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NAplaya16-ATC
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« on: February 11, 2008, 10:46:50 PM »

hello everybody,

im new to ATC, and i just want clarification on the actual hiring process from CTI schools.  Currently, i am under the impression that upon graduation from the school, your name gets entered either into as a "direct hire" or you have to wait for the next time they are accepting people at OKC.   My first question is, is that correct?  My second question is, upon graduation and choosing where you would like to work (based on availability), are you highered first by the facility, then sent to OKC to recieve training?  or is there another process used in the hiring process?

If yall can answer these questions, or have any info at all, please feel free to respond!

Thank you!

-NAplaya
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008, 11:02:10 PM »

I went to Vaughn college in queens... After you graduate the school sends OKC a letter of recomendation. Then the paper work begins. It was basically all paperwork for about a year. After its all said and done you choose 5 states of where youd like to work. I chose NY NJ NC and I think that was it. Then they send you an offer, for me it was terminal option, NC. I accepted it. Next was the exact facilty, for me RDU. Either before the offers or after, i dont remember, you go to the drug tests, physicals, psychological tests, security clearance etc. After that they call you to schedule a class date in OKC. Go to OKC, pass, then your off to your facility.
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2008, 03:18:31 PM »

so how long were you in OKC?
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2008, 04:31:51 PM »

8/14 till 10/04. That was for the tower class, After I get checked out through the tower, I gotta go back for RTF (radar training) which is about a month. Now this is only cause we are an up/down facility. If you go to lets sat JFK, there is no tracon so they would not need to go to RTF. Some facilitys, off the top of my head i know N90 (NY tracon) does their own RTF so they also do not need to go back to OKC. Now if you go enroute, the class is longer...I think 12-13 weeks or somethin like that.
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2008, 05:59:57 PM »

Now if you go enroute, the class is longer...I think 12-13 weeks or somethin like that.

For CTI's, that's true.  For off the street, it's a few weeks longer than that.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2008, 06:51:07 PM »

ots FTL
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2008, 02:43:44 AM »

Now if you go enroute, the class is longer...I think 12-13 weeks or somethin like that.

For CTI's, that's true.  For off the street, it's a few weeks longer than that.

AT Basics is like another 5 weeks long. Pretty much just NAV stuff.
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2008, 03:29:32 PM »

ok, lets say an ATC chooses their states for which they work at,  how long does it take for the FAA, to offer a position?   And lets say that person rejects the offer given,  what happens next?

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2008, 10:11:08 PM »

FAA's slow on everything. If you get something you dont like, you can decline it and be put back into the hiring pool, but you could be waiting a while till they start the next round of bidding. I forgot how many times you can decline an offer.
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2008, 03:39:11 PM »

So i was in talkin with my instructor today, and he informed me that the FAA might/is gonna do a new process, where the FAA will post job openings on the web.  Then, ATC's can go online and apply for the positions at or near the locations where they wish to work at.  Can any of yall confirm this process?

-NAplaya
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2008, 03:54:55 PM »

you can go on the FAA website right now, and you can see where they need controllers... i dont have the exact link but ive been to it. Where are you looking to go anyway?
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2008, 04:27:11 PM »

http://jobs.faa.gov/Allfaajobs.htm - Series 2152 - The ones that say "All Sources" are the Off The Street.
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2008, 05:45:09 PM »

im kinda lookin to go south, like in florida.   my plan is of course to go to a lower level facilty, get most to all my training done, then build up to a higher level facilty.    like i got family in jacksonville, so i might go there first, its a level 9 facilty,  then maybe transfer to like a tampa or miami or something.  thats kinda where im thinkin at.   u got any advice? lol

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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2008, 06:19:50 PM »

Im at a level 9 right now...its goin very well so far. I have heard that a level 9 is perfect to start out at, and I also heard that a 7 is perfect to start at so I dont know.
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2008, 11:05:19 PM »

go for the 12 if you got it in you...if you can control then you've got no worries.  controllers who have been in the system for years have told me it took them forever to get outta lower levels and up to the top.  AND...large facilities are needing a lot of staffing.  be smart and get the most money, experience and get the retirement account growing!!!  i've been at PCT for just over a year and i'll be CPC by end of summer...$$$ and it's never slow and boring
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