The Air Traffic Management (A.T.M.) program is a degree designed for students whose goal is to achieve employment in air traffic control or a related field. The A.T.M. academic courses are designed to provide exposure to procedures and operations consistent with those found in Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) air traffic control facilities. The curriculum also provides broad knowledge and skills in mathematics, physics, communications, safety, meteorology, and aeronautics. Graduates of this program generally have excellent employment opportunities after graduation.
According to the F.A.A., the median annual wage for air traffic control specialists was $127,805 in 2016. In addition to high salaries, air traffic control specialists receive excellent benefits that include a variety of insurance, retirement, leave, and flexible spending options for employees and their families. The F.A.A. is projected to hire over twelve thousand new controllers over the next seven to ten years.
ERAU is one of several F.A.A.-approved Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (A.T.-C.T.I.) schools in the United States that partners with the F.A.A. to prepare students for careers as air traffic controllers. Graduates of ERAU's A.T.-C.T.I. program are eligible to bypass portions of the F.A.A.’s air traffic pre-employment tests, as well as the Air Traffic Basics Course which takes place during the first five weeks of qualification training at the F.A.A. Air Traffic Control Academy.
The Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management degree is housed in the Department of Aeronautical Science in the College of Aviation.
Note: The University cannot guarantee selection or employment as an air traffic controller for students completing the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (A.T.-C.T.I.) program because selection of F.A.A. air traffic controllers for admittance to the F.A.A. Academy and a follow-on assignment as an air traffic controller is done strictly at the discretion of the F.A.A. and based upon staffing needs.
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.