# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Air Traffic Controller Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2020/2021 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Air Traffic Controller (8734/36 weeks, 280 hours)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Exploring Air Traffic Control (ATC) Systems of the Past, Present, and Future

  1. Create a timeline, including trends, of ATC development.
  2. Describe the function of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in international ATC.
  3. Research issues that affect current and future ATC systems.

Understanding Meteorology

  1. Identify hazardous weather conditions that affect different phases of flight.
  2. Define Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) and Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC).

Demonstrating Communication Skills

  1. Demonstrate use of the phonetic alphabet and the number system.
  2. Demonstrate radio communications.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and correct critical read-back and hear-back errors.
  4. Respond to discrete emergency codes.
  5. Role-play unusual situations (e.g., inflight emergency, hijacking, communication failure, tower interruption [ATC Zero]) for ATC.

Interpreting Charts and Publications

  1. Explain approach plates and airport diagrams.
  2. Describe clearances, using Standard Instrument Departure (SID) procedures, Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STAR), and Preferential Departure Routes (PDR).
  3. Apply ATC terms associated with charts and publications.

Understanding Basic Aircraft Recognition and Performance Characteristics

  1. Identify the types and categories of aircraft, their names, and identifiers.
  2. Discuss aircraft separation based on performance characteristics.
  3. Discuss UAS and performance characteristics.

Demonstrating an Understanding of Control Tower Procedures

  1. Explain how a controller obtains and amends information from the flight data processing system (FDPS).
  2. Explain the purpose and operation of the automatic terminal information service (ATIS).
  3. Demonstrate the operation of the ATIS.
  4. Issue ATC clearances.
  5. Explain the differences between IFR and VFR flight plans.
  6. Identify the duties of a controller in a control tower.
  7. Use standard phraseology in all communications.
  8. Reconstruct runway incursions.
  9. List components that prevent runway incursions.
  10. Identify static and dynamic hot spots at a typical airport.
  11. Explain how the local controller sequences and separates aircraft in the traffic pattern.
  12. Apply the runway separation minima for landing and departing aircraft.
  13. Explain wake turbulence and the rules concerning its implementation.
  14. Explain the weather criteria for observing the instrument landing system (ILS) critical area.
  15. Demonstrate knowledge of airport signage and markings.
  16. Demonstrate a progressive taxi clearance.
  17. List light gun procedures.

Understanding Theory and Fundamentals of Radar Operation and Procedures

  1. Describe the principle of radar as it applies to ATC.
  2. Differentiate between primary and secondary radar.
  3. Differentiate between discrete and nondiscrete beacon codes.
  4. Explain the methods of separating aircraft, using radar.

Understanding Operations in the National Airspace System (NAS)

  1. Describe the flow of flight-plan information through Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) and Traffic Management Units (TMU).
  2. Explain procedures used to assist lost or overdue aircraft.
  3. Categorize the types of controlled and uncontrolled airspace within the NAS.
  4. Identify the types of special use airspace (SUA).

Exploring Career Opportunities in ATC

  1. Research FAA and non-FAA career opportunities.
  2. Identify requirements for becoming an air traffic controller.
  3. Participate in a mock interview.