Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

The Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster uses your knowledge of mechanics, mathematics and design to work in careers you plan, manage and move everything from people to company products through a range of transportation services.  In this field, you are involved in the logistics of all modes of transportation from road to rail to air to water.

As people continue to rely on automobiles, more automotive service technicians will be needed to perform maintenance on vehicles. Many employers in the automotive field have a difficult time finding qualified technicians, so applicants with training or certifications should have better job prospects. The employment of airline and commercial pilots is expected to grow. Regional airlines and nonscheduled aviation services will provide the most job opportunities. Pilots seeking employment with major airlines will face strong competition and may require additional education and training.

Middle School Courses

No Courses at this time

High School Courses

  1. Auto Body Repair I & II: #8676, #8677 (ACE)
  2. Automotive Technology I & II: #8506, #8507 (ACE)
  3. Diesel Technologies I & II: #8613, #8614 (ACE)
  4. Welding: #8572(ACE)

Do You Like To…

  • Problem solve?
  • Work with your hands?
  • Plan or schedule?
  • Pay attention to detail?
  • Drive vehicles or fix them?

Sample Careers

  • Automotive Body Repairers
  • Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
  • Watercraft Service Attendants
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • Billing and Posting Clerks
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • Motorboat Mechanics
  • Motorcycle Mechanics
  • Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians
  • Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
  • Logisticians
  • Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
  • Delivery Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers
  • Airline and Commercial Pilots

High school certifications, licenses and related college majors:

High School/Industry CertificationsCertificate/LicenseCollege Degree Examples
Mechanical & ElectricalLogistics
Non Structural Analysis &
Damage Repair
Automotive Engineer
Painting and RefinishingManagement
BrakesRisk Management
Diesel Engines
Electrical/Electronic Systems
Suspension and Steering
Automatic
Transmission/Transaxle
Automotive Service Technology
Engine Performance
Engine Repair
Heating & Air Conditioning
Maintenance & Light Repair
Manual Drive Train & Axles
All CTE trade and industry classes offer the Workplace Readiness Skills Test

In Demand Careers

Education NeededOccupationMedian SalaryJob Growth Over the next 10 yearsJob Openings Projected over next 10 years
High School Diploma + CertificationDiesel Service Technicians and Mechanics$48,500 per year3% (As fast as average)9,600
High School Diploma + Certification Delivery Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers$32,020 per year5% (Faster than average)75,000
High School Diploma + Certification Small Engine Mechanics$37,840 per year6% (As fast as average)4,900
High School Diploma + Certification Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians$64,310 per year5% (Faster than average)7,300
Bachelor’s
Degree or more
Airline and Commercial Pilots$121,430 per year5% (Faster than average)6,100

Student Leadership Organizations
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

Work-Based Learning
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is comprised of experiences related to students’ career interests, based on instructional preparation, and undertaken in partnership with local businesses or organizations. WBL enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world work environment. Work-Based Learning promotes Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Preparation.

Career Ambassadors
The Career Ambassador Program offers high school seniors an opportunity to represent and share their experiences with career exploration and our CTE programs to prospective students and community supporters through elementary school Career Fairs, middle school Career Clubs, and district-wide events.