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Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Career Cluster Description: Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

Occupation - Cluster Standard occupation title with associated career cluster. Annual
Openings Average number of job openings projected for each year.
Median
Wages Projected median annual wages.
Projected
New Jobs Projected numerical change in employment.
Growth
Rate Projected percent change in employment.
Pathway Career cluster pathway that outlines courses and training programs. Job Zone/
Education Categories developed by O*NET as indicators of the amount education, training, and experience needed to gain entry into profession.
  • Job Zone 1 = Little or no preparation (high school diploma or less)
  • Job Zone 2 = Some preparation (high school diploma)
  • Job Zone 3 = Medium preparation (trade certificate or associate’s degree)
  • Job Zone 4 = Considerable preparation (bachelor’s degree)
  • Job Zone 5 = Extensive preparation (master’s or doctorate degree)
Air Traffic Controllers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 39 $130,190 -80 -12.50% Management and Regulation, Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning 3
Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 176 $35,720 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Aircraft Mechanics & Service Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 34 $56,300 -110 -6.30% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Airfield Operations Specialists - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 67 $35,430 *** *** Management and Regulation, Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning 3
Airline Pilots, Copilots & Flight Engineers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 70 $83,760 -80 -15.90% Transportation Operations 4
Ambulance Drivers & Attendants, Ex. Emergency Medical Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 23 $21,430 120 45.80% Transportation Operations 2
Automotive & Watercraft Service Attendants - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 606 $22,500 290 13.50% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Automotive Body & Related Repairers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 387 $37,580 300 8.80% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Automotive Glass Installers & Repairers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 65 $32,230 10 7.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 1775 $38,180 1250 8.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Avionics Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 24 $56,910 10 5.10% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Bicycle Repairers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 28 $18,400 *** *** Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Billing & Posting Clerks - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 1344 $34,380 3710 29.60% Sales and Service 2
Bridge & Lock Tenders - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** $51,780 *** -10.00% Transportation Operations 1
Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 742 $43,450 430 8.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 1268 $26,200 470 4.70% Transportation Operations 2
Bus Drivers, Transit & Intercity - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 362 $36,760 70 3.00% Transportation Operations 2
Captains, Mates & Pilots of Water Vessels - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 95 $39,180 230 24.80% Transportation Operations ***
Cargo & Freight Agents - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 134 $41,920 230 10.30% Sales and Service 2
Cleaners of Vehicles & Equipment - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 930 $23,250 320 6.60% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Commercial Pilots - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 65 $70,080 50 12.80% Transportation Operations 3
Couriers & Messengers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 294 $29,070 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Dispatchers, Ex. Police, Fire & Ambulance - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 502 $37,530 *** *** Logistics Planning and Management Services 2
Electrical & Electronics Installers & Repairers, Transportation Equipment - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 33 $44,050 -10 -2.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Electronic Equipment Installers & Repairers, Motor Vehicles - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 15 $39,100 -10 -5.70% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers & Material Movers, Hand - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 1452 *** 620 9.80% Transportation Operations 2
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation & Material-Moving Machine & Vehicle Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** *** *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Flight Attendants - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** $19,520 *** *** Transportation Operations 3
Gas Compressor & Gas Pumping Station Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 14 $57,360 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 7596 $39,640 6990 11.60% Transportation Operations 2
Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 2441 $31,300 600 3.40% Transportation Operations 2
Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 104 $27,040 14870 19.10% Transportation Operations 2
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 2419 $32,260 1800 7.80% Transportation Operations 2
Locomotive Engineers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 58 $61,410 -40 -4.60% Transportation Operations 2
Locomotive Firers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** *** *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Logisticians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 331 $58,800 250 21.60% Logistics Planning and Management Services 4
Material Moving Workers, All Other - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 99 $24,980 50 7.30% Transportation Operations ***
Mine Shuttle Car Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** $37,300 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Ex. Engines - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 344 $44,420 *** *** Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 217 $25,690 160 11.50% Transportation Operations ***
Motorboat Mechanics & Service Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 70 $35,160 30 9.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Motorboat Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** $45,000 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Motorcycle Mechanics - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 48 $37,450 30 9.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Packers & Packagers, Hand - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 3056 $22,030 2360 13.70% Transportation Operations 2
Parking Lot Attendants - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 336 $20,110 130 8.20% Sales and Service 2
Pump Operators, Ex. Wellhead Pumpers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 18 $39,280 10 3.60% Transportation Operations 2
Rail Car Repairers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 51 $57,700 *** -0.40% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Rail Transportation Workers, All Other - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 11 *** *** *** Transportation Operations ***
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators & Hostlers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 11 $53,910 10 5.70% Transportation Operations 2
Railroad Brake, Signal & Switch Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 29 *** -20 -3.30% Transportation Operations 2
Railroad Conductors & Yardmasters - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 80 $61,530 -40 -4.30% Transportation Operations 2
Rail-Track Laying & Maintenance Equipment Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 29 $53,690 *** 2.10% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 75 $50,990 20 11.60% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Sailors & Marine Oilers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 127 $26,960 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Ship Engineers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 19 $73,800 50 16.00% Transportation Operations 3
Signal & Track Switch Repairers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 19 *** *** -3.90% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Tank Car, Truck & Ship Loaders - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 33 $39,690 10 13.50% Transportation Operations 2
Taxi Drivers & Chauffeurs - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 543 $22,000 440 16.70% Transportation Operations 2
Tire Repairers & Changers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 561 $34,510 460 15.90% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Traffic Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 70 $40,030 10 3.20% Management and Regulation, Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning 3
Transportation Attendants, Ex. Flight Attendants - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 32 $20,630 20 3.90% Transportation Operations 2
Transportation Workers, All Other - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 81 $26,330 20 1.60% Transportation Operations ***
Transportation, Storage & Distribution Managers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 365 $77,490 370 10.10% Logistics Planning and Management Services ***
Wellhead Pumpers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** *** *** *** Transportation Operations 2

