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Career Cluster : Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


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.

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Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Pathways

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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