Train to be an air traffic controller
Purdue is one of 36 schools that have been approved to participate in the FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program. The program is designed to provide qualified applicants (such as Drew Bagley, pictured above) to fill developmental air traffic control specialist positions.
At Purdue, you will follow the plan of study for a major in aviation management. In addition, you will take specific classes that will prepare you to participate in the Air Traffic Control Specialist training after you graduate.
After you complete your bachelor’s degree and meet all performance requirements, you will be recommended for hiring to the FAA. Students employed by the FAA will then complete their training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City as paid employees. Completion of the CTI program does not guarantee employment, although it is one of the FAA’s primary paths for the hiring of air traffic controllers.