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Airport Traffic Engineer (ATSEP) - Various Locations

National Air Traffic Services
England, Manchester, Greater Manchester / Scotland, Aberdeen / England, West Sussex, Gatwick
£35196.94 - £76307.47 per annum
Closing date
15 Jun 2023

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NATS is the UK's leading air navigation service provider, handling over 2 million flights each year. It provides air traffic control services from two control centres supporting airports all around the UK, as well as a wide range of commercial solutions to over 30 countries internationally. Our people are at the heart of our purpose to advance aviation and keep the skies safe.

As part of our commercial business, we provide air traffic services including engineering at 15 UK airports in addition to engineering only maintenance contracts at several others.

Job Details:

We are currently recruiting to fulfil several permanent operational engineering positions at our airport units including London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Farnborough, Aberdeen, Stansted, Manchester and possibly others in the future.

Our Air Traffic Engineers provide maintenance and support services for a range of Air Traffic Control (ATC) Systems in the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS) and Information domains.

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Plan and carry out (within defined Competency Ratings) planned and corrective maintenance on a range of Air Traffic Control (ATC) Systems.
  • Monitor the status of operational safety related equipment to detect any potential degradation of normal operation.
  • Prioritise faults and or direct engineering resources towards a safe and expeditious restoration of service.
  • Make operational decisions; provide guidance, specialist advice and assistance.
  • Maintain clear and accurate records for all activities where required.
  • Fully brief and co-ordinate with ATC and other engineering staff, supervise Airport Maintenance Engineers and contractors ensuring compliance with NATS Management System(s).


  • Engineering qualification to Higher National Certificate (NVQ Level 4) as a minimum in Engineering, Electronics, Telecommunications or Computer Science and relevant experience.
  • Undertaken structured Engineering training (e.g., recognised apprenticeship) and have extensive engineering experience.
  • Full UK Driving Licence

Desirable (able to demonstrate experience in some of the below):

  • ATSEP (Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel) Qualified
  • Familiarity with a subset of:

Communications Systems including but not limited to:

  • VHF/UHF Transmitters and Receivers
  • Voice Communication Control Systems (VCCS)
  • Recorders
  • Microwave Links

Surveillance Systems including but not limited to:

  • Primary/Secondary Surveillance Equipment
  • Surface Movement Radar
  • Automated Surface Movement Guidance Control Systems (ASMGCS)
  • Multistatic Dependent Surveillance (MDS)
  • Radar Data Processing (RDP)

Navigation & Meteorological Systems including but not limited to:

  • Instrument Landing System (ILS)
  • Distance Measuring Equipment (DME)
  • Non-Directional Radio Beacon (NDB)
  • Instrumented Runway Visual Range (IRVR)
  • Semi Automatic Meteorological Observation System (SAMOS)
  • Surface Wind

Information Systems including but not limited to:

  • Electronic Flight Progress Strips / System (EFPS)
  • Flight Data Management System (FDMS)
  • Airport Display Information System (ADIS)

In addition to a competitive salary that's regularly reviewed, NATS offers an excellent range of benefits which includes a company performance related pay scheme, voluntary benefits and retail discounts, generous leave entitlement and a market-leading defined contribution pension scheme. Find out more here.

If you share our passion to advance aviation and keep the skies safe - we would like to hear from you whatever your age, sex, race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, visible or invisible disability. Individuals that bring different perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds help us be at the forefront of our industry.

When applying, please be clear on the locations you are applying for.


Guiding over 2.2 million flights – carrying some 200 million passengers – is no mean feat. But thanks to a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the expertise and dedication of our people, that’s what NATS achieves over the course of a year. And it’s what makes NATS such an exciting place to work.

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