Published on February 12th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Ireland West Airport Recruiting Student Air Traffic Controller

Ireland West Airport has an opportunity for a Student Air Traffic Control Officer. On successful completion of all the stages of the recruitment and training process, the successful candidate(s) will attain a European Union Air Traffic Controller License with the appropriate ratings and endorsements to operate as an Air Traffic Control Officer at Ireland West Airport and may be offered a position as an Air Traffic Control Officer at Ireland West Airport.

An Air Traffic Control Officer is primarily responsible for the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air and ground traffic on and in the vicinity of Ireland West Airport.

The Training programme involves an intensive period of training at a training centre in Europe, and on-site in Ireland West Airport, with training expected to commence April 2022 and qualification by June 2023.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to develop their career in aviation and to become part of the team of air traffic controllers operating both Approach Procedural and Tower Control in an international airport, servicing scheduled, commercial, general, military, and private flights.

As a minimum, applicants should:

  • Have passed at least five subjects in the Leaving Certificate (including English and Mathematics) with a Grade C in at least two higher level papers or hold a comparable award at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
  • Have attained 20 years of age, as persons must be 21 years of age to be a licensed Air Traffic Control Officer
  • Be legally permitted to work in Ireland
  • Be legally permitted and available to live outside of Ireland for a minimum of 26 weeks to undergo training, which is expected to commence April 2022.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

A relevant third level qualification is desirable. The closing date for applications is Friday 18th February 2022. For more information, please visit

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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