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 Federal Aviation Administration (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 Embry-Riddle delivers fundamental traffic controller knowledge and competency through a mix of realistic lab simulations, classroom instruction, and computer-based learning.
Since Embry-Riddle 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 FAA 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 B.S. in Air Traffic Management (ATM) at the Daytona Beach Campus is for students whose goal is to become an air traffic controller or work in a related field. The coursework provides exposure to procedures and operations like those found in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facilities. The curriculum builds the foundation a student needs to enter the FAA Academy for additional air traffic control training.
At the Daytona Beach Campus, students get real-world training in the largest interactive air traffic control lab in the U.S. We are also the only institution providing an international air traffic management study abroad program.
Many courses take place in Embry-Riddle’s new College of Aviation building, which features an abundance of simulation labs, a weather center, and meteorology labs among many other areas focused on all aspects of aviation. View a list of labs and facilities.
First year students in the B.S. in Air Traffic Management (ATM) program will typically study aviation-focused mathematics, meteorology, and computer science, along with general education courses, such as communication skills and other electives related to the minor course of study.
The campus maintains a modern fleet of aircraft and a host of advanced flight simulation devices with advanced visual systems.
The Applied Aviation Sciences Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Air Traffic Management (ATM). This degree is designed to provide a comprehensive education to prepare graduates for productive careers and responsible citizenship in the field of air traffic management. The degree provides global leadership in the field of air traffic management and offers coursework and laboratory experiences that prepare students for immediate productivity and career growth with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense, and commercial air traffic facilities. It is the intent of the Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management to accomplish this goal by:
The Bachelor of Science degree in Air Traffic Management requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, normally completed in eight semesters. This includes a minor course of study or breadth area as approved by the Program Coordinator, Air Traffic Management.
For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.
|Communication Theory & Skills||9|
|Lower-Level Social Sciences||3|
|Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Mathematics (MA 111 and MA 112)||6|
|Physical and Life Sciences||6|
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Computer Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences 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.
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.
|AT 202||Introduction to Air Traffic Management **||3|
|MA 111||College Mathematics for Aviation I||3|
|MA 112||College Mathematics for Aviation II||3|
|WX 201||Survey of Meteorology||3|
|Communication Theory and Skills||6|
|Computer Science Elective||3|
|Humanities Lower-Level Elective||3|
|Physical Sciences with Laboratory||3|
|AT 305||Introduction to Terminal Radar Operations||3|
|BA 201||Principles of Management||3|
|SF 201||Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety||3|
or SF 210
|Introduction to Aerospace Safety|
|SF 320||Human Factors in Aviation Safety||3|
|Communication Theory and Skills||3|
|Lower-Level Social Science||3|
|Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science||3|
|Upper or Lower-Level Humanities or Social Science||3|
|AT 315||Introduction to Air Traffic Control Tower **||3|
|AT 401||Advanced Terminal Radar Operations **||3|
|AT 405||En route Radar Operations **||3|
|BA 314||Human Resource Management||3|
|SF 462||Health, Safety, and Aviation Law||3|
|WX 301||Aviation Weather||3|
|Open Elective Upper-Level||6|
|AT 406||En route Non-Radar Operations||3|
|AT 425||Collaborative Air Traffic Management||3|
|Minor or breadth area - approved by the Applied Aviation Sciences Department||15-21|
|Open Elective (subject to Minor requirements)||3-9|
May be taken as a (HYB) Hybrid course.
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Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus air traffic management labs have added high-tech consoles and simulation software used in today’s air traffic control facilities, giving students a strong foundation when graduating and seeking employment with the FAA, the Department of Defense and commercial air traffic facilities.