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Air traffic controllers direct the safe and orderly movement of aircraft while they are flying, landing, taking off and taxiing.
Air Traffic Controller

You've just landed at the destination where you'll find all the information you need to help your future take off!  Air Traffic Control is an exciting career that provides an impressive mix of challenge, opportunity and reward.

In New Zealand, ATCs manage our 30 million square kilometres of airspace and ensure safe passage for more than 1 million flights into and around the country’s 18 international, regional and military airports. They work flexible shift hours at control towers and radar centres throughout the country.

When you begin your career as an ATC you'll initially gain experience and grow your abilities working at a regional control tower.  You’re then on a career path towards multiple opportunities – Airways has an excellent range of avenues available to advance your career.  Besides working as an operational controller, you could design ATC systems and procedures, train new controllers or move into a management role. 

And, because the ATC qualification is recognised internationally, you'll have the opportunity to travel and work in many other countries around the world.

It’s one of the best careers in aviation – this is a career choice that really does give you wings!
Medium_connor_oloughlin Connor O'Loughlin
Air Traffic Controller

Study   What did you study? Air Traffic Control with Airways New Zealand. I am now an aerodrome and approach controller in... read more »

Medium_dscf0383 David Hansen
Air Traffic Controller

Study   What did you study? To gain a job as an air traffic controller I studied towards a diploma in air traffic control with... read more »

Medium_natasha_hansen Natasha Hansen
Air Traffic Controller

Study   What did you study? Air Traffic Control. Why did you choose this course? When I was young, family friends were... read more »