Category: ATSEP Published on Monday, 31 August 2015

ATSEP - Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel

Air traffic safety electronics personnel (ATSEP) is an international term for the technical staff involved with the creation and support of the ground-based electronic hardware and software systems used to support air navigation and Air Traffic Management.

Employed by Air Navigation Service Providers, ATSEPs are mainly engineers, technicians, hardware and software specialists who are responsible for the specification, procurement, installation, integration, calibration, maintenance, safety assurance and monitoring of these systems. The equipment ranges from discrete specialist electronic systems to Commercial-Off-The-Shelf computer hardware running specialist software designed and maintained to provide a high critical safety-of-life service to aircraft. The systems provide Communication and Navigation services for aircraft, Surveillance (e.g. Radar), Flight Data Processing and supporting tools for Air Traffic Controllers.

The principal duties of the ATSEP are (source ICAO Training manual doc 7192 E2):

 Performing maintenance on CNS/ATM system/equipment which include:

In 2017, the term ATSEP have been for the first defined in a regulation, namely the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 of 1 March 2017 laying down common requirements for providers of air traffic management/air navigation services and other air traffic management network functions and their oversight 

ATSEP definition :

(20)  ‘air traffic safety electronics personnel (ATSEP)’ means any authorised personnel who are competent to operate, maintain, release from, and return into operations equipment of the functional system;

(56) ‘functional system’ means a combination of procedures, human resources and equipment, including hardware and software, organized to perform a function within the context of ATM/ANS and other ATM network functions;

ILO - International Labour Office

Thanks to the efforts of IFATSEA, ATSEP is also recognized by ILO under the International Standard Classification of Occupation ILO Paragraph: 3145 AIR TRAFFIC SAFETY TECHNICIANS

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