Updated: Jan 2017

Specialty Summary

1C1X1 Air Traffic Control Duties: Controls en route and terminal air traffic by use of visual, radar, and non-radar means. Supervises and manages air traffic control (ATC) facilities.

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For Entry Into This Specialty


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  • For performance of ATC duties, possession of a Federal Aviation Administration ATC Specialist Certificate.
  • Ability to speak English clearly and distinctly as demonstrated by the Reading Aloud Test (RAT).
  • Specialty requires routine access to Secret material or similar environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Controls and regulates en route and terminal air traffic. Initiates and issues ATC clearances, instructions, and advisories to ensure the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic operating under instrument and visual flight rules. Plans, organizes, directs, inspects, and evaluates ATC activities.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: ATC principles and procedures; flight characteristics of aircraft; International Civil Aviation Organization and United States federal and military air directives; use of aeronautical charts, maps, and publications; interpretation, use, and limitations of ATC radar; use of ATC communications systems and navigational aids; and fundamentals of meteorology. United States Air Force certification as an ATC specialist satisfies these requirements. Not a part of the certification requirements, knowledge is also mandatory of principles of organization, purpose, operation, and management of ATC facilities.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in English is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 1C131 Completion of the ATC Apprentice course (E3ABR1C131 00AB; PDS Code WXI).
  • 1C171 Completion of the ATC Craftsman course (E6ACS1C171 00CB; PDS Code AOC).

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 1C151. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C131. Also, experience is mandatory performing functions involving actual control of aircraft.
  • 1C171. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C151. Also, experience is mandatory supervising or performing ATC functions.
  • 1C191. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1C171. Also, experience is mandatory managing ATC functions.

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