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AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICER

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    Average pay:
    RN and RM Officers and Ratings Rates of Pay 2009
    Age on entry:
    17-26
    Nationality:
    British or British/ dual citizenship
    Qualifications:
    At least 180 UCAS points and 5 GCSEs (A*-C)/ 5 Scottish Standard Grades (1-3)/ equivalent, including English and maths.Not all courses and qualifications, especially those at BTEC or of a more vocational nature, are suitable for inclusion within this 180 points total. Therefore candidates should seek guidance through their Naval Careers Adviser.
    Gender:
    Air Traffic Control Officers can be men or women

    Job description

    Fleet Air Arm jets and helicopters share crowded airspace with passenger jets and other air users. You are ultimately responsible for making sure that the aircraft of the Royal Navy find safe routes to their destinations. And whatever the mission, whether in peace or war, you have the equally essential role of making sure the aircraft return home safely.

    On board

    Air Traffic Control Officer

    Name: Jamie Dale
    Age: 22

    What are the key responsibilities of your position?

    The phrase that's always used is the 'safe and expeditious flow of air traffic'. I'm making sure that people get to where they need to be as safely and quickly as possible.

    What's the atmosphere like in the control room?

    There's a fantastic amount of camaraderie - it's not like anywhere I've ever worked before. You're a member of a team that's got one common goal. If anyone needs any help in a difficult situation, someone will be right there as soon as they can.

    What are the highlights of the job?

    The best bit about it is the feeling of satisfaction and achievement when you have to handle a lot of aircraft and the weather's bad. A pilot will say 'Thanks for your help, we all got in safely' - that's a good day. Doing well in a complicated situation.

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