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Pathways

  • Sales and Service

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Sales and Service pathway involve the marketing and selling of transportation services to new customers as well as the management of existing customer relationships and customer service. Transportation businesses move passengers and freight to meet customer needs and demands. Successful businesses need skilled employees to provide excellent customer service.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Transportation Marketing: Students will develop skills in selling logistics and transportation products and services including third-party logistics. Specifically they will learn strategies for establishing good customer relations; determining customer needs; explaining appropriate products, services and pricing; and assisting the customer in making the decision, closing the sale, and completing the sales transaction.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Health, Safety and Environmental Management

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Health, Safety and Management pathway involve assessing and managing risks associated with safety Environmental and environmental issues. The well-being of people and our environment is more important and challenging today than ever before in history. The people employed in this important pathway research, plan and carry out activities to make our environment safer and cleaner.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation pathway deal with all aspects of the design and operation of our public transportation systems--road, air, sea and rail. These functions are primarily the responsibility of people who are employed by federal, state and local transportation agencies. Many businesses work to assist these agencies in their efforts.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Transportation Services: Students will learn to develop plans for new, improved, or discontinued transportation service including public transportation services. Students will develop skills in monitoring and reporting on the performance of public transportation operations, and they will develop strategies to improve service including routing, scheduling, equipment upgrades, operator training and other items to increase quality and reduce cost.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway include the maintenance, repair, and servicing of vehicles and transportation facilities, as well as the refueling of mobile equipment. All transportation relies on equipment which must function as designed, whenever needed. The people in this pathway keep the equipment and machinery running while looking for more efficient, safe, and cost-effective ways to do so.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Facility and Mobile Equiment Maintenance Systems: Students will identify tools and equipment used in TDL facilities as well as develop and manage maintenance plans and systems to meet business and equipment manufacturer requirements. Other content will include learning to monitor and evaluate the performance of maintenance plans and systems, including compliance with safety and environmental requirements, and monitoring and maintaining information on the availability of parts, materials, supplies and the management of inventory levels.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations

    Pathway Description: Careers in Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations focus on the operation of transportation and distribution facilities including ports, terminals, warehouses, and other types of facilities. All cargo needs to be tracked, sorted, labeled, and loaded accurately and safely. Timing is also important, since many loads must adhere to a schedule in order to satisfy the needs of the customer.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Inventory Control and Management: Students will develop skills in cycle counting, inventory accuracy and measurement, warehouse design and layout, scanning of inventory, RFID and other tracking technology.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Logistics Planning and Management

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Logistics Planning and Management Services pathway involve the planning, management and control of the physical distribution of materials, products, and people. Often, more than one mode of transportation is used as distribution efforts can be complex, even national or global. These people are responsible for the plans which will ensure that cargo arrives at the right location, on time, and in the safest, most economical manner.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Transportation Operations

