OTS Selection Process

esw2005

Well-Known Member
The 411 on how the OTS Selection Process works

Ok, so there is a lot of speculation on how the screening process works for OTS applicants. Today while I was waiting at the airport, I had the luxury to speak to an FAA employee that is involved in the selection process for the national public announcements..

Providing that you meet the initial criteria (ie, 4 year degree or 3 years of consecutive work experience) you will be selected to take the AT-SAT. Everyone that passes (70 and above) will be sent a geographical preference email along with what position you prefer (terminal option, the en route option or that you will accept either of these options). Once you pick your two states, let’s say TX and CO and you submit the info; a “panel” meets to review your selection. Now, this is where your test score comes into play. They look at “well qualified) applicants first. From there they look at their geo pref.’s. Their goal is to station you at your first geo pref. choice. If there is an available position than you receive an email stating” you have been chosen for further consideration for an Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS) position at the “blank facility” in “city”, “state”. Now, let’s say there is nothing available in your first choice which was TX. They then look at your second choice and communicate with whatever region CO is in to see if they can transfer you to their region. Before they transfer you they make sure that there are positions available for you in that region. Now, you pick which PEPC you want to attend to, let’s say your choices are NYC, MEM, and Chicago and non-PEPC route. Let’s say you choose NYC. THIS IS IMPORTANT!!! This part of the process is all based on “first come first serve”. Let’s say you pick NYC, the FAA compiles a list of all applicants who chose NYC based on order of submission. Now, the FAA can only process so many applicants in one week. Obviously, the quicker your response time the better off you are. Now the FAA sends you an email asking what day you want to attend. For example they processed 300 applicants in NYC, so for all the applicants who do not receive a confirmation email for NYC, you are now on a waiting list. The same process happens with the MEM and Chicago PEPC request. If there are available openings for the MEM or Chicago PEPC then you will be notified. If not than I am assuming you have the option of going the non PEPC route. But you must wait in line behind the other applicants that have chosen the non PEPC process to begin with that are considered” well qualified”. Let’s back track for a second. Once the FAA has reviewed all the “well qualified” applicants, now they send out PEPC invites to “qualified” applicants and the whole selection process in the same as “well qualified) applicants. Back to the original example, once you have received a confirmation email stating the day and time of your interview, you are all set to go. Basically everyone that shows up to an interview will get a TOL. Then the waiting begins.


The reason for this post is to stop all the speculation that the selection process in base on SSN or some other computer generated method. AGAIN YOUR SSN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SELECTION PROCESS.
 

esw2005

Well-Known Member
So what are you trying to say?

I hope you forgot to use the sarcasm icon!!! I thought I was clear about this!!!! YOUR SSN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SELECTION PROCESS.

I thought this would be helpful for those who do not know how the selection process works.
 

BoomerSooner77

New Member
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I hope you forgot to use the sarcasm icon!!! I thought I was clear about this!!!! YOUR SSN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SELECTION PROCESS.

I thought this would be helpful for those who do not know how the selection process works.
Haven't you learned by now my dry humor / sarcastic nature? Smile!
 

Prino

Well-Known Member
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Yeah, now that I have relaxed and had a beer. I tell you what PEPC was a breeze but my stay at the HILTON Hotel was a pain in the A$$.
i stayed at the embassy suites when i attended my pepc. got there. gave the front desk what i was going to wear for the interview so they could send it to be dry cleaned. they specifically said it could be back before the next day at 9 am....long story short...they didnt send it off and the clothes were wrinkled beyond repair, as well as being dirty....luckily i had brought an extra pair of clothes as a backup
 
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