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The primary purpose of this position is to provide visual flight rules (VFR) air traffic control services to aircraft operating in the vicinity of an airport or on the controlled movement area of the airfield, providing for the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic
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Controls military and civilian aircraft in a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) control tower environment.
Observes and reports airport advisories, critical weather information, and equipment outages.
Provides instruction and assistance to air traffic control personnel.
Maintains certification requirements.
Establishes and maintains good working rapport; creates an atmosphere of partnership with customers properly reflecting organizational policies and procedures.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Air Traffic Controllers
Controllers, Air Traffic
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship Required
Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov.
This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
Disclosure of Political Appointments
PCS expenses will NOT be paid
Recruitment incentives are NOT authorized
Must possess valid Control Tower Operator (CTO) certification and obtain/maintain currency of the same.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
Subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.
May be required to work an uncommon tour of duty, i.e., Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays, etc.; may be required to work rotating shifts and overtime.
May be required to respond to short notice recall to support unscheduled emergency air traffic and/or contingencies/exercises to support the mission.
Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
This is a Key position. Incumbents must be removed from their military recall status if alternatives for filling the position during an emergency are unavailable
Must complete all training requirements within locally prescribed time limits to obtain and maintain a full facility rating in facility of assignment.
Pre-employment physical required. Must have the ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time while controlling aircraft in a Tower facility; may be required to climb several flights of stairs to reach the Control Tower Cab.
Must have the ability to meet and maintain on a continuing basis, the physical, mental, and medical standards for ATC duties as specified in Code of Federal Regulation 14 Part 67 and by the OPM qualification standard for GS-2152.
May be required to work under adverse environmental conditions.
Must accomplish local limited weather observer certification requirements administered by base weather flight.
In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Individual Occupational Requirements for Air Traffic Control, 2152 Series.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience which includes experience in a military or civilian air traffic facility that demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the level of work of the specialization for which application is made. This experience must have provided a comprehensive knowledge of appropriate air traffic control laws, rules, and regulations. Examples of specialized experience include issuing control instructions and advice to pilots in the vicinity of airports to assure proper separation of aircraft and to expedite their safe and efficient movement. This specialization also requires ability to act decisively under stressful situations and to maintain alertness over sustained periods of pressure; skill to coordinate plans and actions with pilots and other controllers; and judgment to select and take the safest and most effective course of action from among several available choices. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the GS-09 grade/level or equivalent position in the federal service.
FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-09 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS- 11 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1.Knowledge of the laws, roles, regulations and procedures governing the movement of air traffic.
2.Knowledge of Terminal Air Traffic Control (ATC) Procedures, including tower procedures.
3.Knowledge of the functional/operational limitations of all ATC equipment, as well as approach lighting, airfield lighting, weather instructions, navigational aids (NA V AIDS), remote status indicators, arresting systems, landlines, and any other equipment pertaining to ATC services.
4.Knowledge of weather phenomena and localized effects.
5.Ability to make rapid and precise judgments in a real-time work situation, remain calm under conditions that are stressful, coordinate many different processes at once, and adjust rapidly to changes in the traffic pattern and tempo of work activity.
6.Ability to communicate effectively (rapidly, clearly, and distinctly) orally and in writing; to act decisively in emergency situations; and to provide appropriate reporting procedures as required.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE: The maximum age for original entry into an identified ATC position is 36 years. An individual shall NOT be appointed or assigned to an ATC position if that appointment cannot be completed prior to the last day of the month in which the individual reaches his/her 36th birthday. Applicants over the age limit must meet re-entry or age waiver requirements in accordance with DoDI 1400.25-V331 dated 26 Jan 15, Department of Defense Civilian Personnel Manual, Subchapter 331, Civilian Air Traffic Controllers. Any individual who has reached the mandatory separation age (56) is NOT eligible for employment/reemployment as an ATC (5 U.S.C. 3323(a) (reference (b)).
NOTE: ATCs have a mandatory separation age of 56. This position is covered as an Air Traffic Controller under 5 USC 2109. This position is subject to the special retirement provisions for Air Traffic Controllers under CSRS and FERS (5 USC 3382, Involuntary Separation for Retirement; 5 USC 8335(a) and 8425(a), Mandatory Separation; 5 USC 8336(e), Immediate Retirement; 5 USC 8339(3) and 8415(d), Computation of annuity, and 8412(e).
RE-ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: ATC Specialist in receipt of a refund, of retirement contributions for the years of service covered under special retirement, will not receive service credit towards the 20 years required to retire under special retirement coverage, unless the redeposit is paid in full prior to date of retirement.
IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
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