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Air Traffic Control Terminal

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Curriculum Total Credits: 62/63

CCBC's Air Traffic Control Terminal program provides training in the application of non-radar/radar air traffic control procedures as well as control tower operator training and experience.

As one of the top aviation programs in the nation, CCBC is also the only community college with a student-operated control tower so you will get actual tower experience and training.

Flight instruction is provided by college approved fixed-based operators, FAA and VA approved flight schools.

Graduates will look forward to a career as an air traffic control specialist with the federal government, private industry, or military services. Additional opportunities exist in the rapidly expanding fields of general and commercial aviation.

Pre-requisites for entering the program include:

  • Current, second-class medical certificate for ATC
  • No speech impediments

Contact the Aviation Sciences Division or your family physician for referral to aviation physicians in your area.

First Year

First Semester - 15/16 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
AVIP 108
Flight Lab I
2.00
This course includes the actual flying experience with a CCBC approved fixed base operator. Students will receive a minimum of 25 hours of flight instruction including dual, solo and briefings. Successful completion will be the Phase 2 check in the coursebooks at the flight school in pursuit of the Private/Recreational Pilot Airplane Certificate (no limitations). Students are required to have a valid second class medical certificate to enroll in this course. Persons wishing to receive credit for previous flight time must make arrangements with the CCBC Aviation Sciences Division Director or the coordinator of the aviation program.
AVIP 110
Flight Theory
4.00
The principles of flight, basics of air traffic control, weather facts, navigational procedures and airplane operations as pertinent to the Private/Recreational Pilot Certificate are studied. Upon successful completion of this course,(as defined by a grade of 80% or better) the student will recieve an endorsement to take the FAA knowledge exam in the department for an additional fee. Corequisite: AVIP123 (4-0-4)
AVIP 123
Aeronautical Knowledge
3.00
This course is designed to provide the basis for Air Traffic Control Training. The student will learn the language of air traffic controllers, and will become familiar with the operating principles of navigational equipment pertinent to pilots and controllers. Corequisite: AVIP110
MATH 130
College Algebra (or higher)
3.00
The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; complex numbers; and quadratic equations. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor Prerequisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS020 Improvement of Math Skills and DEVS021 Fundamentals of Algebra if required; permission of the Division Director.(3-0-3)
 
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PHYS 105
Physical Science
4.00
This is an introductory course in Physical Science emphasizing the Physics and Astronomy aspects of a Physical Science curriculum. Students will be introduced to basic concepts that will give them a grasp of the fundamental quantities used in building models of physical reality.
 
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PHYS 101
College Physics I
4.00
This is an applied physics course for technical students and students needing an algebra-and trigonometry-based physics course for transfer to a four-year college. Included are topics from statics, the strength of materials, kinematics, and dynamics. Emphasis is on application, the theory and practice of the relevant measurement, and on the analysis of mechanical systems. Prerequisite: MATH130 3-2-4
WRIT 101
English Composition
3.00
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

Second Semester - 15 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
AVIP 109
Flight Lab II
1.00
This course includes the actual flying experience with a CCBC approved fixed base operator. Students will receive a minimum of 15 hours of flight instruction including dual, solo and briefings. Successful completion will be the Phase 3 check in the coursebooks at the flight school plus completion of the Private/Recreational Pilot Airplane Certificate (no limitations). Students are required to have valid second class medical certificate to enroll in this course. Persons wishing to receive credit for previous flight time must make arrrangements with the CCBC Aviation Sciences Division Director or the coordinator of the aviation program.
AVIC 236
Air Traffic Control Procedures
4.00
Procedures for conducting control of air traffic are emphasized. Procedural use of regulations and basic air traffic control procedures are covered, such as aviation terms, definitions and abbreviations; general procedures, weather information, radio communications, including proper phraseology and descriptions, altimetry, flight progress strips and their markings, abbreviations and symbols; airport traffic control procedures, instrument operations, special VFR procedures, radar operations and emergency procedures. 4-0-4 Prerequisite: AVIP110 and AVIP123
AVIP 121
Aviation Meteorology
3.00
This course places special emphasis on interpretation of meteorology phenomena affecting aircraft; basic concepts of aviation meteorology; temperature, pressure, moisture, stability, clouds, air masses, fronts, thunderstorms, icing and fog. The course covers analysis and use of weather data for flight planning and safe flying; interpretation of weather maps, reports and forecasts. Prerequisite: AVIP110 Corequisite: AVIP136 3-0-3
AVIP 136
Theory of Instrument Flight
4.00
This course includes basic radio fundamentals as used by instrument pilot and the air traffic controller. A description and practical use of various radio aids to safe aerial navigation, including VOR, ILS, ADF, GPS and others are taught. Instrument charts and instrument approach charts are adapted to radio navigation and the application of the Aeronautical Information Manual is studied. Upon successful completion of this course (as defined by a grade of 80% or better), the student will receive an endorsement to take the FAA knowledge exam in the department for an additional fee. 4-0-4 Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of AVIP110/AVIP123 Co-Requisite: AVIP121
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
3.00
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition.
 
