Air Traffic Control Specialist (Terminal) (2)

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Posted by: Transportation Security Administration on May 26, 2020


Meridian , MS

Job Description:



THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 32 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION THAT REQUIRES MILITARY MEMBERSHIP.This National Guard position is for a AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SPECIALIST (TERMINAL) (2), Position Description Number D1799000and is part of the Mississippi Air National Guard.

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As a AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SPECIALIST (TERMINAL) (2), GS-2152-11, you will provide tower, radar, and non-radar air traffic control (ATC) services to military and civilian aircraft operating under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), Special Visual Flight Rules (SVFR), or Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Provides terminal ATC services to aircraft operating from primary and/or secondary airports within delegated airspace. Manages and directs controller actions and functions in Tower and Radar facilities as the primary watch supervisor and/or senior controller.

(1) Performs air traffic control duties in the control tower and radar facility. Directs movement of aircraft in flight and on the ground by utilizing pilot and controller reports, visual observation, and/or tower and radar facility radar displays, or a combination of methods and in close coordination with other controllers. Under restrictive time and space limitations, formulates and issues ATC clearances and instructions to provide for the required separation and or sequencing of all IFR, SVFR, and VFR traffic within delegated airspace. Adjusts aircraft flight paths, assigns arrival and departure routes to various types of aircraft, arrival and departure runways, adjusts speed, and issues altitude assignments to accompany multiple types and performance level of civilian and military aircraft to affect separation and expeditious traffic flow as prescribed in FAAO 7110.65.

(2) Provides assistance to both experienced professional and inexperienced student pilots within the airspace and ensures expeditious traffic flows are maintained. Provides mandatory additional services and assistance to aircraft to include those experiencing in-flight emergencies, hijacking and unlawful seizure, pilot disorientation, and to those aircraft otherwise experiencing distress during flight. Participates in a host of Transportation Security Agency (TSA) and FAA mandated homeland security procedures and implements Federal and local guidance and direction for aircraft operations within terminal areas. Formulates and issues IFR and SVFR clearances and VFR advisory information. Formulates and issue all ground movement clearances to aircraft on the ground, vehicular, and personnel operating on the movement areas and runways.

(3) Operates, trains, and provides preventative maintenance on a host of automated communications and display hardware and software systems that are integral and vital to the operation of the air traffic control facility. Types of systems include but are not limited to; Enhanced Terminal Voice Switch (ETVS), Digital Bright Radar Indicator Tower Equipment (DBRITE), Digital Voice Recording System (DVRS), Data Transmission Network (DTN), Digital Mapper, DoD Advanced Automation System (DAAS), Digital Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR) System, Standard Automated Replacement Radar System (STARS), Information Data Systems (IDS), Automated Terminal Information Service (ATIS), Control Tower Simulator System (CTSS), Air Traffic Control Training Device (ATCTD), Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS), and Automated Surface Observation Systems (ASOS). Ensures all equipment is accurately aligned and within the required standards, while operating at peak efficiency by all controllers. Maintains communications with aircraft and adjacent facilities to transmit and receive instructions and information relative to flight. Determines when backup or alternate communications are required and places same in operation as appropriate.

(4) Serves as a watch supervisor or senior controller in the ATC facility. Provides direction to all controllers in the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air and ground aircraft and vehicle traffic. Issues and withdraws approval for facility ATC services based on traffic, workload, controller training, equipment capability, and training workload. Manages controllers on a shift to include position assignment, appointments, unexpected absences, leave scheduling, and shift overlap. Documents training progression/lack of progression and writes and reviews periodic reports of training for all qualification, review, recurring, and proficiency training requirements. Documents controller performance and adherence to military and civilian standards on Enlisted Performance Reports (EPRs). In concert with the Air Traffic Manager, routinely coordinates essential information on daily flying, ground movement, and general ATC issues with the Wing Supervisor of Flying (SOF), Operations and Group Commander(s), Civilian and Military Airport Managers, transient military DoD pilots, civilian Air Carrier Dispatch Centers, and other interested and required agencies.

Performs other duties as assigned which will be explained during interview.

Details of the additional duties and responsibilities are contained in the applicable position description located online, on the FASCLASS website.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment


Compatible military grade and assignment required prior to the effective date of placement. This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the employing state's National Guard. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position.

Military Grades: E5-E9
Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.

For positions requiring the operation of motor vehicles, candidates must have a valid state driver's license for the state in which they live or are principally employed.

For positions requiring a security clearance (Secret or Top Secret) the applicant must possess or be able to obtain a clearance within one year of appointment.

