Air Traffic Control


Right now, and in the coming years, there will be a steady demand for qualified air traffic control candidates. This skilled, exciting and important position commands salaries that exceed $100,000 in the first few years, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What’s more, mandatory retirement age is 56, with full federal pension benefits.


Vaughn College partners with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to offer the Air Traffic — Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI). The FAA hires approximately 50 percent of its candidates from the AT-CTI and the military. Additionally, AT-CTI candidates are able to bypass the biometric screening exam, which many do not pass.

  • One of only 33 schools nationwide that offers AT-CTI ― and the only institution in the Northeast
  • New state-of-the-art facilities and training equipment
  • Fast track program that can prepare you for FAA exams in as little as one year
  • A track record of aeronautical education success since 1932

Students Holding an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree
Graduates of other colleges or universities may also be eligible for Vaughn’s air traffic control courses. They will need to enroll for a second associate or bachelor degree program and complete a minimum of 30 credits at Vaughn College. The program accepts freshman students, transfer students and college graduates.

Freshman and transfer students can enroll in one of the following approved degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Airport Management
  • Airline management
  • Aircraft Operations
  • Electronic Engineering Technology Avionics
  • Aviation Maintenance
  • Aviation Maintenance Management
  • Associate in Applied Science
  • Airport Management
  • Aircraft Operations
  • Electronic Engineering Technology Avionics
  • Aviation Maintenance

For students who hold a degree, we offer a fast-track approach.
Students holding academic associate degrees
Students holding academic bachelor’s degrees

Our Location
Vaughn College’s campus in Flushing, Queens, adjacent to LaGuardia Airport and close to all major New York Airports, is a hub of activity with opportunities for connecting with friends, faculty and industry professionals.

For more information about Vaughn College’s Air Traffic Control program, call 718-429-6600, extension 118 and one of our counselors will be glad to answer all your questions.


Name: Jessenia Diaz
Year Graduated: Class 2011
Degree Program: Airport Management and General Management, AT-CTI Certificate
Current Position: FAA Air Traffic Controller, JFK Airport

“We are the pilot’s eyes and ears on the ground. Pilots may have the best equipment on the plane, but they depend on us to navigate them from the ground. I love my job and wouldn’t trade working in New York for anything,” Diaz said. “My time at Vaughn gave me the knowledge and experience to get me where I am today.”


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