Air Traffic Control Officer
It’s not just the air space directly above you that you’ll be responsible for. You’ll control the flow of air traffic for a 30-mile radius. Given this could be anywhere in the world depending on where your missions take you – with civilian and private traffic, extreme weather and potential conflict to consider – you’ll need to be completely on the ball. Whether you’re in the middle of the ocean on board an aircraft carrier like the new Queen Elizabeth, or on shore at a Royal Naval Air Station, the lives of your crewmates will be in your hands.
- Monitor the airwaves and make sure each and every one of the helicopters and jets under your watch lands safely.
- Use your knowledge of our world-class kit, and understanding of your environment, to give clear instructions to pilots and crew.
- Operate sophisticated radar and communication systems, and collaborate with everyone in your team.
- Use your world-class communication skills to ensure the safety of your crew.
What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
- Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or even a degree, with funding from us
- Gain specialist vocational qualifications
- Gain a Foundation Degree in Airspace Management on completion of professional training
Skills you'll develop
- How to use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor your airspace and keep it safe
- The art of effective communication and decision-making in high-pressure situations
Pay and benefits
- A starting salary of at least £27,000
- Earn up to £33,000 within two years
- Accelerated training and responsibility from day one
- Six weeks of paid holiday every year
- Free medical and dental care
- Subsidised travel and accommodation
- Adventurous training
- Excellent pension scheme
What you'll need
- You must be aged 17 to 34
- You’ll need a minimum of 96 UCAS points. These can be accrued from either GCE A/AS levels (or equivalent) or National Diplomas (e.g. BTEC)
- You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C (9-4) (or Scottish equivalent), which must include English and Mathematics at grade B/6 or above
- A British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen, or Dual National
- Minimum height of 151.5cm
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
- Pass the Naval Swimming Test
Skills and interests
- Able to thrive on responsibility
- A confident leader
- A passion for working as part of a team
- Calm under pressure
- Able to concentrate for long periods of time