CTS (ZMP) Lab Manager (Full-time)

  • SAIC, Inc
  • Farmington, MN, USA
  • Oct 14, 2021

Job Description


We are looking for an experienced Controller Training Solutions (CTS) Lab Manager to join the SAIC TEAM providing air traffic controller training services for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA).

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.  The selected candidate will support training requirements at the Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center Facility (ZMP) at Farmington, MN.

The Lab Manager assists in the overall administration of simulation exercises/scenarios. The Lab Manager will coordinate with the appropriate course manager or lead Instructor(s) and may be responsible for overseeing and directing the activities of the contractor personnel providing

support under this contract. 

The Lab Manager responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Developing and maintaining a lab schedule and being the focal point for lab scheduling changes
  • Ensuring lab equipment is ready for use as transcribed in the schedule
  • The schedule must include start and stop times for scenarios, and the specific data inputs required for initiating simulation exercises. 
  • Monitoring training positions for proper operation of equipment and notifying the appropriate office of any equipment malfunctions. 
  • Supporting Scenario Development.
  • Maintaining the operation of the lab at the facility
  • Configuring/changing the lab to meet specific training requirements
  • Managing lab training files
  • Planning, coordinating, scheduling and directing operations and resources for training simulation labs 
  • Developing, operating, and maintaining simulation scenario library
  • Configuring and updating simulator capabilities to meet training requirements as defined in the Annual Work Plan
  • Maintaining simulation training documentation


Basic Qualifications:

Candidates for this position must have a minimum of a high school diploma (or equivalent) and demonstrate basic computer proficiency. Must have a minimum of 1 year experience working in an Air Traffic Controller Lab.

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

Desired skills :

  • Experience working in a contract environment with multidisciplinary team (instructors, technical specialists, quality assurance inspectors, etc.).
  • Prior experience in air traffic controller training operations, with certification in either the Terminal radar or Enroute simulation lab.
  • Effective oral and written communications skills.
  • Effective team building skills.
  • MS Office Suite Proficiency (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).
  • Basic familiarization of current technologic tools (tablets, notebooks, applications, etc.).