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FAA to Launch Nation-wide Air Traffic Control Specialist Announcement

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is launching a nation-wide air traffic control specialist (ATCS) recruitment, outreach, and education program in advance of a public vacancy announcement expected on or about February 10, 2014.  The position will close on February 21, 2014. The FAA encourages all interested individuals who are eligible to apply for these positions.

The Eastern Kentucky University Aerospace Management and Aerospace Technology graduates are uniquely qualified to apply now and in the future. If you are a graduate, please review the links below to learn more about career opportunities at the FAA. If you are interested in completing one of our aerospace degrees to prepare yourself for a future position as an Air Traffic Controller, please contact Ralph Gibbs, EKU Director of Aviation at or 859-622-1014.

To be considered for a position as an air traffic controller, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Start the FAA Academy no later than your 31st birthday.
  • Be willing to relocate to an air traffic facility based on the FAA’s highest needs at the time.
  • Have three years of progressively responsible work experience, or a Bachelor’s degree, or a combination of post-secondary education and work experience that totals three years.

Selected applicants must also:

  • Pass the FAA pre-employment tests.
  • Pass a medical examination.
  • Pass a security investigation.
  • Demonstrate ability to speak English clearly enough to be understood over communications equipment.

Qualified individuals ready to apply now should:

  • To learn more about becoming an Air Traffic Controller, visit
  • To register for the FAA Virtual Career fair, visit click the “Register today for the Virtual Career Fair” advertisement on the right hand side of the page.

In addition, the FAA is promoting their events via FAA Social Media channels.  

The message, “Now is the time to apply or to begin preparing yourself for a career with the FAA by enrolling in EKUs Aerospace Management degree concentration.”

Published on January 27, 2014

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