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What does it take to be an Air Traffic Controller?

A friend of mine who just recently passed the interview session and got an offer to be an Air Traffic Controller under Civil Aviation Department. But he refused to go because he's afraid that will fail the training. He's now a site supervisor with a Diploma in Civil Eng. He's a slow and have a bad memory. Do you think he's able to cope with the job?

Asked By: MaNdY - 10/13/2008
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They have to be able to take a 747 size load of $h!t on a daily basis and not care that you get paid half of what you should for a terribly stressful and unrewarding job.
Answered By: earlthetruker - 10/14/2008
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To be an air traffic controller, you need to be a very patient and a very focused worker. I'm doing a course to become a pilot at the moment, and I have been on many visits to the Air Tower and from what I've seen, it is a very repetitive and stressful job. Good luck to your mate.
Answered By: Zeloz - 10/13/2008
 
must be articulate, intelligent and have a good memory. Controllers constantly receive information that they must immediately grasp, interpret, and remember.
Answered By: chito - 10/14/2008
 
You have to have a pretty darned good memory to be ATC. The amount of information you have to memorize can be overwhelming unless you're used to it. Having to memorize 70 or so 5-6 number radio frequencies for example and thats just the tip of it. Thats not to say someone with a bad memory can't do it, anyone can if... More
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Answered By: Kevin - 10/17/2008
 
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