Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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Do you like to travel?
Are you good at organizing time and information?
Are you able to imagine how things would fit together?
Are you self-motivated to do a good job?


What it takes:

  • Attention to detail.
  • Good spacial reference.
  • Ability to problem solve and negotiate.
  • Ability to work with customers at all levels.
  • High level of organization.


Look around you...

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics covers a lot of ground, literally! Everything we use will, at some point, need to be transported either by roadway, railway, airway or waterway. This cluster covers all of these methods and the men and women who support these systems. Careers in Transportation, Distribution & Logistics, also include all branches of the military.

The men and women who work in Transportation, Distribution & Logistics make sure people, products and raw materials get to the right destination at the right time. After successfully completing high school, some students enter directly into the workforce as Title Clerks or Pickers & Packers. Some positions, like Bridge & Lock Tender, Maintenance Equipment Operator or Railroad Conductor, do not require additional formal education, but do require moderate on-the-job-training. Air Traffic Controllers require extensive, long- term on-the-job-training. Other professions, such as Aerospace Engineering & Operations Technician, require an associate’s degree. Professions such as Pilots and Logisticians require bachelor’s degrees.


Career Spotlight

Diesel Mechanic

Diesel Mechanics work on buses, trucks, heavy equipment, trains, boats and anything else powered with a diesel engine. They are known for their hard work and deep knowledge of how to inspect, repair and overhaul essential equipment and vehicles.

If you enjoy tinkering with repair projects, have a mechanical aptitude and like using a variety of tools, Diesel Mechanic may be the profession for you! Diesel Mechanics need to be able to use pneumatic tools, welding and cutting equipment and hand tools. They also need expert knowledge on brake systems, transmissions and electronic components and computer processors specific to diesel powered vehicles. After successfully completing high school, it is possible to enter directly into a work situation as a Diesel Mechanic because much training is done on-the- job. However, having postsecondary training either from a technical school or community college can be extremely beneficial to you and your future employer. Industry certification is not necessary, but also beneficial by setting those with certifications apart from other mechanics and potentially offering more pay.

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Careers in Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineering & Operations Technician
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Auto Body Technician
  • Automotive Mechanic
  • Bridge & Lock Tender
  • Cargo & Freight Agent
  • Customs Inspector
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Fleet Manager
  • Flight Attendant
  • Flight Engineer
  • Forklift Operator
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Highway Construction Worker
  • Highway Maintenance Worker
  • Infrastructure Planner
  • Land Surveyor
  • Logistician
  • Locomotive Engineer
  • Maintenance Equipment Operator
  • Office Personnel
  • Paving, Surfacing & Tamping Equipment Operator
  • Picker & Packer
  • Pilot
  • Rail Yard Engineer
  • Railroad Conductor
  • Service Manager
  • Ship Captain
  • Shipping & Receiving Clerk
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Title Clerk
  • Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • Traffic Technician
  • Warehouse Supervisor
  • Yardmaster