Students pursuing classes in the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster will learn about careers and businesses involved in the planning, management and movement of people, materials and products by road, air, rail and water. It also includes related professional and technical services such as infrastructure planning and management, logistics, and maintenance of equipment and facilities.
This career cluster is organized into eight career pathways:
- Facility and mobile equipment maintenance
- Health, safety and environmental management
- Logistics planning and management services
- Sales and services
- Transportation operations
- Transportation systems and infrastructure
- Planning, management and regulation
- Warehousing and distribution center operations
Students in transportation, distribution and logistics learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.
CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:
- Engineer: Aerospace, flight, railway, industrial health and safety, marine
- Transportation manager
- Air traffic controller
- Airline pilot
- Urban or regional planner
- Shipping and receiving supervisor
- Storage and distribution managers
- Operations technician
- Industrial equipment mechanic
- Fleet manager
- Auto or auto body mechanic
- Vehicle and system inspector
- Railroad safety inspector
- Longshore worker
- Ship, tugboat or ferry pilot
- Cargo and freight agent
- Health and safety manager
- Marketing manager
- Sales representative
- Flight attendant
|Note: Each school and school district has different CTE options. Not every district has classes in every cluster, nor does every district offer CTE dual credit and Advanced Placement options.
Career and technical student organizations are much more than clubs. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.
The student organization for transportation, distribution and
logistics is SkillsUSA.
It is fact that young people who have at least one year of post-high school education earn thousands of dollars more a year. So, if you spend even one year at a two- or four-year college, in a certificate program at a technical school, or in an apprenticeship after you graduate from high school, you will very likely earn higher wages all your life. By furthering your education, you will be better-prepared to successfully navigate the world of work.
After taking CTE classes in transportation, distribution and logistics, you could pursue any number of opportunities including:
- On-the-job training as a commercial truck driver or motor pool mechanic
- A two-year college degree in motor fleet safety, vehicle systems, aircraft power technologies, or transportation and power systems
- A four-year college degree in urban design, transportation technologies, transportation engineering, marine science or transportation logistics
Middle and High School
For information about your district’s CTE offerings and how to move forward with planning for your future, contact or visit:
- Preparing for your future: Why CTE?
- Your school career or guidance counselor
- Your principal or school district Career and Technical Education office
- Career and Technical Education - Washington
- Navigation 101: A life skills and planning program for students in grades 6 through 12 to help them make clear, creative plans for their education and training in high school and beyond
Apprenticeship and College
More than 1,000 jobs in Washington are connected to an active, registered apprenticeship program. For more information about apprenticeships and colleges, visit:
- CTE Warehousing — No, the CTE does not stand for Career and
Technical Education, though it did catch our eye! It stands for
Commitment to Excellence. A good example of what a thoroughly
integrated warehousing business looks like.
- Teamsters — Union representing workers in many occupations,
with considerable representation among workers in
transportation, distribution and logistics. For example,
Teamsters represent workers in car hauling, warehousing, and air
and surface package and freight delivery (trucks, tankers, ships
- International Longshore and Warehouse Union — Has about
42,000 members in California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and
- Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics Studies –
University of Washington
- Boeing — The world's leading aerospace company, the largest
manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft
combined, and one of the nation’s largest exporters
- Washington State Department of Transportation
- Sound Transit — Operates express buses, commuter rail and
light rail in the Puget Sound region, carrying nearly 14 million
riders a year
- Washington State Ferries — Largest ferry system in the
United States, operating 28 ferries among 20 ports of call in
the Puget Sound. Employs 1,800 people and carries more than 26
million commuters, commercial users and tourists per year.
- National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence — Tests
and certifies repair and service professionals
- Automotive Youth Education Systems
— A partnership among participating automotive manufacturers,
dealers and select high schools. Prepares young people for careers
in retail automotive service and advanced studies in automotive
- Check out county and city government websites, as well. Each has
its own governmental structure and employment opportunities in
transportation, distribution and logistic.