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Air Traffic Management



As an Air Traffic Management (ATM) major at Embry-Riddle Prescott, you will be hands-on in your learning and at the forefront of the industry - actively participating in your curriculum within our state of the art Air Traffic Control lab. Your experience from day one gives you unrivalled, detailed experience as you work with faculty and fellow students who have pioneered advancements in ATM technology. As a graduate of the program designed to provide qualified applicants to fill FAA air traffic control specialist positions you'll enjoy an advantage, having emerged from one of only a handful of training schools under the FAA Collegiate Training Initiative.

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This degree is designed for students whose goal is to become an air traffic controller or seek employment in a related industry. The academic courses provide exposure to the procedures and operations consistent with those found in Federal Aviation Administration air traffic facilities. The ATM curriculum provides the knowledge and foundation designated by the FAA for eventual student entry into the FAA Academy where they will be integrated with graduates of other Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) schools for additional air traffic control training. You'll gain fundamental traffic controller knowledge and technical competency through a mix of classroom instruction, computer-based instruction, and realistic ATC laboratory simulations. Embry-Riddle has a formal partnership agreement with the FAA that designates the university as an FAA - approved air traffic control training school. This partnership insures that the learning objectives and the standards of student achievement are relevant to the needs of the FAA. As an ATM student, you'll have the advantage of our experienced faculty and laboratory facilities including our air traffic control tower simulators and the terminal radar approach control (TRACON) laboratory.


View requirements for the B.S. in Air Traffic Management degree on the Catalog site.


Air traffic controllers are responsible for monitoring and directing the movement of commercial airplanes, helicopters, and recreational aircraft within a designated zone. They also send information to such aircraft and regulate the movement of aircraft and service vehicles on the ground. Air traffic controllers work at airports and en route centers that track and assist aircraft movement. 85 percent of U.S. air traffic controllers (14,000) will be eligible for retirement over the next decade Controllers are among the highest paid in government service Graduates of this program will have a decided advantage in these jobs