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Air Traffic Assistance Series 2154

Air Traffic Assistance Series, 2154

Individual Occupational Requirements

Experience, Education, and Training Requirements

All positions require experience, education, and/or training as indicated below. (Applicants who meet the requirements for a particular grade level also qualify for positions at lower grade levels.)

For GS-4 Level Positions:

General Experience:

Two years of general experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-3, that involved following written directions, procedures, or systematic work methods; and making immediate and rapid decisions concerning the proper course of action to be followed.

Qualifying general experience may have been gained in work such as:

  • Railroad yard signal-tower operator involved in operating switching equipment and traffic signals to route train traffic in railroad yards.
  • Dispatcher of trains or locomotives; transit coaches in automated mass transit systems; police, fire, ambulance, or other emergency vehicles and personnel; or taxicabs, buses, trucks, or other fleet vehicles.
  • Water traffic control work.
  • Radio, teletype, telephone, or computer operator.
  • Customer service representative.



Successful completion of 2 full years of education or training above the high school level in subjects such as aviation, flight mechanics, communications, data processing, electronics, or similar subjects in a college or university, or a technical or flying school.


Equivalent combination of experience and education/training as described above.

For Positions at GS-5 and Above:

Specialized Experience:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level that demonstrated knowledge of and skill in the use of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control procedures.

Qualifying specialized experience may have been gained in work such as:

  • Civilian or military aircraft operations work, such as flight instructor, instrument rated pilot, flight engineer, or air transport pilot.
  • FAA certified dispatcher for an air carrier.
  • Flight information expediter involved in determining flight times of airplanes and transmitting information to flight operations and command centers.
  • Civilian or military air traffic controller.
  • Flight data processor.


Training: Successful completion of an FAA or military air traffic control training program.


Certificate: Possession of an FAA Control Tower Operator certificate.

Training Requirements As A Condition Of Employment

All persons appointed to Air Traffic Assistance positions are required to complete successfully a training program to gain specific job knowledge. Those failing to complete the program successfully may be separated, demoted, or reassigned.

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