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ATC Radar Simulator Operator at the FAA Academy

Job ID: 2401346
Location: OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States
Date Posted: Feb 22, 2024
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: Computer Operator
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


We are looking for Full-time, ATC Radar Simulator Operator (RSO) candidates to join the SAIC Controller Training Solutions (CTS) team at the FAA Academy, located in Oklahoma City, OK, supporting Air Traffic Controller training services for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Job Description: 
The Radar Simulator Operator (RSO) plays an integral role supporting the instruction and training of FAA new-hire En Route Air Traffic Controllers, by performing the duties of the Radar Air Traffic Controller in the Air Traffic Controller training simulator.

The Radar Simulator Operator (RSO) will primarily assist in the conduct and administration of the Initial En Route Qualification Training course. They may also participate in the conduct or administration of other courses and/or in ISD projects, to include the development, revision, and maintenance of ATC Training Courses.

Candidates selected for these positions will be required to achieve Radar Simulator Operator Certification, by passing both written and lab performance (simulator) tests.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for ensuring that air traffic control specialists provide the flying public with a high level of safety and professionalism. A well-trained Air Traffic Control (ATC) workforce plays an essential role in fulfilling this responsibility. The FAA employs more than 14,000 air traffic controllers. They work in air traffic facilities of varying sizes, safely separating more than 50,000 aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS) each day.

To provide such air traffic services, the FAA trains new air traffic control specialists and provides recurrent training to current air traffic control specialists. The FAA utilizes Contractor-provided instructional services at FAA ATC facilities throughout the U.S. and its Territories to ensure these training needs are met. The scope of the contractor-provided services includes all training and training program support to successfully train and prepare students to become fully certified air traffic controllers. SAIC must provide training and training related support services as required for all types and levels of ATC facilities.


Required Qualifications: 

US Citizenship is required with the ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust clearance.

At a minimum, the En Route Radar Simulator Operator must have:

  • 1 year experience in Air Traffic Controller training (student, instructor, or support staff);
  • Experience with air traffic simulation platforms (ERAM or comparable Radar simulators) within the last 5 years.
  • Experience as an FAA certified Radar Air Traffic Controller at an ATC Level 10 or above FAA facility which could be from either a live traffic or in a simulated air traffic environment.

In lieu of the experience above, the RSO may have:

  • Held a U.S. military controller certification and had both experience and training in En Route Airspace and Operations, Radar Control and Air Traffic Simulation.
  • U.S. military, civilian or international Air Traffic Control Operations training is required.

Required Education:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

SAIC accepts applications on an ongoing basis and there is no deadline.

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

We are approximately 24,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which is core to our values and important to attract and retain exceptional talent. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.9 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom.

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