Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

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Industry Overview

The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics cluster is for those who like the idea of making sure people and products are moved safely and effectively from point A to point B. This career cluster includes careers that operate, maintain, and organize the transport of pretty much everything that you can imagine. The cluster includes careers in every step of that process, from mechanics who make sure trucks or airplanes are prepared to operate safely to those who work in the warehouses who load freight and/or people into these vehicles. Many of the careers in this cluster may require the completion of a two-year college program.

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Air Traffic Controller

Career Overview

Air traffic controllers use specialized equipment to monitor and stay in contact with airplanes so they maintain safe distances from each other.

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$50,000 /yr
$100,000 /yr
$160,000 /yr

Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisor

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Aircraft cargo handling supervisors monitor every aspect of the cargo placed on an airplane. Their job is to make sure that an appropriate amount of cargo is packed safely on a plane.

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$29,000 /yr
$47,000 /yr
$75,000 /yr

Aircraft Engine Specialist (Mechanic)

Career Overview

Aircraft mechanics diagnose and repair problems in an aircraft. They may also be involved in the refurbishing of older planes. Make sure to use the search box to find videos make by Ricky, Lucas, Aaron, and Scott!

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Aircraft Maintenance Lead Technician - Scott

Career Overview

A lead technician oversees a team of mechanics who work on airplanes.

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Airline pilot

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Commercial pilots navigate and fly airplanes that transport people around the world. Use the search box to find the video made by Matt!

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$65,000 /yr
$127,000 /yr
$208,000 /yr

Airport Screener

Career Overview

A person at an airport who uses specialized machinery to see if passengers are carrying anything that could be dangerous.

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$20,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr

Automotive Body Technician - Leslie

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An automotive body technician repairs the body of cars that have been damaged.

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$24,000 /yr
$41,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr

Automotive Service Technician (Mechanics)

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Automotive technicians use various diagnostic equipment to inspect, repair, and maintain cars and trucks. Make sure to use the search box to find Jeremy and Jimmy's videos!

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$21,000 /yr
$38,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Automotive Service Technician - Jimmy

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Automotive technicians use various diagnostic equipment to inspect, repair, and maintain cars and trucks.

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$21,000 /yr
$38,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Automotive Technician - Jeremy

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Automotive technicians use various diagnostic equipment to inspect, repair, and maintain cars and trucks.

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$21,000 /yr
$38,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Aviation Mechanic - Lucas

Career Overview

Aircraft mechanics diagnose and repair problems in an aircraft. They may also be involved in the refurbishing of older planes.

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Aviation Mechanic - Ricky

Career Overview

Aircraft mechanics diagnose and repair problems in an aircraft. They may also be involved in the refurbishing of older planes.

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Avionics Technician Lead - Aaron

Career Overview

Aircraft mechanics diagnose and repair problems in an aircraft. They may also be involved in the refurbishing of older planes.

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Boat Captain

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The captain of a ship is responsible for every aspect of a ship's voyage - determining the course and speed of the ship, supervising the crew members on the ship, and making sure the ship's maintenance is up to date. Make sure to use the search box to find Ben's video!

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$34,000 /yr
$72,000 /yr
$134,000 /yr

Boat Captain (Resort) - Ben

Career Overview

The boat captain in this video, Ben, works at a resort. His job is to take tourists out on the boat on dolphin and sunset cruises. In addition, he has to keep the boat clean and maintained. Because this work is so specialized, the salary figures are only general estimates.

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$26,000 /yr
$54,000 /yr
$100,000 /yr

Flight Attendant - Catherine

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Flight attendants assist passengers on a plane by demonstrating the use of safety equipment, serving snacks during the flight, and providing direction during emergency situations.

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$24,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Interiors Mechanic (Aviation) - Dell

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Aircraft mechanics diagnose and repair problems in an aircraft. They may also be involved in the refurbishing of older planes. Dell, the interiors mechanic featured in the video, works on the interior of an airplane.

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Locomotive Engineer and Railroad Conductor

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Locomotive engineers drive passenger and freight trains, while conductors manage the activities of the crew and passengers on the train. Conductors may take payments or tickets from passengers and assist them when they have any difficulties. They may also oversee the loading and unloading of cargo.

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$40,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Pilot (Commercial) - Matt

Career Overview

Commercial pilots navigate and fly airplanes that transport people around the world.

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$65,000 /yr
$127,000 /yr
$208,000 /yr

Quality Control Inspector (Aviation) - Edwin

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A quality control inspector in aviation is responsible for monitoring the quality of the work completed by aviation mechanics.

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Quality Manager (Aviation) - Jason

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A quality manager in aviation is responsible for monitoring the quality of the aviation parts that are repaired to make sure they are safe for use. Jason, as seen in the video, manages the various aviation inspectors.

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$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

RV Technician - Robbie

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A recreational vehicle technician diagnoses and repairs problems in recreational vehicles including repairing flooring and electrical systems, installing entertainment centers, or repairing furniture.

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$23,000 /yr
$36,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr

Sheet Metal Mechanic - Cyrus

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A sheet metal mechanic who works in aviation deals with all of the sheet metal found on the plane. This may involve removing the metal, bending it, cutting it, and reinstalling it. They can also work in various fabricating plants, factories and construction .. ,

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$26,000 /yr
$46,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr

Shipfitter - David

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A shipfitter basically puts metal components where they need to be in order to build a ship. They cut and weld metal pieces together in order to build the structure of the ship.

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$33,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$72,000 /yr

Structures Engineer (Aviation) - Kevin

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Aerospace engineers design and develop aerospace vehicles, systems, and their components. In addition, they may be involved in the installation, operation, and evaluation of these systems. These engineers often utilize computer-based modeling and simulation tools.

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$49,000 /yr
$72,000 /yr
$114,000 /yr

Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver

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Tractor-trailer truck drivers move goods and materials long distances using heavy trucks.

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$27,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr