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Now Hiring: Experienced Air Traffic Controllers

A new hiring window for experienced air traffic control opens on March 26 and closes March 31. Visit for full application instructions and additional information. Please ensure you meet the minimum requirements below before applying.

Every minute, every hour, every day, there are men and women working to ensure the safety and efficiency of our national airspace system.

This elite group of more than 14,000 FAA air traffic control specialists provide a vital public service to guide pilots, their planes and 2.2 million daily passengers from taxi to takeoff, through the air and back safely on the ground.

Depending on the nature of an applicant's previous air traffic controller experience, other qualifications may be required for employment. See the full application for employment on

Qualifications for experienced controllers:

  • United States citizenship
  • No older than 35 years of age (with special exceptions)
  • Specialized experience:

    The announcement is open to candidates who have maintained at least 52 consecutive weeks of air traffic control experience involving the full-time active separation of air traffic after receipt of an air traffic control certification or facility rating within five years of application while serving at:

    • an FAA air traffic control facility; OR
    • a civilian or military air traffic control facility of the Department of Defense; OR
    • a tower operating under contract with the FAA under section 47124
  • Applicants must be willing to work at any FAA air traffic facility, and may be required to attend specialized training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.

Veterans currently on active duty claiming veterans' preference will be granted tentative preference if they submit a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions and their application shows that they have the required service.

Prior to being appointed, they must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office a DD Form 214 documenting discharge/release and showing that the service was honorable or general. Veterans who are on terminal leave, must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.

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