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.
- With their first licence (Endorsement 1), ATCOs are paid an annual salary of CHF 89'200 to 99'500 (including additional pay for extra responsibilities). One year after obtaining their full licence, the salary ranges from CHF 105'627 to 137'909. After 25 years, the annual salary range goes from CHF 151'359 to 195'074.
- 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) enjoy easier access to air traffic controller training. After their 4th semester and successful completion of an aptitude test, they can take an additional 2-month course as interns with skyguide.
You may find a detailed job description and training requirements for air traffic controllers right here on this site, or our new online brochure (German/French/Italian).
For more information, please contact recruitment(at)skyguide.ch.