Air Traffic Engineer (ATE)

Job Title: Air Traffic Engineer (ATE)

Department: Engineering

Location: Gatwick

Reports To: Senior Air Traffic Engineer (SATE)

Summary of Role: To provide Level 1 and Level 2 maintenance of a suite of air traffic service equipment in accordance with CAP 670.

Primary Responsibilities

The primary duties of the post holder are detailed below. However, this is not an exhaustive list of all duties required and is not listed in order of priority:

  • Comply to ANS UMM and related procedures (ANS Safety, Security and Quality Management Systems).
  • Conduct performance checks, maintenance activities on the ATS/CNS equipment, including on-line and off-line reconfigurations and the associated withdrawal and introductions to service of equipment. 
  • Co-ordinate tactically with the ATC WM concerning the withdrawal of ATC equipment to ensure continued effectiveness and safety of the ATC services.
  • Where so qualified, restore operational equipment to service as soon as practicable and informing the ATC WM. 
  • Monitor the status of operational safety related equipment in order to detect any potential degradation of normal operation, notifying the ATC WM as soon as practicable of any potential degradation to normal operation.
  • Maintain personal equipment type recency and informing the SATE of any lapse. Request electrical services, works services, building repairs, replacement equipment etc from customer departments or third-party contractors on behalf of and as directed by the SATE.
  • Maintain technical records to the standards required by ANSL, the airport, CAA and other pertinent authorities. 
  • Maintain the Air Traffic Engineering Watch Log and associated registers.
  • Monitor technical stores, spares and tools and test equipment informing the SATE of issues in a timely manner.
  • Analyse system performance and events in support of SATE and GM responsibilities, e.g. system lifecycle analysis, 3rd party performance etc.
  • Provide Subject Matter Expertise in support of other Unit activities.
  • Participating in unit hazard identification and risk assessment activities.
  • Provide input to engineering related safety investigations. 
  • Comply with all applicable international, European and UK CAA Regulatory Requirements, including those related to Safety Management Systems and integrate these with the requirements of the ANSP.
  • An ATE may also hold additional accountabilities and responsibilities associated with specifically assigned roles (delegated by SATE to assist in discharge).
  • The post-holder must co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment.  Co-workers, customers and visitors must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.
  • Attend and present at senior management meetings and relevant ad-hoc internal meetings as requested.
  • Actively promote ANS to internal and external customers, carrying out all duties in an efficient, professional and courteous manner; clearly and effectively communicate with customers and staff.
  • Demonstrate the values within the business always.
  • Any other reasonable duties as requested by your Manager.



  • Recognised qualification in an electronics-based subject to Level 3 (e.g. BTEC National Certificate, AS/S Level or National Equivalent) Alternatively, the post-holder may have undertaken recognized structured electronic engineering training and have extensive electronic engineering experience.


  • CAA Personal Technical Certificates with Group Ratings for Communication, Navigation, Surveillance and ATM Systems plus Gatwick Equipment type ratings in accordance with
    CAP 670 or National Equivalent.



  • Electronic Engineering experience in an air traffic control environment

Internal Relationships

  • Senior Management Team
  • Operational/technical experts, project, engineering team
  • Local Trade Union Representatives
  • All employees and business lines
  • DFS Group 

External Relationships  

  • Customers, GAL, EAL, airlines, handling agents
  • Industry stakeholders, NATS
  • Regulatory Authorities, CAA
  • Third Party contractors and partners

This job description reflects the main functions of the role but from time to time the company may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to meet the needs of the business