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Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

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
  • Logistician
  • Shipping and receiving supervisor
  • Storage and distribution managers
  • Operations technician
  • Industrial equipment mechanic
  • Electrician
  • 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

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.

Education After High School

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

Student Resources

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
    (360) 725-6245
  • 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:

Additional Resources

  • 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 and trains.)
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union — Has about 42,000 members in California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii
  • 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 technology.
  • Check out county and city government websites, as well. Each has its own governmental structure and employment opportunities in transportation, distribution and logistic.


For Educators

Forms and Standards

+ CIP Codes
    Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Codes assist in tracking, assessment, and reporting CTE courses.

    CIP Codes for this cluster:
  • 470600
  • 470601
  • 470603
  • 470604
  • 470605
  • 470606
  • 470607
  • 470611
  • 470616
  • 470688
  • 470698
  • 478888
  • 490102
  • 490309
  • 498888
  • Comprehensive CIP Code Chart

For more information about this career cluster:
Sarah Patterson
Program Supervisor
Skilled and Technical Sciences

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