Trainee Air Traffic Controller Careers
Welcome to Airways. You've just landed at the destination where you'll find all the information you need to help your future take off.
Whether you've already thought about becoming an Air Traffic Controller (ATC), or are just exploring the possibility, you're about to discover that it's a career that provides an impressive mix of challenge, opportunity and reward.
So, before you start navigating air traffic with us, navigate your way around this site to learn what an ATC career is all about, what you need to do it and how far an ATC career can take you. Along the way you'll find informative videos, through which you'll meet some of the team. (If you're in a hurry, why not start with the FAQ's).
Trainee Career Progression
The following diagram shows a typical career progression of a trainee. A summary of each stage is also detailed below.
If you want to become a Trainee Air Traffic Controller you'll need to apply!
Before you apply make sure you fit the requirements
Please note: While we encourage people to apply now, please be aware that the application process can take 6 - 12 months.
The application process involves a series of steps where applicants are tested on various abilities that are needed in Air Traffic Control. A summary of the application process is available here>>
Once you pass through the application process you'll be offered the chance to become a trainee.
As a Trainee you'll join us on one of our 12 month Training Courses. Each Trainee Course normally contains 10-12 Trainees at a time.
Training begins in Christchurch or Palmerston North where you'll be working on our simulators and theory classes to bring you up to speed on Air Traffic Control and what your future role will be. More information on what training you'll be doing can be found here >>
Once you have successfully completed your initial 6 months initial training, you'll be posted to Palmerston North, Ohakea, Napier or New Plymouth Towers. Occassionally Dunedin and Nelson are also used as 'On-the-job' Training locations to learn to learn with real Air Traffic Controllers and real aeroplanes. More information on what training you'll be doing can be found here >>
Once you have successfully completed your On-the-job training you'll be offered of a job subject to:
- Obtaining an ATC License (see eligibility conditions)
- A recommendation from the Training Centre and your OJTI Instructors that you've demonstrated suitable behaviour to be an Airways employee
- A pre-employment drug test
- A Ministry of Justice criminal records check
To learn more about this exciting career option please watch the media below or use the menu to the left which should supply you with all you need to get applying!
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Trainee ATC Quick Links
Tales From the Tower
Alice Palmer is living proof that complaining about your job can change your life! Alice was working at an entry-level government job in Wellington.
Oliver Gibbs is fairly new to air traffic control (ATC).