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Transportation Operations pathway are really on the move! These are the people that drive or pilot the vehicles that transport people and freight. Equally important to this pathway are the support people who ensure that any cargo transport is safe, secure, and on time.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

Programs of Study

The Perkins crosswalk of educational programs of study to occupations identifies a number of programs relevant to this career cluster:

  • 15.0803 Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0000 Mechanics and Repairers, General.
  • 47.0302 Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0600 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, General.
  • 47.0603 Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0604 Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0605 Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0606 Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0607 Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0608 Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0609 Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0610 Bicycle Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0611 Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0612 Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0613 Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0614 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0615 Engine Machinist.
  • 47.0616 Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0617 High Performance and Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic.
  • 47.0618 Recreation Vehicle (RV) Service Technician.
  • 47.0699 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other.
  • 47.9999 Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 49.0101 Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General.
  • 49.0102 Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew.
  • 49.0104 Aviation/Airway Management and Operations.
  • 49.0105 Air Traffic Controller.
  • 49.0106 Airline Flight Attendant.
  • 49.0108 Flight Instructor.
  • 49.0199 Air Transportation, Other.
  • 49.0205 Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor.
  • 49.0207 Flagging and Traffic Control.
  • 49.0208 Railroad and Railway Transportation.
  • 49.0299 Ground Transportation, Other.
  • 49.0309 Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer.
  • 49.0399 Marine Transportation, Other.
  • 49.9999 Transportation and Materials Moving, Other.
  • 52.0203 Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • 52.0209 Transportation/Mobility Management.
  • 52.0410 Traffic, Customs, and Transportation Clerk/Technician.

Career Cluster

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Career Cluster Description: Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

Occupation - Cluster Annual
Openings
Median
Wages
Projected
New Jobs
Growth
Rate
Pathway Job Zone/
Education
Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 7596 $39,640 6990 11.60% Transportation Operations 2
Packers & Packagers, Hand - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 3056 $22,030 2360 13.70% Transportation Operations 2
Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 2441 $31,300 600 3.40% Transportation Operations 2
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 2419 $32,260 1800 7.80% Transportation Operations 2
Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 1775 $38,180 1250 8.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers & Material Movers, Hand - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 1452 *** 620 9.80% Transportation Operations 2
Billing & Posting Clerks - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 1344 $34,380 3710 29.60% Sales and Service 2
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 1268 $26,200 470 4.70% Transportation Operations 2
Cleaners of Vehicles & Equipment - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 930 $23,250 320 6.60% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 742 $43,450 430 8.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Automotive & Watercraft Service Attendants - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 606 $22,500 290 13.50% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Tire Repairers & Changers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 561 $34,510 460 15.90% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Taxi Drivers & Chauffeurs - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 543 $22,000 440 16.70% Transportation Operations 2
Dispatchers, Ex. Police, Fire & Ambulance - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 502 $37,530 *** *** Logistics Planning and Management Services 2
Automotive Body & Related Repairers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 387 $37,580 300 8.80% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Transportation, Storage & Distribution Managers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 365 $77,490 370 10.10% Logistics Planning and Management Services ***
Bus Drivers, Transit & Intercity - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 362 $36,760 70 3.00% Transportation Operations 2
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Ex. Engines - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 344 $44,420 *** *** Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Parking Lot Attendants - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 336 $20,110 130 8.20% Sales and Service 2
Logisticians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 331 $58,800 250 21.60% Logistics Planning and Management Services 4
Couriers & Messengers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 294 $29,070 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 217 $25,690 160 11.50% Transportation Operations ***
Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 176 $35,720 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Cargo & Freight Agents - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 134 $41,920 230 10.30% Sales and Service 2
Sailors & Marine Oilers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 127 $26,960 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 104 $27,040 14870 19.10% Transportation Operations 2
Material Moving Workers, All Other - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 99 $24,980 50 7.30% Transportation Operations ***
Captains, Mates & Pilots of Water Vessels - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 95 $39,180 230 24.80% Transportation Operations ***
Transportation Workers, All Other - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 81 $26,330 20 1.60% Transportation Operations ***
Railroad Conductors & Yardmasters - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 80 $61,530 -40 -4.30% Transportation Operations 2
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 75 $50,990 20 11.60% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Airline Pilots, Copilots & Flight Engineers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 70 $83,760 -80 -15.90% Transportation Operations 4
Motorboat Mechanics & Service Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 70 $35,160 30 9.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Traffic Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 70 $40,030 10 3.20% Management and Regulation, Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning 3
Airfield Operations Specialists - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 67 $35,430 *** *** Management and Regulation, Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning 3
Automotive Glass Installers & Repairers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 65 $32,230 10 7.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Commercial Pilots - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 65 $70,080 50 12.80% Transportation Operations 3
Locomotive Engineers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 58 $61,410 -40 -4.60% Transportation Operations 2
Rail Car Repairers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 51 $57,700 *** -0.40% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Motorcycle Mechanics - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 48 $37,450 30 9.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Air Traffic Controllers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 39 $130,190 -80 -12.50% Management and Regulation, Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning 3
Aircraft Mechanics & Service Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 34 $56,300 -110 -6.30% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Electrical & Electronics Installers & Repairers, Transportation Equipment - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 33 $44,050 -10 -2.00% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Tank Car, Truck & Ship Loaders - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 33 $39,690 10 13.50% Transportation Operations 2
Transportation Attendants, Ex. Flight Attendants - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 32 $20,630 20 3.90% Transportation Operations 2
Railroad Brake, Signal & Switch Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 29 *** -20 -3.30% Transportation Operations 2
Rail-Track Laying & Maintenance Equipment Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 29 $53,690 *** 2.10% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Bicycle Repairers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 28 $18,400 *** *** Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 2
Avionics Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 24 $56,910 10 5.10% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Ambulance Drivers & Attendants, Ex. Emergency Medical Technicians - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 23 $21,430 120 45.80% Transportation Operations 2
Ship Engineers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 19 $73,800 50 16.00% Transportation Operations 3
Signal & Track Switch Repairers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 19 *** *** -3.90% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Pump Operators, Ex. Wellhead Pumpers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 18 $39,280 10 3.60% Transportation Operations 2
Electronic Equipment Installers & Repairers, Motor Vehicles - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 15 $39,100 -10 -5.70% Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance 3
Gas Compressor & Gas Pumping Station Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 14 $57,360 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Rail Transportation Workers, All Other - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 11 *** *** *** Transportation Operations ***
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators & Hostlers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics 11 $53,910 10 5.70% Transportation Operations 2
Motorboat Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** $45,000 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Bridge & Lock Tenders - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** $51,780 *** -10.00% Transportation Operations 1
Mine Shuttle Car Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** $37,300 *** *** Transportation Operations 2
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation & Material-Moving Machine & Vehicle Operators - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** *** *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Flight Attendants - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** $19,520 *** *** Transportation Operations 3
Locomotive Firers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** *** *** *** Transportation Operations 2
Wellhead Pumpers - Transportation, Distribution and Logistics *** *** *** *** Transportation Operations 2