Experience, education, and training demonstrate the applicant's competencies to perform the Air Traffic Controller duties and responsibilities. Dependent on career levels, applicant must have experiences, certifications, and capabilities in the following: Collecting and analyzing data quickly and accurately; The ability to clearly enunciate English without impediment of speech that would interfere or prohibit effective two-way radio communication; and must have the ability to write English in reports and presentation formats; Applying procedures and directives by reading and interpreting technical material. Interpersonal communications; Air Traffic Control (ATC) Specialists must be capable of obtaining and maintaining, within upgrade training time thresholds, all position certifications and/or facility-ratings required to perform ATC duties in a specific air traffic control facility; Position certifications/facility-ratings require practical and academic knowledge of the local air traffic control system and operating intra/inter facility coordination. It also includes communication systems, ATC radios, Local Area Knowledge (LAK) and specific procedures associated with the facility; and,


NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment. Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.

MILITARY MEMBERS WITH BONUSES: Upon acceptance of a military technician position military members who are currently receiving a military Reenlistment/Extension Bonus (REB) or GI Bill-SR Kicker may lose incentive eligibility and may be subject to termination or suspension of incentive (includes indefinite and temporary technicians on assignment for more than 180 days in any continuous 12-month period).

If your resume does not include a narrative description of how you meet the GENERAL, SPECIALIZED experiences, and OTHER requirements, you may lose consideration for this position. Ensure that the Questionnaire is completed online in Application Manager.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Must have 12 months of documented experiences, education, or training that demonstrated the ability to follow directions and to read, understand, and retain a variety of instructions, regulations, and procedures and that otherwise demonstrates the ability to perform or learn to perform the duties of the position. The only way to show this experience is by listing your salaries for EACH job, month and dates of experience and hours worked per week on your resume. You will be disqualified if your resume does not have these 3 things.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Must possessat least 12 months experience equivalent to at least GS-10. Must be a graduate of a formal DoD/DOT basic air traffic control course and be able to obtain and maintain a facility-rating in a single ATC facility (Radar Final Control (RFC)/Ground Controlled Approach (GCA)/Control Tower). Under general supervision, the GS-11 terminal controller performs regular duties in terminal operations, issuing control instructions to aircraft operating under visual or instrument flight rules or combinations of both. Have some experiences in a military or civilian as an Air Traffic Controller in a single ATC facility-rated control tower air traffic facility. Initiated and issued air traffic control clearances, instructions and advisories to ensure safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic under instrument and visual flight rules. Experienced in conducting ATC facility training. Experienced in briefing shift personnel on runway utilization, airfield conditions and weather/ground activities. Prepared and updated flight following maps. Performed some shift supervision duties in a tactical or fixed tower, radar, or AIC. Experienced work as a tactical air control team (TACT) leader in a tactical terminal control system (TTCS) or have experiences on deployed teams to remote areas to secure and set- up forward area refueling and rearming points (FARPS), LZs, HLZs, DZs and PZs. Maintained current DoD and DOT/FAA publications, ATC facility logs, forms, records and situation maps. Assisted in the preparation of TERPS. If you are claiming Federal employee experience, you MUST include copies of your SF-50's to receive consideration for this experience. SUPERVISORY HIGHLY DESIRES APPLICANT TO HAVE CONTROLLED LIVE ATC TRAFFIC IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS.


Army and Air National Guard Enlisted Technicians: High school or general equivalent degree is mandatory. An undergraduate academic specialization in a technical discipline with courses in administration and management is desirable. Must be a graduate of a formal DoD/Department of Transportation (DOT) Basic Air Traffic Control course.

A GS-11 and higher Air Traffic Control Specialist is a graduate of a formal DoD/DOT basic air traffic control course and will obtain and maintain facility-ratings in dual ATC facilities (RFC/GCA/Radar Approach Control (RAPCON)/Control Tower). This level includes a variety of assignments and work situations in the terminals. A GS-11 is typically the first full performance level of control work in radar approach control terminals. Also included at this level are full performance level control positions in non-approach control and non-radar approach control terminals where the performance requirements are substantially higher than at the GS-10 level.

There are no substitutions allowed for education to replace specialized experience for the air traffic controller positions. .

Additional information

In general, ATC specialists must have the capacity to perform essential functions of air traffic control operations without risk to themselves or others. Must have normal color vision; must meet the physical demands rating for heavy lifting work; and, must qualify physically in compliance with Department of Defense (DoD)/Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical standards.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS Must possess or be able to obtain a National Agency Check, Local Agency Checks and Credit (NACLC) according to applicable DoD Instructions, Army or Air Force regulations, upon appointment. All air traffic control positions require a security clearance (Secret or Top Secret) and the applicant must possess or be able to obtain the proper clearance within one year of appointment. Must have a valid state driver's license for the state in which he or she lives or is principally employed. Must not have any disciplinary action (Article 15 or court-martial) for engaging in an unprofessional or inappropriate relationship as defined in applicable DoD Instructions concerning Army and Air Force Professional and Unprofessional Relationships. Applicants must successfully complete a medical physical and pass a drug test prior to appointment. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency (

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Drug test required


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present) FOR EACH JOB. If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.Overview

Open & closing dates
05/08/2020 to 05/29/2020


Pay scale & grade
GS 11

$77,795 to $101,141 per year

Appointment type
Temporary - Indefinite

Work schedule


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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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