By Kyle Garrett
The Aviation Institute of Maintenance, one of the nation’s largest aircraft mechanic schools with 10 locations has teamed with Hampton University in Virginia to offer air traffic controller (ATC) training in Chesapeake, VA.
As a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) -approved Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program, graduates are eligible to forego the usual five weeks of initial training required at FAA’s headquarters in Oklahoma City.
According to the FAA website, “these (AT-CTI) schools offer two- and four-year non-engineering aviation degrees that teach basic courses in air traffic control. We call this program the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI). The program is designed to provide qualified applicants to fill developmental air traffic control specialist positions.”
Air Traffic Controllers are some of the highest paid workers in the aviation industry, and most positions include excellent benefits. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, air traffic controllers brought home median pay of over $108,000 per year in 2010. See our list of air traffic controller schools here.
However, not everyone is eligible to be an air traffic control specialist. In order to qualify for training, a person must:
- be younger than 31
- be a U.S. citizen
- complete an air traffic management degree from an FAA certified school
- pass an entrance test
- complete additional training at the FAA academy.
Some people with previous ATC experience may not have to meet all of these qualifications.
Hampton University offers U.S. military veterans VA-approved training.
Click here to get more information on how to enroll in the Hampton University air traffic controller program