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Army MOS 15Q Air Traffic Control Operator

One of the ways the Army moves people and vehicles is by air. And it’s the job of the Air Traffic Control Operator to track planes and give landing and take-off instructions at air traffic control facilities.

Some of your duties as an Air Traffic Control Operators may include:

Follow flights using visual, instrument and special flight rules
Assist in the installation and relocation of tactical air traffic control facilities
Process flight plan data
Maintain logs, records, files and tape recordings of voice communications
Control airborne and ground traffic

Job training for an Air Traffic Control Operator requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you learn basic Soldiering skills, and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in a classroom and part in the field under simulated combat conditions. Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

Air traffic control management
Operation procedures for air traffic control
Communications and radar procedures
Aircraft recognition
Take-off, landing and ground control procedures

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced Air Traffic Control Operators provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Air Traffic Control Operator, you may be involved in:

Provide guidance on technical issues
Brief shift personnel on runway utilization, airfield conditions and weather and ground activity

Related Civilian Jobs
The skills you will learn as an Air Traffic Control Operator will allow you to be work at airports – in towers and flight service stations – and in air route traffic control centers, and for the U.S. Department of Defense, some work for private air traffic control companies providing service to non-FAA towers and contract flight service stations.

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Aircraft Powertrain Repairer (15D)