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Pathways

  • Sales and Service

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Sales and Service pathway involve the marketing and selling of transportation services to new customers as well as the management of existing customer relationships and customer service. Transportation businesses move passengers and freight to meet customer needs and demands. Successful businesses need skilled employees to provide excellent customer service.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Transportation Marketing: Students will develop skills in selling logistics and transportation products and services including third-party logistics. Specifically they will learn strategies for establishing good customer relations; determining customer needs; explaining appropriate products, services and pricing; and assisting the customer in making the decision, closing the sale, and completing the sales transaction.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Health, Safety and Environmental Management

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Health, Safety and Management pathway involve assessing and managing risks associated with safety Environmental and environmental issues. The well-being of people and our environment is more important and challenging today than ever before in history. The people employed in this important pathway research, plan and carry out activities to make our environment safer and cleaner.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation pathway deal with all aspects of the design and operation of our public transportation systems--road, air, sea and rail. These functions are primarily the responsibility of people who are employed by federal, state and local transportation agencies. Many businesses work to assist these agencies in their efforts.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Transportation Services: Students will learn to develop plans for new, improved, or discontinued transportation service including public transportation services. Students will develop skills in monitoring and reporting on the performance of public transportation operations, and they will develop strategies to improve service including routing, scheduling, equipment upgrades, operator training and other items to increase quality and reduce cost.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway include the maintenance, repair, and servicing of vehicles and transportation facilities, as well as the refueling of mobile equipment. All transportation relies on equipment which must function as designed, whenever needed. The people in this pathway keep the equipment and machinery running while looking for more efficient, safe, and cost-effective ways to do so.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Facility and Mobile Equiment Maintenance Systems: Students will identify tools and equipment used in TDL facilities as well as develop and manage maintenance plans and systems to meet business and equipment manufacturer requirements. Other content will include learning to monitor and evaluate the performance of maintenance plans and systems, including compliance with safety and environmental requirements, and monitoring and maintaining information on the availability of parts, materials, supplies and the management of inventory levels.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations

