Hiring Bid AEA-ATO-21-RCM-73308


Staff member

*Internal to Agency*


  • Open & Closing Dates
    07/01/2021 to 06/30/2022
  • Service
  • Pay Scale & Grade
    AT KH
  • Salary
    $137,971 to $186,263 per year
    Salary range cited above includes a locality rate of 26.04%. FAA employee pay rate with locality pay is capped by law at $199,300.
  • Appointment Type
  • Work Schedule
  • Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Relocation Expenses Reimbursed
    Yes - Permanent Change of Station (PCS) - Employees with status: A fixed relocation payment of $27,000 will be paid.



Serves as a Air Traffic Control Specialist at a Level 11 Tower and Approach Control Facility and is responsible for the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic.


Serves as a Radar Controller at a Level 11 Tower and Approach Control Facility and is responsible for the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic. A Level 11 radar approach control is characterized by a traffic density measure of 100 or more instrument operations per hour. Incumbent projects a positive, cooperative attitude towards system users and operators.

Travel Required​

Not required - The job does not require any travel.

Supervisory status​


Promotion Potential​



Conditions of Employment​

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


Basic qualifications for Certified Professional Controller (CPC) positions in the terminal and en route options:
- Specialized Experience Required for CPC Positions: Must have been facility rated or area certified in an ATO terminal/en route facility.
- Rating and Evaluation Criteria: In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, candidates will be rated in accordance with the instructions on FAA Form 3330-43-1 (dated 6/00), Rating of Air Traffic Experience for AT Movement.

Damn, all you guys really just will not stop spamming that the bid is open for the whole world to know so my chances get totally cucked haha. But since we're here now, how many of you guys out there with higher level experience are planning on applying?

For all those considering it, here's a few things to consider...
1. You have to live in Philly
2. You have to get your ass kicked 6 days a week for 10 hours a day by EWR radar traffic and you will be extremely short staffed indefinitely.
3. You'll be making level 11 pay until the tci numbers catch up and they get upgraded, which is not necessarily guaranteed considering PHL was running level 9 numbers last I checked. I think they should eventually be a 12 but it could be a couple years since the tci is on a 1 year rolling average.
4. It's most likely a career long sentence assuming you are one of the 30% who succeeds, unless of course you pull a hardship out of your ass.
5. When you're one of the 70% who washes, you're headed right back to the shit hole you just came from.
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