During the next decade, 85 percent of the U.S. air traffic controllers who are currently working will be eligible for retirement. This correlates to approximately 14,000 open positions for new controllers to join the FAA. The Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management program at Embry-Riddle prepares graduates to fill those seats in a thrilling career in air traffic control. One of just a small number of colleges and universities granted FAA designation as a Collegiate Training Initiative school (and among the original cohort of 13), Embry-Riddle’s air traffic control program is taught by passionate, knowledgeable professors who have held positions as air traffic controllers themselves.
The Air Traffic Management program provides you with the knowledge and foundation designated for entry into the FAA Academy, where you’ll be integrated with others for additional air traffic control training. Because of the high quality of their education and experience, Embry-Riddle graduates always lead their classes at the FAA Academy.
The Air Traffic Management program at ERAU delivers fundamental traffic controller knowledge and competency through a mix of realistic lab simulations, classroom instruction, and computer-based learning.
Since ERAU has a formal partnership agreement with the FAA, be assured the curriculum and standards meet FAA demands and always exceed its expectations.Upon graduation, graduates emerge prepared for an entry-level air traffic controller position with the Federal Aviation Administration or other entities.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment categories in support of air transportation are expected to grow by 25 percent through 2022.
Students pursue a variety of co-ops and internships with airline, aviation, and air transportation companies focused on safety, training, operations, dispatch, and transportation.
The Air Traffic Management (ATM) program at ERAU’s Prescott Campus is a degree designed for students whose goal is to become an air traffic controller or gain employment in a related industry. In addition to ATM courses, the curriculum provides skills in mathematics, physics, communications, safety, meteorology, and aeronautics. The academic courses are designed to provide exposure to procedures and operations consistent with those found in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facilities.
The B.S. in Air Traffic Management degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours, normally completed in eight semesters. View the degree requirements for the Prescott Campus.
Prescott ATM students attend classes in dynamic, aviation-related labs and facilities, and are a part of one of the few programs in the country that incorporates computer-based simulation training in all areas of air traffic control, even unmanned aircraft.
The Campus maintains a modern fleet of aircraft and a host of advanced flight simulation devices with advanced visual systems.
The Air Traffic Management (ATM) program is a degree designed for students whose goal is to become an air traffic controller or seek employment in a related industry. In addition to ATM courses, the curriculum provides skills in mathematics, physics, communications, safety, meteorology, and aeronautics. The academic courses are designed to provide exposure to procedures and operations consistent with those found in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facilities.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Air Traffic Management requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours, normally completed in eight semesters. A minimum of 40 semester hours must be upper-level. Students are required to complete MA 111 and MA 112.
Students must select and complete one minor field of study, as approved by the Applied Aviation Sciences Department. Total credits within the minor will vary depending on which minor is chosen. Students typically select a minor that will enhance their aviation career. See Minor Courses of Study in this catalog.
A minimum of 7 semesters is required to complete the Air Traffic Management degree program.
Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year might have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Please check the course descriptions in this catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing.
|COM 122||English Composition||3|
|Physical Science Elective||3|
|AS 120||Principles of Aeronautical Science||3 - 5|
or AS 121
|Private Pilot Operations|
|AT 200||Air Traffic Basics I||3|
|IT 109||Introduction to Computers and Applications||3|
|MA 111||College Mathematics for Aviation I||3|
|MA 112||College Mathematics for Aviation II||3|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|UNIV 101||College Success||1|
|Lower/Upper-Level BA/COM/HU/MA/PS/SS Elective||3|
|Lower-Level Humanities Elective||3|
|AT 302||Air Traffic Basics II||3|
|AT 305||Introduction to Terminal Radar Operations||3|
|BA 201||Principles of Management||3|
or EC 211
|SF 201||Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety||3|
or SF 210
|Introduction to Aerospace Safety|
|WX 201||Survey of Meteorology||3|
|WX 203L||Survey of Meteorology Laboratory||1|
|AT 315||Introduction to Air Traffic Control Tower||3|
|COM 221||Technical Report Writing||3|
or COM 222
|AT 401||Advanced Terminal Radar Operations||3|
|SF 320||Human Factors in Aviation Safety||3|
or AS 387
|Crew Resource Management|
|WX 301||Aviation Weather||3|
|Upper-Level BA/EC Elective||3|
|Upper-Level HU/SS Elective||3|
|Upper-Level Open Elective||3|
|AT 405||En route Radar Operations||3|
|AT 406||En route Non-Radar Operations||3|
|SF 462||Health, Safety, and Aviation Law||3|
|Upper-Level Open Elective||3|
|Open Electives **||11-13|
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Computer Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Science may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified in the Air Traffic Management vertical outline.
Open Elective credits required will be calculated, based upon selection of the minor, to complete the minimum of 120 credits requirement for the degree. A student MUST ALSO complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of upper-level courses. Open elective courses can count toward this total.
|Humanities or Social Sciences|
Any 100-200 level
Any 300-400 level
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
|CHM 140||Chemistry for Engineers||4|
|PS 102||Explorations in Physics||3|
|PS 113||Introductory Physics I||3|
|PS 107||Elements of Biological Science||3|
Students enrolled in the Army, or Air Force ROTC programs may substitute MSL or AF courses for open elective courses.
Air traffic controllers are required to possess a current FAA 2nd Class or higher medical certificate to receive and exercise the privileges of their FAA Air Traffic Controller certificates. Students should verify their eligibility status for this level medical certificate with an FAA designated medical examiner prior to enrolling in this degree program. The medical certificate is not required for ATM courses or degree enrollment.
Prospective air traffic controllers must be able to complete their university education and have entered the FAA Air Traffic Control Academy prior to reaching their 31st birthday.
FAA air traffic controllers must be U.S. citizens.
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The state-of-the-art Air Traffic Control (ATC) Laboratory at the Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus is a real-world environment where Air Traffic Management majors can learn and practice critical communications and aircraft-handling skills required during the approach, landing, departure, and en route phases of air traffic control.
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