Job Profile:      Access Control Specialist

Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport, and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers, according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.

Job Information

Select Tasks
Monitor or direct the movement of aircraft within an assigned air space or on the ground at airports to minimize delays and maximize safety.Monitor aircraft within a specific airspace, using radar, computer equipment, or visual references.Inform pilots about nearby planes or potentially hazardous conditions, such as weather, speed and direction of wind, or visibility problems.
Provide flight path changes or directions to emergency landing fields for pilots traveling in bad weather or in emergency situations.Alert airport emergency services in cases of emergency or when aircraft are experiencing difficulties.Direct pilots to runways when space is available or direct them to maintain a traffic pattern until there is space for them to land.
Transfer control of departing flights to traffic control centers and accept control of arriving flights.Direct ground traffic, including taxiing aircraft, maintenance or baggage vehicles, or airport workers.Determine the timing or procedures for flight vector changes.
Maintain radio or telephone contact with adjacent control towers, terminal control units, or other area control centers to coordinate aircraft movement.Contact pilots by radio to provide meteorological, navigational, or other information.Initiate or coordinate searches for missing aircraft.
Check conditions and traffic at different altitudes in response to pilots' requests for altitude changes.Relay air traffic information, such as courses, altitudes, or expected arrival times, to control centers.Compile information about flights from flight plans, pilot reports, radar, or observations.
Inspect, adjust, or control radio equipment or airport lights.Conduct pre-flight briefings on weather conditions, suggested routes, altitudes, indications of turbulence, or other flight safety information.Analyze factors such as weather reports, fuel requirements, or maps to determine air routes.
Organize flight plans or traffic management plans to prepare for planes about to enter assigned airspace.Review records or reports for clarity and completeness and maintain records or reports, as required under federal law.Complete daily activity reports and keep records of messages from aircraft.
Provide on-the-job training to new air traffic controllers.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).The ability to see details at a distance.The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions.The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Select Tools
Airport surface detection equipment ASDE systemsAirport surveillance radar ASR systemsArea navigation RNAV systems
Automatic direction finder ADF radio systemsBinocularsController pilot datalink communication CPDC systems
Desktop computersDifferential global positioning system DGPS surveillance systemsDigital airport surveillance radar DASR systems
Distance measuring equipment DMEFlight simulatorsFrequency modulation FM two way radios
Global positioning system GPS surveillance systemsHigh frequency HF radio communications systemsLocal area augmentation systems LAAS
Long range navigation systems LRNSMainframe computersMicrowave landing systems MLS
Mode S radar systemsNondirectional radio beacon markersPersonal computers
Precision runway monitor PRMStandard terminal automation replacement systems STARSTransponder landing systems TLS
Ultra high frequency UHF radio communication systemsVery high frequency VHF radio communication systemsWide area augmentation systems WAAS

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