Master of Science degrees

Engineers in Air Traffic Safety Electronics (IESSA)

Becoming an engineer in Air Traffic Safety Electronics
These engineers install, maintain and develop equipment contributing to air transport safety: radars, automatic landing systems, IT systems, telecommunication systems, etc. If you are just fascinated by advanced technologies, particularly those used in the aeronautical sector... the ENAC IESSA course is your ticket to a great career and a path up the ladder.
IESSA students follow a 3-year paid course with guaranteed stable employment in the civil service when they leave the ENAC.


A European approach
At European level, ATSEP (Air Traffic Safety Electronic Personnel) include technicians and engineers in charge of maintaining air traffic systems. This title is accorded to any person in Europe performing maintenance tasks relating to air traffic safety. This profession is subject to strict regulations and the ATSEP course holds European status. An IESSA graduate is an ATSEP engineer.


To participate in this selective examination, you must meet the following requirements:

> Hold the nationality of a member of the European Community or another country having signed the European Economic Area agreement,

> Hold civic rights; Section n°2 of the criminal record must be blank, as this section is not compatible with IESSA positions,

> Candidates must be physically able to exercise the position (normal civil service entry conditions),

> Compliance with National military service requirements,

> Hold (on 1 September of the year of the selective examination) an L2 or higher qualification or diploma in mathematics, sciences or a technical subject or a qualification or diploma recognised as equivalent,

> No candidate may attempt the IESSA selective examination more than three times.

NOTE: the necessary substantiation must be shown after the oral examinations


IESSA: a high-responsibility job
Air Traffic Safety Electronics engineers install, calibrate, approve, maintain and develop electronic communication, radio navigation and monitoring (Radar) systems and Air traffic data processing systems. IESSA engineers require high levels of maintenance engineering skills in three fields: electronics, IT and telecommunications networks.

Within the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (French Civil Aviation Authority) (DGAC), IESSA are operational in area air traffic control centres (Brest, Bordeaux, Aix-en-Provence, Reims, Athis-Mons), i.e. in maintenance centres and airports (Paris, Bordeaux, Lyons, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, etc.) throughout mainland France and in the DOM-TOM; IESSA are also operational in the Technical and Innovation divisions of Installation or Research and development units. Career ladder opportunities are clearly available, with in-house openings, and the option to change qualification or base. IESSA can target design, supervisory or teaching positions or look to careers in international cooperation.

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