Tower Controller

Tower
Controller

Air traffic controllers working in towers have a direct view of the airport and aircraft and use radio communication to issue instructions and clearances. The instructions and clearances they provide help maintain a safe and orderly flow in the air within a defined airspace which is referred to as the “control zone”, as well on the ground on runways and taxiways.

Tower air traffic controllers work at one of 41 airports across the country. Tasks will range from handling large commercial aircraft to small recreational aircraft on training circuits and anything in between.  Depending on the size of the unit, controllers may work in big or small teams.

"Training is an intense but rewarding experience that is entirely focused on skills you will need for your new career. I also like the flexibility of shifts and opportunities to move into other areas if I so choose."

Kristen Wicks
Tower Controller, Edmonton Tower

Training & Salary

Training to become a Tower Controller starts at the regional training unit.  The training units are normally located at one of seven area control centres. The first stage of training consists of classroom and simulator training. You’ll start by learning the basic operational rules and phraseology, moving to simulation training in a generic airport setting.

Depending on the location that you will be posted, you may complete some of your training in a high-fidelity simulator that closely represents a specific, real airport environment. The final phase in all sites is on-the-job training, where you’ll be paired with an experienced tower controller who will serve as your on-the-job instructor.

In addition to your routine work as a tower controller, you can receive premiums and bonuses related to duties as an on-the-job instructor, working at sites that offer air traffic services in both official languages, taking on supervisory duties, location premiums and evening, weekend and holiday shift premiums.

Phase 1

Classroom and simulator training: 5 to 6 months.
Phase 1 students allowance: $44,000

Phase 2

On the job training: 5 to 12 months.
Phase 2 training salary: $44, 000.

Total durations of Training:

10 to 18 moinths

salary range for a licensed controller

$75,000 to $142000

*Tower controller positions in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal Towers have a salary range of $103000 to $142000/year. 

*In addition, you can receive premiums and bonuses related to duties as an on-the-job instructor, working at sites that offer air traffic services in both official languages, taking on supervisory duties, location premiums and evening, weekend and holiday shift premiums.              

A closer look

A closer look

Possible Posts

You will normally be posted within the region you applied. The location you are posted at is based on operational requirements. Tower controllers can be posted to any tower in their respective region based on vacancies and operational requirements.

Possible Posts

You will normally be posted within the region you applied. The location you are posted at is based on operational requirements. Tower controllers can be posted to any tower in their respective region based on vacancies and operational requirements.

  • Abbotsford
  • Boundary Bay
  • Buttonville
  • Calgary
  • Montreal
  • Edmonton
  • Fort McMurray
  • Gander
  • Halifax
  • Hamilton
  • Kelowna
  • Langley
  • London
  • Moncton
  • Ottawa
  • Pitt Meadows
  • Prince George
  • Quebec
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Andrews
  • St. Honore
  • St. Hubert
  • St Jean sur Richelieu
  • St. John's
  • Thunder Bay
  • Toronto
  • Toronto City Centre
  • Vancouver
  • Vancouver Harbour Tower
  • Victoria
  • Villeneuve
  • Waterloo
  • Whitehorse
  • Windsor
  • Winnipeg
  • Yellowknife
  • Oshawa
  • Springbank
  • Fredericton
  • Abbotsford
  • Boundary Bay
  • Buttonville
  • Calgary
  • Montreal
  • Edmonton
  • Fort McMurray
  • Gander
  • Halifax
  • Hamilton
  • Kelowna
  • Langley
  • London
  • Moncton
  • Ottawa
  • Pitt Meadows
  • Prince George
  • Quebec
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Andrews
  • St. Honore
  • St. Hubert
  • St Jean sur Richelieu
  • St. John's
  • Thunder Bay
  • Toronto
  • Toronto City Centre
  • Vancouver
  • Vancouver Harbour Tower
  • Victoria
  • Villeneuve
  • Waterloo
  • Whitehorse
  • Windsor
  • Winnipeg
  • Yellowknife
  • Oshawa
  • Springbok
  • Fredericton

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