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Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Jobs in transportation, distribution, and logistics are responsible for managing the movement of goods, information, and people. They include air, rail, water, and truck transportation; warehousing and storage; and vehicle repair. As the global economy continues to grow, American imports and exports will also grow; and employment in transportation, distribution, and logistics will increase. Technology is also transforming the industry, as systems are being developed that allow for better tracking of product information to streamline the distribution process. Examples of jobs in this area include truck drivers, auto mechanics, cargo and freight agents, and airline employees. Greater Phoenix has a substantial transportation, distribution, and logistics sector. This is due to the region’s growing population, location near western markets, and presence of major retail distribution centers and large industry employers, such as Knight and Swift Transportation and Sky Harbor International Airport.

For anyone who plans to enter the job market in this field, a strong knowledge base in English, math and science, along with repairing, trouble-shooting, critical thinking, and monitoring skills are a must. High school students should meet with an advisor/guidance counselor to create an appropriate career action plan that may include high school classes in: • • • • •

English Math Physics Transportation Technologies/Automotive

(Sources: O*Net 2012 and Arizona Tech Prep 2011)


Annual Entry-Level Wage Range*

Typical Training Required

Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians $25,860 - $38,900 Postsecondary Vocational Award Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics $21,200 - $28,220

Postsecondary Vocational Award

Logistics Managers $41,570 - $51,980

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2011

Program AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY Air Conditioning Air Conditioning and Electrical Accessories Auto Body Basic Metal Repair Auto Body Basic Metal Repair and Refinishing Auto Body Basic Refinishing Automotive Chassis Automotive Drive Trains Automotive Electrical Systems Automotive Engine Performance Diagnosis and Air Conditioning Automotive Engines and Drive Trains Automotive Performance Technology Automotive Suspension, Steering, and Brakes Automotive Technology Brakes, Alignment, Suspension, and Steering

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Automotive Technology, continued Engine Performance and Diagnosis Transmissions and Power Trains

GateWay, Mesa Mesa

AVIATION AND AERONAUTICS Aircraft Maintenance Technology Aircraft Maintenance Technology (Part 147) Airframe Maintenance (Part 147) Airway Science Technology, Flight Emphasis Flight Technology Powerplant Maintenance (Part 147)

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DISTRIBUTION Distribution Logistics Technician

SouthWest Skill Center


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