Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
This Career Cluster exposes students to 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 support services such as infrastructure planning and management, logistic services, and the maintenance of mobile equipment and facilities.
Transportation, distribution and logistics is a critical sector of the United States economy. Almost 10 million people are employed in transportation or transportation-related occupations. High-growth industry and career specialties offer high-tech, high-wage opportunities. This industry sector represents over 11 percent of the gross domestic product, and is among the fastest growing of all sectors. There will be a growing number of career opportunities in a variety of professional and technical occupations as well as high paid, entry-level occupations that can provide career advancement opportunities.
2014-15 Programs of Study
Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair courses prepare students for entry into the automotive service industry as an ASE Certified MLR Technician or other maintenance occupation dealing with automotive technologies. Students study and service automotive HVAC systems, engine performance systems, automatic and manual transmission/transaxle systems, and practice workplace soft skills. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be a successful automotive service technician, have satisfied course requirements to meet the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards, and be prepared to pursue further study at a technology center or other postsecondary institution.
The Automotive Collision Repair program of study prepares students for entry into careers as professional service technicians. Content emphasizes customer service skills, proper use of tools and equipment, safety, shop operations, engine fundamentals, damage analysis, cost estimation, painting and refinishing, and structural and non-structural repair in a hands-on environment. Upon completion of this POS, students will be eligible to take the examination for Automotive Student Excellence (ASE) Student Certification in Collision.
- Level 1: Transportation Core
- Level 2: Collision Repair: Non-Structural
- Level 3: Collision Repair: Painting and Refinishing
- Level 4: Collision Repair: Damage Analysis, Estimating and Customer Service -and/or- Collision Repair: Structural
Aviation Flight is a completely redesigned pathway intended to prepare students to be successful in a range of aviation careers, such as pilots, aircraft engineers, air traffic control specialists, aircraft mechanics, or airline statisticians. Course content covers the knowledge and skills of all aspects of flight needed to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot written exam, including aircraft structures, flight environment, procedures and regulations, aerodynamics of flight, judgment training, navigation, communications, and more. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared to take the FAA Private Pilot written exam and will be able to advance more quickly through the training hours typically required to solo in an aircraft after graduating. In addition, a range of postsecondary opportunities are available in this pathway within Tennessee and beyond.
The Aviation Maintenance program of study is designed for students interested in careers in aviation that do not involve piloting, air traffic control, or management and coordination of aviation facilities. In this POS, students learn to build, repair, and maintain aircraft structures and parts for the safe and efficient operation of commercial/private flight services. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared to continue on to advanced training or postsecondary study in the areas of aerospace engineering, mechanics, and manufacturing.
The Distribution & Logistics program of study prepares students for many management and operations careers in the transportation industry. In this POS, students learn about the dynamics of distribution networks, the managing and tracking of inventory, how distribution and logistics operations fit within the supply chain of a product or a business, and the problem-solving skills to design logistics solutions for businesses. Upon completion of this POS, students will have had the opportunity to participate in a work-based learning experience in a transportation, distribution, and logistics-related business, and be prepared for advanced postsecondary study in business, supply chain management, and related fields.
- Level 1: Foundations of Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
- Level 2: Distribution and Logistics I
- Level 3: Distribution and Logistics II
The 2-4 Cycle Engines program of study prepares students for entry-level positions or advanced training in 2 & 4 cycle engines. Course content focuses on 2 & 4 cycle engines used on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), jet skis, outboard motors, garden equipment, and outdoor power equipment and vehicles. Students conduct inspections, tests, and measurements for diagnosis, and learn the procedures and skills to perform needed repairs. Courses are meant to simulate small engine industry operations through the use of training aids and modules and through school-based and work-based learning opportunities. Upon completion of this POS, students will have experienced training for a 2 & 4 cycle engine certification from the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC).
The Diesel Technology program of study offers training in the testing and repairing of diesel engines and related systems. Course content focuses on preventative maintenance and study of the electrical/electronic components of diesel systems, including training in testing equipment such as digital multimeters (DMM) and ammeters. In the capstone course, students learn to perform inspections, tests, and measurements for diagnosis as well as repair. Course content prepares students to continue in postsecondary education for advanced training in diesel service technology, for entry-level employment in diesel engine repair, and to take the ASE written examinations for Heavy Truck Preventive Maintenance, Electrical and Electronics in Medium/Heavy Trucks, and Diesel Engine.