Aviation Sciences Technology - Air Traffic Control
Aviation Sciences Technology - Air Traffic Control

Aviation Sciences Technology - Air Traffic Control, AAS

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Workforce Development

Classes offered at following campus(es)

  • Riverside Community Campus and Aviation Center

Contact Information:

(918) 595-3717
112 W. Beechcraft Drive
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If you aspire to a career as an Air Traffic Controller, directing aircraft safely into and out of the nation’s airports, the FAA approved Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative program at TCC is a great place to start.

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Air Traffic Control, approved by the FAA since 2009, includes training in the application of tower and terminal radar approach control procedures. TCC’s curriculum uses high-fidelity control tower and radar approach simulation created by Adacel, a leading developer of operational air traffic management systems. Earning the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Air Traffic Control provides graduates the skills and training necessary to be successful at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.

According to the FAA, 10,000 new air traffic controllers will be hired over the next 10 years. The FAA requires job applicants be under age 31 at time of FAA employment as a controller. It is recommended that you start the Air Traffic program by the age of 27.

Program Requirements

You must meet certain requirements to advance through the program and be recommended for the FAA Academy. You must make a minimum grade of a “C” or better within the specialized course requirements prior to being awarded permission in the next sequential specialized course. However, graduating students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher within the specialized courses as well as having graduated from TCC with their earned degree in ATC in order to be recommended to the FAA Academy. Completion of this program does not guarantee admission to the FAA Academy. And admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admittance into the Air Traffic Control Program.

Enrollment Procedures

Here are the procedures for enrolling in TCC’s Aviation courses

  1. All prospective air traffic control students must meet with the TCC aviation counselor at the TCC Riverside Community Campus and Aviation Center
  2. Potential air traffic control students must provide the following documents to the aviation counselor:
    a. Proof of U.S. citizenship in form of:
    i. An original birth certificate with raised seal documenting birth in the United States or one of its territories;
    ii. A valid, unexpired United States passport;
    iii. An original U.S. Naturalization Certificate with raised seal, Form N-550 or Form N-570;
    iv. An original certification of birth abroad, Form FS-545 or Form DS-1350; or
    v. An original Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, Form N-560 or Form N-561.
    b. Valid Class II FAA Medical with audiogram.

FAA Requirements

The FAA requires individuals interested in becoming an Air Traffic Controller to meet the following:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Not have reached age 31 at time of FAA employment
  • Pass a FAA Class II medical for Air Traffic Controllers
  • Pass a security investigation
  • Have three years of progressively responsible work experience, or a Bachelor's degree, or a combination of post-secondary education and work experience that totals three years.
  • Pass the FAA air traffic pre-employment tests
  • Speak English clearly enough for others to understand you on communication equipment
  • Complete an interview

This degree option is for students who are interested in pursuing a career in Air Traffic Control. All aviation courses require permission by the aviation counselor and/or ATC Coordinator.

General Education Requirements: 18 Hours

Communication/Psychology 3 hours

select one course from the following:
COMM 1113 Public Speaking
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology

English 6 hours

*ENGL 1113 Composition I

and select one course from the following:
*ENGL 1213 Composition II
*ENGL 2333 Technical/Professional Writing

Mathematics 3 hours

*MATH 1513 College Algebra

Social Science 6 hours

POLS 1113 American Federal Government 

and select one course from the following: 
HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present

*Course has prerequisite.

Specialized Course Requirements: 42 Hours

Aviation Sciences Technology 42 hours

AVST 1113 Private Pilot Ground School
*AVST 1232 Air Traffic Control Flight Training Lab
*AVST 1343 Introduction to Air Traffic Control
*AVST 1354 Air Traffic Control Tower Operations I
*AVST 1364 Air Traffic Control Radar Operations I
AVST 2113 History of Aviation
AVST 2213 Instrument Pilot Ground School
*AVST 2226 Air Traffic Control Tower Operations II
*AVST 2246 Air Traffic Control Tower Operations III
*AVST 2253 Aviation Meteorology
*AVST 2262 Air Traffic Control Enroute and Non-Radar
*AVST 2273 Air Traffic Control Career Prep

Total Credit Hours: 60

*Course has prerequisite.

Workforce Development Degree Information

Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.

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