Shift patterns of an RAF Air Traffic Control Officer

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    Hi All,

    I'm currently going through the application process to become an Air Traffic Control Officer in the RAF, I've somehow managed to pass the filter interview and am now looking to cram as much knowledge in before selection. Does anybody know what the shift patterns are like for an ATC officer?

    Thanks all!
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    (Original post by cpwd92)
    Hi All,

    I'm currently going through the application process to become an Air Traffic Control Officer in the RAF, I've somehow managed to pass the filter interview and am now looking to cram as much knowledge in before selection. Does anybody know what the shift patterns are like for an ATC officer?

    Thanks all!
    The shift patterns will depend on a variety of things including the aircraft type on the station, the intensity of flying, the local airspace structure, exercises and operations, current team skills etc. There's no consistent pattern apart from the fact it is usually shift based work
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    It is unit dependant and depends on wether the unit is night flying or day flying.

    For example at a large southern 24 hour transport base there is a permanent "shift" in which is split the day in to the following an AM shift 7-3, PMs 3-11 and the night shift 11-7. There is also a day shift 9-5 in on working days but this skeletal manning will always be in the tower. A non 24 hour base will see you on either mornings or afternoons, flying programme will only effect in the way the timings work I.e for night flying etc etc. But that's usually how it works.

    Your job as the officer at the start of your career is to get your teeth into controlling and learn it all, then usually on your 2nd posting you'll be given a more ATCO IC role and be able to take the "watch" on a weekend and then you can be trained as the ATC supervisor. I'd probably if you haven't already trying to get into an ATC tower, I'm sure this can be done through the AFCO.

    Airspace structure shouldn't affect manning levels in anyway, however lack of manning can effect if you'll be stuck in the training system or be on days consolidating in position as that's where the traffic is!
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    Depends entirely on the unit.

    Usually a MANO shift pattern if they operate H24.*
    Morning - 0700-1500
    Afternoon - 1500-2300
    Night - 2300-0700

    I've worked at units operating 0800-1700 though. *

    Most first tourist officers will probably become a supervisor or get a junior exec role. I've seen some first tourists become and LEO (local examination officer), but it is rare.*
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    Are there any ATC officers on here I can PM? In the same situation as the poster,recently passed CBAT for ATC and also ex-RAF myself, but have some questions I am unable to discover through forum searches.
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    (Original post by JayJayL)
    Are there any ATC officers on here I can PM? In the same situation as the poster,recently passed CBAT for ATC and also ex-RAF myself, but have some questions I am unable to discover through forum searches.
    Ask away.
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    Anything he/she won't be able to answer, I probably will. So you've got good cover on here.
 
 
 
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