NOC 2272 – Air traffic controllers and related occupations

 

  • air traffic control assistant
  • air traffic control chief
  • air traffic control officer
  • air traffic controller (ATC)
  • air traffic controller, airport
  • air traffic controller, enroute
  • air traffic controller, terminal
  • air traffic co-ordinator
  • airline dispatcher
  • airport air traffic controller
  • assistant, air traffic control
  • ATC (air traffic controller)
  • chief air traffic controller
  • controller, air traffic
  • dispatcher, flights
  • enroute air traffic controller
  • flight dispatch assistant
  • flight dispatcher
  • flight operations officer
  • flight service specialist (FSS)
  • head air traffic controller
  • instrument flight rules air traffic controller
  • officer, air traffic control
  • terminal air traffic controller
  • tower controller – air traffic
  • visual flight rules air traffic controller

Job Duties

Air traffic controllers and related occupations perform some or all of the following duties:
Air traffic controllers

  • Control flow of air traffic within assigned airspace using radar monitors, radio and other communication equipment and visual references
  • Issue aircraft takeoff and landing instructions to pilots and relay meteorological, navigational and other information to pilots in flight
  • Maintain radio and telephone contact with adjacent control towers, terminal control units and other area control centres, and co-ordinate movement of aircraft into adjoining areas
  • Alert airport emergency services when aircraft are experiencing difficulties and report missing aircraft to search and rescue services
  • Direct activities of all moving aircraft and service vehicles on or near airport runways.

Flight service specialists

  • Provide pre-flight information concerning current and forecast weather conditions, radio frequencies, terrain, airports and related data to assist pilots in preparation of flight plans
  • Check flight plans for completeness and accuracy and forward flight plans to air traffic services facility
  • Respond to radio calls from aircraft preparing for takeoff or landing and supply information such as weather conditions, wind speed and direction and presence of local air traffic
  • Support air traffic control operations by relaying radio requests for flight clearances, arrival and departure information and position reports
  • Alert airport emergency services of aircraft experiencing difficulties and initiate communication searches when aircraft become overdue
  • Observe, record and report weather conditions at airports.

Flight dispatchers

  • Analyze environmental conditions and assess aircraft for load and fuel capacity and other factors to determine flight routes
  • Brief flight crew before takeoff on weather conditions, status of navigational facilities and airports en route
  • Co-sign flight authorization with aircraft captain
  • Monitor progress of flight and communicate as required with aircraft during flight
  • Delay or cancel flights if conditions warrant
  • Prepare and maintain flight plans, flight logs and other reports.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A basic radio telephone operator’s licence is required.
  • Air traffic controllers and flight service specialists require completion of a NAV Canada training program which includes structured in-class and on-the-job training.
  • Air traffic controllers require an air traffic controller’s licence.
  • Flight dispatchers may require experience in air traffic control or flight operations and may require a private pilot’s licence.

Additional Information

  • Air traffic controllers with experience and appropriate NAV Canada endorsements may move to units with higher volumes of air traffic.

Exclusions

  • Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators (2275)

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