Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO)

The ATC scholarship program is offered to potential high school, diploma, or graduate students.

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Job Purpose

To prevent collision between aircraft in the air/on the ground between aircraft and obstructions and expedite and maintain an orderly flow of air traffic.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • Manage traffic as flight planned, entering assigned airspace.
  • Monitor and direct aircraft movements on the ground and in the air, using surveillance systems (radar), computers, or visual references.
  • Control all ground traffic at airports, including baggage vehicles and airport workers.
  • Manage communications by transferring control of departing flights to the traffic control centre and accepting control of arriving flights.
  • Provide information to pilots, such as weather updates, runway closures, and other critical information.
  • Issue landing and take-off instructions to pilots.
  • Direct ground traffic, including taxiing aircraft, maintenance, and baggage vehicles, and airport workers.
  • Monitor and direct aircraft movements within an assigned air space and on the ground at airports to minimise delays and maximise safety.
  • Maintain radio and telephone contact with adjacent control towers, terminal control units, and other area control centres in order to coordinate aircraft movements.
  • Alert airport emergency services in case of emergencies and when aircrafts are experiencing difficulties.
  • Initiate and coordinate searches for missing aircrafts.
  • Complete daily activity reports and keep records of messages from aircrafts.

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