DFS presents jobs in aviation

Large crowds turned up at the DFS Recruiting Day last Saturday, 18 May. Around 2,000 interested people came to learn about the different professions available in air navigation services.

20.05.2019.- What do the air traffic controllers in one of Europe's largest radar control centres do? What systems are available to help them? What abilities do applicants need to have? What other careers and apprenticeships does DFS offer? The answers to these questions and many more about possible future careers in air navigation services were available at the DFS Recruiting Day held at the DFS Headquarters in Langen, Germany, on Saturday 18 May.

Information stands were set up all around the Air Navigation Services Academy, where DFS trains the air traffic controllers of tomorrow. Visitors could test their suitability to become an air traffic controller on iPads and on the radiotelephony simulator. DFS staff explained the selection procedure and gave advice on applying. Trainee air traffic controllers gave first-hand accounts of what the training is really like. Information was also available on the other training and career opportunities offered by DFS, including apprenticeships through the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, dual courses of studies with work placements as well as the new bachelor degree course offered together with the Hochschule Worms (University of Applied Sciences Worms), where students combine a dual course of studies with air traffic controller training.

Dr Michael Hann, Managing Director Human Resources and Labour Director at DFS, drew a positive conclusion to the event. "Air traffic volumes are on the rise, which means DFS has to grow as well. We need people who are passionate about aviation. We need the best of the best as air traffic control is not a run-of-the-mill job. After all, more than three million flights need to be guided safely to their destinations each year. That's why we’re not only looking for air traffic controllers – we also need engineers and technicians. Without these people, the surveillance of airspace would simply not be possible. The immense interest in our Recruiting Day has shown that DFS is an attractive employer with a good chance of getting the right people, even given the strong competition for recruits."

Information on the complete spectrum of DFS activities was available at other stands, including the display of flight tracks, research projects and drone operations. The company also presented the fringe benefits it offers as well as its employee health programme. In addition, visitors could win tours of the Aeronautical Information Service Centre and the Langen Control Centre.

Media contact:
Kristina Kelek
E-mail kristina.kelek@dfs.de
Telephone: +49 (0)6103 / 707-4161

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DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,400 employees. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, more than three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as control towers at the 16 designated international airports in Germany. The subsidiary DFS Aviation Services GmbH markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services, and provides air traffic control at nine regional airports in Germany and at London Gatwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport in the UK. www.dfs.de