Air Traffic Controller - Flight Service Specialist
A career in Air Traffic Services with NAV CANADA is anything but ordinary. We manage 18 million square kilometers of Canadian and oceanic airspace, and with 40,000 customers and 3.3 million flights a year, we are one of the largest Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) in the world!
A career with NAV CANADA is both challenging and rewarding, and no two days on the job are the same. The services provided by our Air Traffic Controllers and Flight Service Specialists help pilots keep aircraft safely separated from other aircraft and obstacles, while in flight or on the ground.
Our Air Traffic Controllers are responsible for coordinating the safe, efficient and orderly flow of air traffic in seven flight information regions, working in Control Towers and Area Control Centres (ACCs) across the country.
- Area Controllers, often referred to as instrument flight rules (IFR) controllers, are based out of ACCs, each of which is responsible for air traffic in a large section of Canadian airspace. Area Controllers train and work out of Area Control Centres in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Moncton or Gander.
- Tower Controllers, also known as visual flight rules (VFR) controllers, have a direct view of the airport and aircraft, and use radio communication to issue instructions and clearances. After completing training, tower controllers work at one of 40 airports across Canada.
Our Flight Service Specialists provide timely, essential information to arriving and departing aircraft at their respective locations such as: traffic advisories, control vehicles on the ground, weather information, flight guidance and airport advisory services.
- Flight Service Specialists (AAS) provide a wide range of essential information, from helping pilots select a runway to controlling the movement of vehicles on runways and taxiways. Our Flight Service Specialists are located in communities all across the country.
- Flight Service Specialists (FIC) work in teams at Flight Information Centres that provide flight-planning services and deliver in-depth interpretive weather information and en-route flight information to aircraft operating in Canadian airspace. Our Flight Information Centres are located in Edmonton, Kamloops, Quebec, Winnipeg, Halifax, London, and Whitehorse.
Interested in becoming Air Traffic Controller or Flight Service Specialist? We are looking for the best possible people to take on the responsibility of managing Canada’s airspace. Becoming an Air Traffic Controller or Flight Service Specialist does not require any prior experience or specialized training – all training is provided by NAV CANADA – but some key qualities include:
- Sharp Judgement
- A clear voice and keen hearing
- Strong motivation
- Good memory
- Excellent problem-solving abilities
To make sure we’re hiring top notch candidates, our recruitment and training processes are rigorous and highly competitive. To apply for a career as an Air Traffic Controller or Flight Service Specialist, you must meet the following basic requirements prior to applying:
- be 18 years or older,
- have a high school diploma, or equivalency,
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
In addition, you must be willing to relocate, must meet Transport Canada medical requirements, be prepared to undergo a security check and drug testing (including cannabis), and be available for training in in the next 18 months.
Training and Salary
Area Controller training includes three phases: initial training, specialty training and on the job training. Both initial and specialty training include classroom and simulator portions.
- Training Salary: $44,000
- Average total duration for training: 20 to 27 months
- Salary range for a certified Area Controller: $103,000 to $151,000
Tower Controller training includes two phases: initial training (classroom and simulator) and on the job training.
- Training salary: $44,000
- Average total duration of training: 10 to 18 months
- Salary range for a certified Tower Controller: $75,000 to $142,000
Flight Service Specialist (AAS) training includes two phases: initial training (classroom and simulator) and on the job training.
- Training salary:
- Phase 1: $30,000
- Phase 2: $37,000
- Average total duration of training: 8 to 11 months
- Salary range for a certified Flight Service Specialist: $60,000 to $93,000
Flight Service Specialist (FIC) training includes two phases: classroom and pilot briefing course and on the job training.
- Training salary:
- Phase 1: $30,000
- Phase 2: $37,000
- Average total duration of training: 9 to 11 months
- Salary range for a certified Flight Service Specialist: $72,000 to $90,000
Take the first step and complete your online application today!
The successful candidate must meet the security requirement of the position and be legally able to work in Canada.
At NAV CANADA, safety is our priority. We require pre-employment drug screening for all candidates offered positions designated as safety sensitive in accordance with NAV CANADA’s Drug and Alcohol policy.
NAV CANADA is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily and clearly on the subject line of their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.
NAV CANADA is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted regarding this competition, please advise the interview coordinator of accommodation measures you may require.
We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.