Air Traffic Controller

Provide an air traffic control service, flight information service and alerting service within Isle of Man Controlled Airspace.

Day-to-day tasks

  • monitor and direct the movement of aircraft on the ground and in the air.
  • control all ground traffic at airport runways and taxiways
  • issue take-off and landing instructions to pilots
  • keep radio and radar contact with aircraft
  • direct the movement of aircraft en route or at an airport
  • instruct aircraft to climb or descend and allocate final cruising level
  • provide information to aircraft about weather conditions
  • make sure that minimum distances are maintained between planes
  • handle unexpected events, emergencies and unscheduled traffic
  • notify appropriate organisations regarding aircraft in need of search and rescue aid and assist such organisations as required
  • as part of this role you will work a shift pattern including early mornings, late evenings, weekend and bank holidays as well as overnight on-call duties

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • concentration skills
  • knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

Industry Qualifications

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