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WRIT 103
Writing For Business/Tech
3.00
Designed to train the student in effective writing, this course aims to increase the student’s ability to write with unity, coherence, and logic. It provides additional study and practice in writing letters, proposals, manuals, and reports of a business or technical nature as well as in professional and contemporary research methods. Prerequisite: WRIT101 3-0-3

Second Year

Third Semester - 16 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
AVIC 239
Facility I
6.00
The student receives actual on-the-job training in an operational air traffic control tower. Training includes area and airport familiarization, proper microphone technique and phraseology, the control and management of aircraft on the airport, posting and relay of flight data and aviation weather information. Supervised by experienced and certified air traffic controllers throughout the training process, the student is providced an ideal environment for transitioning from classroom theory to the practical application of air traffic control procedures. 0-12-6 Prerequisites: FAA Control Tower Operator Written Exam, at least a current Second Class Airman's Medical Certificate and successful completion of AVIP110, AVIP121, AVIP123 and AVIP236.
AVIC 247
Approach Control I
4.00
This course addresses the theory and basic applications of radar and non-radar air traffic control services provided by approach control facilities within the general vicinity of controlled airports. Subject areas include radar fundamentals; strip marking procedures; radar and non-radar separation minima and methods; phraseology; coordination requirements; general radar services; special radar operations; VFR/SVFR/IFR operations; and emergency situations. During the latter stages of the course, students participate in simulation exercises designed to develop basic skills in the application of air traffic control procedures in an integrated, multi-position/facility environment. 0-8-4 Prerequisite: Successful completion of ALL required ATC AVIC/AVIP 1st and 2nd semester aviation courseware except AVIP103/106.
PHIL 205
Logic
3.00
This course provides a clear understanding of the basic concepts and methods of Logic. These include truth, inference, validity, and the formation of ideas; assertions; and evaluative expressions about the world. To aid the student, the topic of Logic is placed within the need for rational communication, whether it is needed to reach agreement, to resolve a dispute, to take decisive action, or simply to come to a common understanding. 3-0-3
 
Social Science Elective
3.00
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Fourth Semester - 16 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
AVIC 240
Facility II
6.00
This course is a continuance of Facility I. The student receives actual on-the-job training in the provision of advanced airport traffic control services and procedures. Successful completion of this course is a demonstration by the student that he/she is capable of providing all required air traffic control services during normal Beaver County Airport traffic conditions without assistance from instructor personnel. 0-12-6 Prerequisites: Successful completion of ALL required ATC AVIP/AVIC 1st through 3rd semester aviation courseware. A current second class Airman's Medical Certificate for ATC is required.
AVIC 248
Approach Control II
4.00
This is a continuation of AVIC247. After an intitial review of the subjects addressed during the preceding semester, students participate in simulated air traffic control exercises designed to develop more advanced skill levels in the application of air traffic control procedures pertinent to approach control facility operations. The exercises increase in complexity as the semester progresses. Throughout the course, student performance is evaluated by FAA rated air traffic control instructors. 0-8-4 Prerequisite: Successful completion of ALL required ATC AVIC/AVIP 1st through 3rd semester aviation courseware.
AVIC 260
ATC Internship
3.00
This course is designed to give the ATC student a supervised on the job experience in various aspects of the air traffic control environment. Students will spend a minimum of one hundred and thirty five hours (135) at a FAA terminal or field facility observing and participating in airport/approach/departure/satellite/ enroute/nonradar and radar air traffic control operations. The student will complete a daily journal and three page summary of the experience. This course will fulfill the requirement of the ATC curriculum general education elective. Prerequisites: Successful completion of AVIC236, Advanced ATC, and recommendation by the ATC Coordinator. Recommendation will be based on GPA, attendance, and demonstration of performance in the ATC curriculum. Students will have successfully completed 15 credits in ATC major, QPA of at least 3.0, sophomore status 30 total credits completed. 0-9-3
 
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CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
3.00
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
 
Social Science Elective
3.00
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