31. August 2017  

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Put air traffic control on your radar. Become an air traffic controller.

EUROCONTROL offers young potentials an exciting and rewarding career in air traffic control. Be part of an international team of experts and work with state-of-the-art technologies. Apply now for student air traffic controller (ATCO) training in February 2018.

Air traffic controllers are at the heart of a truly unique industry, taking responsibility for aircraft safety and ensuring their timely take-off and landing. Interested in becoming an ATCO yourself? Ahead, you will find plenty of information to help you on your way.


The recruitment process for trainee controllers is rigorous and detailed, but do not let this put you off from applying. A positive, determined and open attitude will take you a long way. First make sure that you meet all of the entry requirements. You should:

  • be a national of one of the EUROCONTROL Member States;
  • be under the age of 25 at the start of training;
  • have completed your secondary education at an advanced level, with mathematics as one of your subjects;
  • not have any military service obligations at the start of training;
  • have a good command of English.

Do you meet all of these requirements? Great! Go ahead and fill in the application form. If you are a suitable candidate, you will be invited to our Maastricht centre for tests and an interview. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. 


Training to become an air traffic controller takes between two and a half and three years. Courses are taught entirely in English, and include theoretical classes, simulator training and intensive professional training. Basic training takes place at the National School of Civil Aviation (ENAC) in Toulouse, France, immediately followed by unit training at our Maastricht Centre.


Students who successfully complete training will join the international team at our Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) in the Netherlands. If you wish, you can spend your whole career as an operational controller. Alternatively, you might consider utilising your operational experience in another field. You could become a professional trainer, a safety expert, or provide experienced operational support for development projects in various fields related to air traffic control. No matter what your career goals are, we will help you make the most of your potential. 


Find out what a typical day at our Maastricht Centre looks like through the testimonials of our air traffic controllers. You can find them on our dedicated website atco.eurocontrol.int along with the application and selection procedures.

Follow us on Instagram at @maastricht_atc for a sneak peek into the ATCO career or contact us directly at ATCO.students@eurocontrol.int

We will be at the upcoming education fairs in Eindhoven (29 and 30 September), Lelystad (30 September), London (4 November), Zwolle (7-8 November), Utrecht and Munich (24-25 November)

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