Air Traffic Control, Associate of Applied Science

The Air Traffic Control degree prepares graduates for employment as Air Traffic Controllers, Flight Service Station Specialists or for careers in a host of aviation-related industries. Air Traffic Controllers guide pilots to their destinations and are responsible for the safe and orderly flow of aircraft in congested airspace. Flight Service Station Specialists assist pilots in flight planning by providing air traffic delay and weather condition briefings and by disseminating important route and airport information. Most of these positions are with the federal government, and individuals may be required to pass a physical exam and qualifying exam.

The Air Traffic Control degree is one of 30 programs approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Air Traffic Control Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) and is specifically designed to prepare students for work in airport control towers, Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities, and Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC).

This is an FAA Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program. Students considering applying for this program should read the CCBC AT-CTI Handbook available on the CCBC website at www.ccbcmd.edu/aviation.

Some aviation classes have lab fees. Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this degree option, students will be able to:

  1. secure employment in the FAA Air Traffic Controller workforce;
  2. coordinate and regulate the flow of air traffic at all levels of airport density;
  3. interpret flight plans and flight data to manage air traffic patterns;
  4. function effectively and efficiently in a team;
  5. monitor and communicate to pilots changing weather conditions;
  6. apply FAA and NTSB regulations and other aeronautical and security guidelines appropriately in various aviation and safety settings; and
  7. speak and communicate clearly and decisively using standard industry pilot-controller phraseology. 

Total Number of Credits Required for A.A.S. Degree: 65-66*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Short Session 1

  • AVMT 211 (for students who started in spring) or CMNS 101 (for students who started in fall) 3 Credit(s). 

Semester 2

Short Session 2

  • AVMT 211 (for students who started in fall) or CMNS 101 (for students who started in spring) 3 Credit(s).

Semester 3

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

The Air Traffic Control degree primarily prepares graduates for employment as Air Traffic Controllers and Flight Service Station Specialists. Air Traffic Controllers guide pilots to their destinations and are responsible for the safe and orderly flow of aircraft in congested airspace. Flight Service Station Specialists assist pilots in flight planning by providing air traffic delay and weather condition briefings and by disseminating important route and airport information. Most positions are with the federal government, and individuals may be required to pass a physical exam and qualifying exam.

Type of Credential

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Code

282

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Director

CCBC Catonsville, Doug Williams
443-840-5498 or dwilliams@ccbcmd.edu

Assistant Program Director

CCBC Catonsville, Chris Komsa
443-840-4209 or ckomsa@ccbcmd.edu

Air Traffic Control Director

CCBC Catonsville, Joe Eichelberger
443-840-4463 or jeichelberger@ccbcmd.edu

Aviation Faculty

CCBC Catonsville, Pete Waters
443-840-5188 or pwaters@ccbcmd.edu

Contact the Aviation Technology Department  

443-840-4157 or aviation@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

  • FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program
  • The credit certificates and the Flight Operations Management degree are designated Statewide Programs.
  • Students considering applying for this program should read the information available on the CCBC Aviation Technology website at www.ccbcmd.edu/aviation.
  • Flight Training courses approved under FAA Part 141.
  • Some Aviation classes have lab fees. Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Community College of Baltimore County.
  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - For Aviation Technology, see Departmental Exam and Articulated Credit by Industry/Apprenticeship. Several General Education classes also have PLA opportunities.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements

Courses Needed for This Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 19-20 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education courses. One course must be a Diversity course.

  • Information Technology 3 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics 3-4 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 46 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Choose one of the following courses:

Note

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.