You will start out as a Probationary Air Traffic Control Officer (PATCO) during the first year where you will attend specialised courses at the Singapore Aviation Academy and receive on-the-job training (OJT) at the operational unit. Upon successful completion, you will attain your professional ATC qualification.
List of Specialised Air Traffic Control Courses:
Primary Air Traffic Control Course
During this 12-week course, you will be exposed to the theoretical background of Air Traffic Control and aviation-related subjects. At the end of this course, you will be streamed into (a) Aerodrome* Control, (b) Approach Control or (c) Area Control Streams for the next phase of training.
*An aerodrome refers to any area that is used for aircraft operations (i.e. arrival, departure and surface movements). Airports are a subset of aerodromes.
(a) Aerodrome Control Stream
To obtain the aerodrome rating, you will have to complete a 20-week Aerodrome Control (Changi or Seletar) course and a 18-week OJT.
As an Aerodrome Controller, you will work in either Changi or Seletar Tower to guide aircraft for safe arrival or departure and ground movements.
After accumulating sufficient experience in the first Aerodrome Control rating, you will be eligible for the next Aerodrome Control (either Changi or Seletar) course to attain your second ATC rating.
(b) Approach Control Stream
To obtain the approach rating, you will have to complete a 18-week Approach Control (Arrival) course and a 16-week OJT.
As an Approach Controller, you will be responsible for the control of aircraft within 40 nautical miles of Changi Airport. You will have to ensure that departing and arriving aircraft are allocated safe flight levels, and apply various control techniques to maintain a safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic.
After accumulating sufficient experience in Approach Arrival Control, you will be eligible for the next Approach Control (Terminal) Course to attain your second ATC rating.
(c) Area Control Stream
To obtain the area rating, you will have to complete a 18-week Area Control (Procedural) course and a 16-week OJT.
Upon completion of the training, you will be deployed to the Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre. Over there, you will provide ATC services to aircraft beyond the approach sector (40 nautical miles from Changi Airport) and within the Singapore Flight Information Region (FIR) to ensure the expeditious flow of air traffic in the airspace managed by Singapore.
After accumulating sufficient experience in Area Procedural Control, you will be eligible for the next Area Control (Surveillance) Course to attain your second ATC rating.
All successful applicants will have to serve a training bond of 2 years upon the attainment of each rating.