Intro to Careers in Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

This course is intended to introduce students to the complicated world of commercial transportation. This area of commerce isbecoming increasingly complex and sophisticated, with work and career openings available at all levels of education. Most people, however, see only fragments of the big picture. Transportation is among the most crucial and defining elements of modern commerce. The ability to move people and goods from place to place requires vast investments of technology, and of manpower. Without that investment, almost all aspects of modern life would grind to a halt.

  • Transportation Overview: Students will undertake an overview of the fields of transportation, distribution, and logistics, learning the differences between the fields and the primary services provided in each. The modes of travel and areas of, shipping and warehousing are also discussed. The basic structure of the regulatory structure is examined, outlining the role of regulation in managing these fields and discussing local, state, national and international regulatory issues.
  • Distribution and Warehousing: Students will learn how warehousing, inventory, and other associated businesses impact the economy. Transportation-related businesses and the ways they shape and define all other aspects of business, both domestic and international, are also discussed. Students will also explore the role of automation in the management of these fields, and considered both the advantages and disadvantages of automation on employment.
  • Transportation Systems, Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation: Students will learn about the history of transportation, considering developments in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Special attention is given to the developments of the past three hundred years, including the invention and advancement of motorized transportation.
  • Logistics and Logistics Services: Students will examine the fields that serve to support and manage transportation systems, expediting the efficient and effective flow of goods and people. The role of logistics, planning, warehousing, and inventory management in transportation fields is also discussed.
  • Future Trends in Transportation, Distribution & Logistics: This unit outlines the role of technology and technological development on transportation-related businesses. Attention is given to developing technologies, such as self-driving vehicles, drones, and robots. Technologies beyond the GPS, the practical limits of self-driving machines in all areas of transportation, and the effect of these machines on shipping and transportation careers are also discussed.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Course Length: Semester