Fascination, performance, teamwork, technology are just some aspects of the profession of Air Traffic Controller (ATCO). ATCOs control the aircraft moving through their areas of responsibility – from takeoff to landing. They work in tower and approach, area control centers or as Tactical Fighter Controllers in the air defence and direction center.
Whether you're a young professional in an aviation-related or any other professional area wanting a new challenge, or a highschool graduate looking to enter an attractive domain in constant evolution, here is a summary of what ATCO training covers:
- Paid training courses over a 2 ½ year period.
- Courses include aerodynamics, aircraft technology, meteorology, radar and radio technology, navigation, air traffic information services and technical English.
- In addition to theory, trainees also receive simulator and on-the-job training. Diploma work on an aviation theme completes the training.
- Upon successful completion, trainees receive an international licence, recognised throughout Europe.
- Upon receipt of their licence, ATCOs carry the title of «Air Traffic Controller» accredited by the Swiss Federal Office of Professional Education and Technology.
- ATCOs have frequent opportunities for promotion and development. Many members of our management and respected industry experts began their career as Air Traffic Controllers.
- Aviation students at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) can take an additional 2-month course as interns with skyguide after their 4th semester and successful completion of the aptitude tests.
You find a detailed job description and training requirements for Air Traffic Controllers right here on this site, or in our online brochure (German/French/Italian).
For more information, please contact recruitment(at)skyguide.ch.