Air traffic control A.A.S.

  • An assortment of air traffic control stations in front a a simulation

    Air traffic control A.A.S.

    Prepare for jobs as FAA air traffic controllers and to take the FAA Flight Dispatcher exam in the air traffic control associate degree program at UAA.

Explore the air traffic control associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s air traffic control program prepares you for careers in air traffic in both the private and public sectors – in Alaska and nationwide. It also prepares you to take the FAA Flight Dispatcher exam and to work as an aircraft flight dispatcher. UAA’s associate degree program is one of 36 air traffic control programs in colleges and universities nationwide approved by the Federal Aviation Administration as a participant in the Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI). It is also one of the only programs staffed exclusively by former FAA air traffic controllers.

Air traffic control scholarships and financial aid
Get help with tuition and education costs. UAA offers a variety of scholarships and other types of financial assistance you may be eligible for in the air traffic control program, including the Professional Women’s Controllers and Women in Aviation scholarships. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Air traffic control A.A.S.

Degree Type:

  • Associate

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Part of FAA-approved College Training Initiative (CTI) program

Other program options: Minor in air traffic control

Did you know..

All of the FAA air traffic managers from the local Anchorage facilities are currently graduates of this program. UAA’s tower simulator has been used by the FAA for federal research. UAA faculty have also created and delivered basic aviation curriculum to private facilities who work in the oil and gas industry.

What can you do with an air traffic control degree from UAA?

The aviation industry places a premium on the kind of structured, comprehensive training you receive at UAA. Air traffic control alumni work as dispatchers for major airlines, including Alaska and Allegiant, as well as in flight operations for airlines such as UPS and FEDEX. Many students are recruited for employment even before completing school.

Air traffic control graduate programs
Several of our air traffic control alumni have gone on to law school and M.B.A. programs.

Air traffic control careers
UAA air traffic control alumni work at facilities throughout Alaska and across the country, including:

  • Merrill Tower
  • Anchorage International Air Traffic Control Tower
  • Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center
  • UPS
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Ravn Airlines

By the numbers..

Aviation jobs in Alaska
UAA Aviation and Technology Division

Air traffic control associate degree program highlights

Led by experienced air traffic control professionals, UAA’s associate degree program offers state-of-the-art facilities and extensive career building opportunities. These are some of the top reasons to earn your associate degree in air traffic control at UAA:

  • Learn using state-of-the-art labs and equipment. UAA has one of the only 360-degree tower simulators in the country. The program also features labs covering each of the air traffic specialties, including En Route, TRACON and Tower.
  • Work closely with experienced air traffic controllers. UAA offers one of the only programs staffed exclusively by former FAA air traffic controllers. One instructor is the published author of an air traffic control textbook, and all faculty members are accessible and dedicated to helping students succeed.
  • Join a program with strong industry partnerships. UAA’s aviation programs feature an industry advisement committee that includes representatives from large and small aviation companies from across the state of Alaska.
  • Take part in campus clubs and organizations. Make new friends while building your professional network. Opportunities include UAA’s professional chapter of Alpha Eta Rho, an international aviation co-ed fraternity.
  • Pursue advanced degrees in air traffic control and aviation. The air traffic control program offers seamless integration from the associate degree to a bachelor’s degree in aviation technology.

Air traffic control associate degree program curriculum

The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for careers in air traffic control and for entry into the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy. Coursework covers a broad range of knowledge and skills related to aircraft operating limitations and performance, weather and atmospheric processes, radar theory and radar systems, federal regulations, the U.S. air traffic control system and navigation methods within the National Airspace System. The associate degree in air traffic control requires a total of 63 credits.

Top classes for air traffic control majors

  • Control Tower Operations Lab
  • ATC Terminal Radar Procedures Lab
  • ATC Flight Procedures
  • ATC Regulations