ISCO 08 Code 3154     Air traffic controllers

Lead Statement
Air traffic controllers direct aircraft movements in airspace and on the ground, using radio, radar and lighting systems, and provide information relevant to the operation of aircraft.

Task statement
Tasks include:

  • directing and controlling aircraft approaching and leaving airport and their movement on the ground;
  • directing and controlling aircraft operating in designated airspace sector;
  • examining and approving flight plans;
  • informing flight crew and operations staff about weather conditions, operational facilities, flight plans and air traffic;
  • applying knowledge of principles and practices of air traffic control in order to identify and solve problems arising in the course of their work;
  • initiating and organising emergency, search and rescue services and procedures;
  • directing activities of all aircraft and service vehicles on or near airport runways;
  • maintaining radio and telephone contact with adjacent control towers, terminal control units and other control centres, and coordinating the movement of aircraft into adjoining areas.

Included occupations
Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Controller, air traffic

(NCvB; Mei 2010)