Minor in Air Traffic Control

Students majoring in another discipline or pursuing an aviation degree who wish to minor in air traffic control (ATC), must complete the following requirements. Students completing the ATC Minor will be eligible for recommendation for hire as air traffic controllers under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) College Training Initiative (CTI) program. Completion of the ATC Minor does not guarantee hire by the FAA.

Special Considerations

UAA has no restrictions on age or physical condition of students. However, students desiring employment with the FAA should be aware of employment requirements:

  1. Medical Certificate is required as depicted in FAR 65.49 and 67 Subpart C.
  2. Thirty-year-old maximum age restriction for students anticipating employment in terminal or en route options.
  3. For employment considerations with the FAA, students must receive a PASS score on the Air Traffic-Selection and Training (ATSAT) examination administered by the FAA. The examination provides a systematic process for continued enhancement of air traffic selection and training by testing candidates for recognition and cognitive skills required in the air traffic specialty and to identify the “composite controller.”

Advising

All students must meet with an academic advisor in the Aviation Technology Division (ATD) prior to beginning any program of study and are encouraged to meet each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise. Degree check sheets are available in the ATD office.

FAA Recommendation for Employment

To be eligible for FAA employment, a student must achieve a C or better in the following air traffic control courses:

ATC A143ATC Regulations3
ATC A144ATC Flight Procedures3
ATC A147Pilot/Controller Techniques3
ATC A241
A241L
Control Tower Operations
and Control Tower Operations Lab
4
ATC A242
A242L
ATC Terminal Radar Procedures
and ATC Terminal Radar Procedures Lab
4
ATC A243
A243L
ATC Enroute Procedures
and ATC Enroute Procedures Lab
4

Program Requirements

  1. In order to advance to 200 level ATC classes (ATC A241, ATC A241L, ATC A242, ATC A242L, ATC A243, ATC A243L) students must have a C or better in ATC A143, ATC A144 and ATC A147.
  2. Students may repeat ATC A143, ATC A144, and ATC A147 only once due to performance.
  3. Students must complete the following courses:
    ATC A143ATC Regulations3
    ATC A144ATC Flight Procedures3
    or ATP A116 Instrument Ground School
    ATC A147Pilot/Controller Techniques3
    ATC A325Tools for Weather Briefing3
    ATP A235Elements of Weather3
    ATC A440Facility Operation and Administration3
    or ATA A492 Air Transportation System Seminar
    Select one of the following:4
    Control Tower Operations
    and Control Tower Operations Lab
    ATC Terminal Radar Procedures
    and ATC Terminal Radar Procedures Lab
    ATC Enroute Procedures
    and ATC Enroute Procedures Lab
    Total Credits22

A total of 22 credits is required for the minor; 6 credits must be upper division.