Aviation and Aerospace have long captured the world’s imagination, and Texas is a major leader in the industry.
The state has 1,429 FAA-recognized airports and 12.1 million annual take-offs and landings at Texas terminals, requiring a significant number of Air Traffic Controllers.
Texas State Technical College can offer the training you will need to succeed in the Air Traffic Controller industry.
TSTC is the single largest provider of aerospace programs in Texas and is the only public college in the state approved to teach the FAA’s Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative program (AT-CTI) – which can provide an advanced route into the FAA’s Air Traffic Control Academy! The college is one of just 36 schools nationwide to offer the AT-CTI curriculum.
With the largest airport in the U.S. operated by a public educational institution – complete with dual runways and operational control tower – students receive real-world experience that can provide a significant competitive edge to help them succeed in this field.
What you’ll do!
TSTC’s star power prep
TSTC’s Air Traffic Control faculty comes to the college with years of professional experience in their respective aviation fields.
Led by a host of experts from civil and military aviation backgrounds, TSTC’s instructors bring a combined experience of hundreds of years in aviation training to students.
Small class size
At TSTC, our Air Traffic Control Technology classes average 15 students per class to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with each student.
Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work settings, operating the instruments they will use in their respective fields. Students spend more than 60 percent of their time learning by doing the actual work they will do upon graduating from college. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the strong training you need to succeed in your career choice.
TSTC’s strong programs match industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain jobs when it comes to hiring time.
How do we do this? As industry professionals, our advisory committees assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach matches what industry is seeking.
Combined with more than 60 percent of your class time spent on actual hands-on work in lab settings, and internship opportunities in actual working environments, it provides a compelling reason why employers are attracted to TSTC graduates.
Other degree plans within the Aviation program family can provide additional job credibility through certifications, club memberships and industry partnership opportunities.
TSTC Waco, for example, has a student chapter of Alpha Eta Rho, the international aviation fraternity. Aviation Mechanics have an opportunity to work with our industry partner, L-3 Platform Integration, through TSTC’s Aviation Career Education sponsorship program.
Other aviation industry partnerships aid students, as well, including APT’s First Officer program with the Texas Farm Bureau, and TSTC’s connections with American Eagle, Colgan Air and more.