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The Board of the Irish Aviation Authority is committed to providing efficient and cost-effective safety and security regulation for the Irish aviation industry and to providing, on a sound commercial basis, safe, efficient, and cost-effective air navigation services, which meet the needs of our customers. The Authority aims to be a world leader in its field.

Our vision is to be a world leading air navigation services provider and a best in class aviation safety regulator, enabled by fostering a culture of innovation and service excellence across our activities.

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IAA Careers Overview

The Irish Aviation Authority is a world leader in air traffic management, aviation safety and security regulation with a highly skilled workforce. The main grades recruited by the Authority are Air Traffic Controllers, Radio Officers, Engineers, Airworthiness Inspectors, Flight Operations Inspectors and Clerical Staff.

The Authority welcomes applications from all sections of the community, regardless of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, race or membership of the traveller community.

Air Traffic Controller

An Air Traffic Controller is responsible for the safe, orderly and expeditious movement of air traffic on and in the vicinity of airports and in the airspace for which Ireland is responsible.

Air Traffic Controllers are recruited through our Student Controller Programme and applicants must be at least 19 years of age.  They must also have passed at least five subjects in the Leaving Certificate including Mathematics with Grade C in at least two higher level papers or hold a comparable award at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Full details on our Programme, including an on-line application form, can be assessed here.

Radio Officers

Radio Officers perform operational duties appropriate to the provision by the Authority of Aeronautical Mobile, Fixed and Broadcast Communications services to international aviation. Radio Officers are based in Ballygirreen, Co. Clare.

Applicants must have passed at least five subjects in the Leaving Certificate (Mathematics essential) with a minimum of Grade C in, at least, two higher level papers. An equivalent Second Level qualification is acceptable or an equivalent or higher level Third Level qualification is also acceptable provided that the applicant has passed Mathematics.

English language proficiency is essential.


Engineers are responsible for the operational maintenance and accuracy of the ground based telecommunications systems, navigation aids, radars and computer networks provided by the Authority for the safety and regulation of air traffic. Applicants should hold a degree in Electronic / Electrical Telecommunication Engineering or Computer Systems or a comparable discipline. Experience of first line maintenance in the following areas is desirable: data communications, computer networks, radio communications, navigation systems, surveillance systems or M.V. power distributions systems

Airworthiness Inspectors

Airworthiness Inspectors are responsible for the safety oversight of commercial aircraft, aircraft operators, aircraft maintenance organisations, general aviation and the airworthiness of Irish registered aircraft in accordance with Irish regulatory requirements and the requirements under the EASA regulation EC216 of 2008 and its implementing rules.

Applicants should hold a primary degree in an aviation or related field or a maintenance engineers licence or equivalent level of qualification/expertise on transport aeroplanes or helicopters or a technical management qualification in an area of specialist aviation services such as NDT for at least 8 years.

Flight Operations Inspector

Flight Operations Inspectors are responsible for the safety oversight of Commercial Air Transport, Corporate, Aerial Work/Specialised Operations and General and Sport Aviation in accordance with Irish and international regulations; the application of Air Operations/Aircrew Regulations as applicable to Irish Aviation, assessing the competence of applicants for AOCs, Aerial Work/Specialised Operations, Approved Training Organisations and instructor/examiner personnel.

Applicants should hold a current airline transport pilot’s licence with multi engine type rating, and have:

  • Substantial experience in air operations with considerable command experience
  • Substantial experience dealing with operator training requirements and training organisations is desirable
  • Excellent written, oral and inter-personal communication skills
  • A good knowledge of general aviation operations and pilot training
  • A good knowledge of Irish, EU and international regulatory laws and standards
  • A good understanding of the international and European regulatory framework and rulemaking activities such as those of ICAO, EU, EASA etc

Desirable, additional qualifications and experience such as instructor and examiner ratings  and/or management experience in air operations.

Administrative Staff

Administrative staff are employed mainly in the headquarters of the Irish Aviation Authority, Dublin in Corporate Affairs, Finance and Human Resources Directorates. Applicants should have a good general education and have basic PC skills.


As necessary the Authority advertises all vacancies in the public press and in certain cases also advertises in appropriate trade journals. The Authority reserves the right to change the qualification requirements for these positions.

If you require any details on careers in the Authority, please email: careers@iaa.ie