IAmAn Air Traffic Controller. Today the FAA opened a public bid accepting applications for ATC. This is a 6 figure job which doesn’t require a college degree. AMA.
Final Update 8/3
The application window is closed! This will be my last update on this thread, although I will continue to answer any questions that I get notifications for here.
To all who applied: Head over to r/ATC_Hiring to keep in touch throughout the upcoming process. There are a lot of hurdles to clear and I know a lot of you will continue to have a ton of questions. I’ll be over there posting updates and helping out along the way. See you there, and good luck!
Update 8/1, 11:00pm CDT
Wrapping up for the night. I’ll be back here tomorrow for the last day of the application window. After that, I encourage those of you who applied and want to stay in touch to head over to r/ATC_Hiring. I created that sub after the last hiring round to be a place for everybody to keep in touch and bounce questions off each other as they move along through the very long hiring process. See you tomorrow!
Update 8/1, 7:00am CDT
Good morning! I’m back here all day to continue to answer any lingering questions. Fire away.
Update 7/31, 9:30pm CDT
Logging off for the night. Thank you all for the continued interest! For those of you who aren’t familiar with how I did my previous AMAs, I will continue to update this thread daily until the bid closes, and then periodically with any major updates. The hiring process takes MONTHS, sometimes over a year. I know a lot of you will continue to have questions as we move along, and I want to be here to help in any way I can.
If you haven’t already, check out the links below to my previous AMAs. I have a bunch of info on how this process works moving forward.
I will be back here tomorrow morning to continue the conversation, and I’ll update this thread accordingly. Also please continue to DM me with any questions you don’t feel comfortable asking publicly. I will do my best to answer every one of you ASAP.
Good night, see ya in the morning!
Update 7/31, 5:30am CDT
Back to answer more questions. Keep them coming! I will continue to respond to questions here and in my DMs throughout the day, and I’ll update here again once I’m done for the night.
HERE is the link for the medical requirements.
Update 11:30pm CDT
I’m heading to bed for a few hours. I’ll be back on in the morning to continue answering questions. A couple answers for some common questions:
I can’t answer many specific questions regarding medical requirements, but I posted a link in my 2018 and 2019 AMA’s, so check those out.
The pay listed on the job posting is your salary while attending the academy at OKC. This will be for 3-4 months depending on which track you are selected for. If you graduate the academy, your pay at your facility will be significantly higher.
See you all tomorrow! Please continue to ask questions here and in my DMs. I’ll answer everyone at some point.
Let me start off by sharing 2 AMA’s I did here for the 2018 and 2019 “off the street” hiring bids that the FAA held. I will link them below. Please take a look at those archived posts as they have a wealth of information contained in them:
Now on to today’s relevant information…
If you are under the age of 31 and interested in becoming an Air Traffic Controller, the Federal Aviation Administration’s public hiring bid is now open through August 2.
This job does not require a college degree, and the average salary after completion of training is $127,805.
•Be a United States citizen
•Be age 30 or under (on the closing date of the application period)
•Pass a medical examination
•Pass a security investigation
•Pass the FAA air traffic pre-employment test
•Speak English clearly enough to be understood over communications equipment
•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
•Be willing to relocate to an FAA facility based on agency staffing needs
More information can be found on the FAA’s website HERE
The hiring process is extremely lengthy (typically at least a year from date of application to your report date to the FAA Academy in OKC), so please understand what you are getting into. That being said, this is very rewarding career which has amazing benefits, including high pay, a pension which will pay around 40% of your highest 3 year income average for the rest of your life, and a 401k with 5% match. Mandatory retirement is age 56, and you can retire sooner with full benefits if you meet certain criteria.
This job isn’t for everybody, but my previous 2 AMA’s had a lot of success and I’ve received hundreds of messages at this point from people who saw my AMA’s, applied, and have since made it into the field. Please check out my previous AMA’s linked above. Some things have changed (such as the removal of the BQ from the hiring process), but there is still tons of relevant information there.