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The FAA has created a network of partnerships with colleges, universities and trade schools meant to prepare graduating students to pursue their goal of a career in aviation with the FAA. This effort is known as the Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI). Successful completion of the degree program(s) mentioned below does not guarantee employment with the FAA, however interested graduates should apply for FAA positions through USAJOBS.

Technical Operations — Collegiate Training Initiative (TO-CTI)

Formerly known as the Airway Facilities Collegiate Training Initiative, the TO-CTI schools provide training and education resources to individuals preparing for aerospace careers, as well as continuing education to current employees. We hire students from CTI schools for entry-level careers such as:

  • Airway Transportation Systems Specialists (Job Series 2101)
  • Computer Systems Specialists (Job Series 0334)
  • Electronics Engineers (Job Series 0855)
  • Electronic Technicians (Job Series 0856)
  • Environmental Protection Specialists (Job Series 0028)
  • Engineering Technicians (Job Series 0802)
  • General Engineers (Job Series 0801)

List of approved TO-CTI schools (PDF)

Air Traffic — Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI)

AT-CTI schools offer two- and four-year non-engineering aviation degrees that teach basic courses in air traffic control and aviation administration. The AT-CTI program is designed to provide qualified candidates for developmental air traffic control specialist positions.

Graduates of the AT-CTI program are eligible to bypass the Air Traffic Basics Course, which is the first five weeks of qualification training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City. Academy training consists of option-specific (terminal or en route) initial training. Students must successfully complete all required training at the FAA Academy to continue employment with FAA.

List of approved AT-CTI schools (PDF)

Contact the FAA-approved colleges and trade schools directly to get more information on applying to participate in TO-CTI and AT-CTI programs.

Career Fields

Take control of your career. The FAA has many opportunities for you to contribute to our safe and efficient skies. Below is a sample of possible career fields:

Air Traffic Control Specialists · Technical Operations Specialists · Aviation Safety Inspectors · Engineers · Contract Specialists

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