FAA hiring air traffic controllers

In this March 16, 2017 photo, air traffic controllers work in the tower at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. A House panel on Tuesday weighed legislation that would split off management of the nation's skies from the Federal Aviation Administration and give that responsibility to an independent, nonprofit company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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In this March 16, 2017 photo, air traffic controllers work in the tower at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. A House panel on Tuesday weighed legislation that would split off management of the nation's skies from the Federal Aviation Administration and give that responsibility to an independent, nonprofit company. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Credit: Seth Wenig

Credit: Seth Wenig

The Federal Aviation Administration is hiring air traffic controllers, with Friday July 14 as the last day of a brief period to apply.

The FAA’s hiring window for entry-level air traffic controllers runs from July 7 through July 14 at 11:59 p.m.

Interested applicants can find more information and apply at usajobs.com.

Those who successfully complete training and other requirements to get the job will get a permanent appointment at an FAA facility with a salary of $38,575 plus locality pay depending on the facility.

But for air traffic controllers overall -- an aging workforce -- the median annual wage was $127,805 in 2016. Pay for advanced controllers depends on the location, the complexity of the airspace and other factors.

"Because of the serious nature of this work and zero margin for error, the training regimen and proficiencies needed to become an air traffic control specialist, are demanding," according to the FAA's website.

No experience in air traffic control is required to apply for the entry-level positions, but the job does require U.S. citizenship and applicants must be age 30 or under. They  must also pass an air traffic skills assessment exam, a medical exam, a security investigation and pre-employment tests.

The job also requires three years of “progressively responsible work experience” or a bachelor’s degree, or three years of a combination of post-secondary education and work experience. And among the requirements is the ability to “Speak English clearly enough to be understood over communications equipment.”

Also required is a willingness to relocate. Air traffic controllers at large facilities may rotate between day, evening and night shifts, as well as weekends and holidays.

Those selected will undergo several weeks in an “intensive training program” at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City. Those who do not successfully complete the paid training will not get the job.

For those who miss this hiring window, the FAA expects to open the hiring window again in the future.