The Air Traffic Management degree program at Embry-Riddle prepares you for a thrilling career in air traffic control. At ERAU, you’ll get the chance to experience firsthand what it’s like to manage today’s varied and complex air space.
Upon graduation, you’ll emerge prepared for an entry-level air traffic controller position with the Federal Aviation Administration or other entities.
Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management
Prescott students in the Air Traffic Management program rapidly gain experience and confidence in our virtual air space, where they direct flight students (pseudo pilots) on simulators. Ours is one of the few programs in the country that incorporates computer-based simulation training in all areas of air traffic control, even unmanned aircraft. You’ll also take courses in physics, weather, safety, and aviation.
Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic ManagementAt our Daytona Beach Campus, you’ll get real-world training in the largest interactive air traffic control lab in the U.S. You’ll also take courses in ERAU’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.
One of just a small number of colleges and universities that were granted FAA designation as a Collegiate Training Initiative school (and among the original cohort of 13), Embry-Riddle’s air traffic control programs continue to provide well-trained graduates for this imperative career.
Taught by passionate, knowledgeable professors who have held positions as air traffic controllers themselves, the Air Traffic Management program at ERAU will prepare you for success in this fast-paced field. Throughout your studies, you’ll gain fundamental traffic controller knowledge and competency through a mix of realistic lab simulations, classroom instruction, and computer-based learning.
Experience what it is to be an air traffic controller in ERAU’s state-of-the-art labs.
The En Route Lab, the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Lab, and the Control Tower Lab all use virtual air traffic control simulation and interface with “pseudo pilots” to emulate actual exchanges between controller and pilot. Since ERAU has a formal partnership agreement with the FAA, you can be assured the curriculum and standards meet FAA demands and always exceed its expectations.
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.
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 FAA.
Air traffic controllers — among the highest-paid assignments in government service — work in a variety of positions within air traffic control and function as members of teams. The greatest number of Air Traffic Management graduates work for the FAA, but there are others who work in private control positions or with other aviation administrations affiliated with governments outside of the U.S. Others use their aviation knowledge and experience in related fields.
Air Traffic Management graduates are in-demand candidates for careers in the following professions and with the following industry leaders:
An active leader on campus during his time at ERAU, Bryan Dietz was SGA president and participated in the co-op/internship program. His internship actually led him to his current position as an Aviation Business Analyst with the Allegheny County (PA) Airport Authority. Dietz works with multiple airport departments but primarily with Air Service Development to develop passenger and cargo flights from Pittsburgh International Airport. When it comes to advice for current ERAU students, Bryan encourages them to make the most out of the college experience and to be involved on campus.
Initially an aspiring Air Traffic Controller, Travis Gonzalez took a career path detour during his internship with JetBlue Airways. In his role at The MITRE Corporation in the FAA research and development center, he’s able to draw from his degree and internship experience. He’s furthered his education in systems engineering so he’s become a great asset to his company. Gonzalez plans to complete his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering/Operations Research and to continue working on interesting research projects that take him to various locations across the U.S. He then aspires to work in the company’s International division as a country director, identifying and developing innovative systems engineering solutions to problems presented by clients worldwide.