    Pathway Description: Careers in Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations focus on the operation of transportation and distribution facilities including ports, terminals, warehouses, and other types of facilities. All cargo needs to be tracked, sorted, labeled, and loaded accurately and safely. Timing is also important, since many loads must adhere to a schedule in order to satisfy the needs of the customer.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Inventory Control and Management: Students will develop skills in cycle counting, inventory accuracy and measurement, warehouse design and layout, scanning of inventory, RFID and other tracking technology.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Logistics Planning and Management

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Logistics Planning and Management Services pathway involve the planning, management and control of the physical distribution of materials, products, and people. Often, more than one mode of transportation is used as distribution efforts can be complex, even national or global. These people are responsible for the plans which will ensure that cargo arrives at the right location, on time, and in the safest, most economical manner.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Transportation Operations

    Pathway Description: Careers in the Transportation Operations pathway are really on the move! These are the people that drive or pilot the vehicles that transport people and freight. Equally important to this pathway are the support people who ensure that any cargo transport is safe, secure, and on time.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry: Students will be introduced to the broad array of occupations in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster by exploring these careers and examining how they match their personal interests and aptitudes. Students will develop personal career plans, practice leadership and teamwork skills, and complete steps to prepare for employment application, interview and employment. Participation in student activities will reinforce these cluster knowledge and skills. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail, Internet applications and GIS to communicate, search for and access information. Students will develop skills related to word processing, database management and spreadsheet applications.

    Health, Safety and Security in the Transportation Industry: Students will study the major regulatory areas of transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) as well as related government laws and regulations including hazardous materials management. Students will explain how TDL organizations can promote improved health, safety and environmental performance and demonstrate personal commitment to personnel policies and procedures.

    Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Systems: This course focuses on the role and major functions of a TDL organization. Students will learn the major measures used by a TDL organization to manage and improve performance, including cost performance and efficiency; explain the impact of economic, social, and technological changes on a TDL organization; and explain the role of risk management in reducing risk and improving performance. Students will develop skills for managing customer relationships, developing and managing plans and budgets, and developing plans to improve organizational performance.

    Technological Systems: Students will study the role and function of necessary transportation-related technological systems, will learn the importance of measuring and managing the reliability and performance of technological systems, evaluate and select technological systems as well as recommend the best systems in terms of utilization and performance. Students will have hands-on experience using equipment and machines used to control electromechanical devices as well as geographic information systems software. Workplace learning experiences will be included.

    Ethics and Legal Issues: Students will demonstrate awareness of legal responsibilities for different roles and functions within organizations, recognize differences in ethical and legal responsibilities, apply ethical reasoning to different workplace situations, and identify different strategies for responding to unethical or illegal actions of individuals and organizations.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

Programs of Study

The Perkins crosswalk of educational programs of study to occupations identifies a number of programs relevant to this career cluster:

  • 15.0803 Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0000 Mechanics and Repairers, General.
  • 47.0302 Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0600 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, General.
  • 47.0603 Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0604 Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0605 Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0606 Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0607 Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0608 Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0609 Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0610 Bicycle Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0611 Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0612 Vehicle Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0613 Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0614 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0615 Engine Machinist.
  • 47.0616 Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0617 High Performance and Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic.
  • 47.0618 Recreation Vehicle (RV) Service Technician.
  • 47.0699 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other.
  • 47.9999 Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 49.0101 Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General.
  • 49.0102 Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew.
  • 49.0104 Aviation/Airway Management and Operations.
  • 49.0105 Air Traffic Controller.
  • 49.0106 Airline Flight Attendant.
  • 49.0108 Flight Instructor.
  • 49.0199 Air Transportation, Other.
  • 49.0205 Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor.
  • 49.0207 Flagging and Traffic Control.
  • 49.0208 Railroad and Railway Transportation.
  • 49.0299 Ground Transportation, Other.
  • 49.0309 Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer.
  • 49.0399 Marine Transportation, Other.
  • 49.9999 Transportation and Materials Moving, Other.
  • 52.0203 Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • 52.0209 Transportation/Mobility Management.
  • 52.0410 Traffic, Customs, and Transportation Clerk/Technician.