AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SPECIALIST (TERMINAL)
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCEHeadquarters, Air Force Reserve Command
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- Accepting applications
Open & closing dates01/03/2023 to 01/09/2023
Salary$80,015 - $104,016 per year
Pay scale & gradeGS 11
LocationFew vacancies in the following location:
Travel RequiredOccasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursedNo
Appointment typePermanent -
Work scheduleFull-time -
Job family (Series)2152 Air Traffic Control
This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
Family of overseas employeesFamily members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is or was, working overseas.
Federal employees - Competitive serviceCurrent or former competitive service federal employees.
Federal employees - Excepted serviceCurrent excepted service federal employees.
Individuals with disabilities
Land & base managementCertain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Clarification from the agencyEligible NAF employees are considered under Hiring Path - "Federal employees-Excepted service"
DutiesThe primary purpose of this position is: To provide air traffic control (ATC) services to military and civilian aircraft operating in a terminal radar environment using instrument flight rules (IFR), visual flight rules (VFR), and special VFR (SVFR); to provide terminal non-radar approach control services in allocated airspace in the event of radar outages; and, to provide VFR and SVFR ATC services to aircraft operating in the vicinity of March Air Reserve Base (MARB) or within the Controlled Movement Area (CMA) of the airfield providing for the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic.
- Performs duties as Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) Radar Controller.
- Performs duties as Tower Controller.
- Performs and serves as Controller-in-Charge (CIC) when no official supervisory personnel are available.
- Performs on-the-job training (OJT) for developmental controllers.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
- Travel and Expenses WILL NOT be paid
- This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
- Disclosure of Political Appointments
- Must have previously obtained and possessed a valid FAA/ATC Specialist (ATCS) certification and/or valid Control Tower Operator (CTO) certification or certificate of scores.
- Must be able to obtain and possess current and valid FAA/ATC Specialist (ATCS) certification and maintain same.
- Must be able to obtain and possess valid Control Tower Operator (CTO) certification or certificate of scores and maintain/obtain currency of the same.
- A SECRET clearance is required.
- This position is designated by the USAF as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Air Force Civilian Drug Testing Program. The employee is subject to 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. Work demands may not allow for regularly scheduled breaks or meal periods.
- Supervisors may authorize an on-the-job lunch period of 20 minutes or less spent at or near their work stations.
- 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 Mission-Essential position performing a Mission-Critical-Function which must continue uninterrupted after the occurrence of an emergency and continued through full resumption of all functions.
- Must complete all training requirements within facility prescribed time limits to obtain and maintain full facility certification in all ATC facilities.
- 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).
- The incumbent of this position must have the ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time while controlling aircraft in a dimly lit IFR room or a Control Tower facility.
- The incumbent must have the ability to meet and maintain on a continuing basis, the physical, mental, and medical standards for ATC duties as specified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification standard for GS-2152.
QualificationsThe position may require the employee to work under adverse environmental conditions.
The incumbent must accomplish local limited weather observer certificationrequirements administered by base weather flight.
This position is designated as a key position IAW AFI 36-507. Duties of this position are essential to the accomplishment of wartime/contingency operations. Incumbents of key positions must be removed from their military recall status if alternative for filling of the position during an emergency are not available.
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, Air Traffic Control Series, 2152.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-09, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes experience in 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 specialized experience also requires the 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.
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. NOTE: Applicants applying as VEOA candidates who are current GS civil service employees or are prior GS civil service employees within the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.
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, rules, regulations and procedures governing the movement of air traffic and ATC operations. Knowledge of the rules, regulations and procedures governing the conduct of ATC operations and the separation of aircraft in terminal radar approach control and Control Tower operations.
2. Knowledge of the functional/operational limitations of all ATC equipment, as well as radar systems, weather indicators, approach lighting, airfield lighting, NAVAIDS, remote status indicators (RSI), arresting systems, radios, landlines, recording equipment, ATC simulation systems, and any other equipment pertaining to ATC services. Proven capability to apply the procedures and standards for separation and control of IFR, VFR, and SVFR aircraft. Knowledge of both radar and non-radar procedures for control and separation of aircraft utilizing vector, speed control, time parameters, reporting points, vertical and lateral separation techniques. Ability to control numerous aircraft operations from several satellite airports within airspace of jurisdiction; applying departure and arrival procedures, which must be rapidly assimilated and mentally updated with rapid changes occurring in the traffic system.
3. Knowledge of the relationship and coordination required between ATC and non-ATC agencies, and other components of the National Airspace System. General knowledge of military organization, including familiarity with component major command, DoD and FAA hierarchy and internal structure, operational methods, rank, customs and protocol is needed.
4. Knowledge of National Airspace Systems (NAS), its complex airway structures, satellite airport configurations, NAVAIDS, and Special Use Airspace (SUA) such as a Military Operations Area (MOA). Knowledge of MOA and other SUA and the application of procedures for control of military aircraft in and out of this airspace ensuring other military and general aviation aircraft are separated and traffic flows maintained.
5. Knowledge of weather phenomena and localized effects. Ability to operate weather system displays acquiring numerous data for different airports and areas for timely dissemination to aircrews and other ATC agencies. 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. Capability to communicate effectively (rapidly, clearly, and distinctly) verbally and in writing; to act decisively in emergency situations; and, to provide appropriate reporting procedures as required. Incumbent must utilize effective communication skills (oral and written) in dealing with a variety of individuals and groups to ensure timely coordination and accomplishment of assigned projects. Contact involves formal/informal meetings and public forums and telephone conversations with military and civilian government officials and military and civilian aviation officials in numerous public organizations. Knowledge of standard administration and correspondence practices required to manage administrative functions such as publications, operating instructions, filing plans, etc. is required. Ability to conduct classroom instruction and on-the-job training (OJT).
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.
Medical Requirements: In general, air traffic control specialist applicants and employees must have the capacity to perform the essential functions of these positions without risk to themselves or others. The provision of sufficient information about physical capacity for employment requires that before appointment, applicants undergo appropriate pre-employment physical/medical evaluations.
EducationPART-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.