Jobs that pilot, navigate, drive or operate vehicles that transport people, materials or freight to ensure safe and timely carriage. Includes public and cargo transport over air, water, rail and road, operating machinery like cranes, tractors and forklifts, inspecting cargo, air traffic control, driving ambulances among other activities. You can explore Sub Job Families and linked industry, careers and courses from links below.
The Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers directly supervise and coordinate activities of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators and helpers. Responsibilities include enforcing safety rules and regulations, planning equipment allocations and work assignments to meet operations, transportation or production goals and directing workers in transportation or related services. The pathway includes aircraft cargo handling supervisors, and first-line supervisors of helpers, laborers and material movers, material moving machine and vehicle operators, passenger attendants, and supervisors of all other transportation workers.
Material Moving Workers pathway includes workers who lift and move materials. Duties may include operating mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment, dredge, hoists or winches, insustrial tractors or trucks equipped to move materials, steam, gas, electric motor or internal combustion engine driven compressor, power pumps etc to lift, pull, collect, dump and move materials and products. They may also wash and clean machinery, vehicles or other equipments, and feed and remove materials from machines.
The Air Transportation Workers pathway typically includes maintaining, operating, navigating and piloting the flights of fixed wing aircraft on scheduled or non scheduled air carrier routes for cargo and passenger transport, controlling air traffic on and within vicinity of airport as per established policies and procedures, ensuring safe landing and takeoffs of military and commercial aircraft, monitoring safety of the air cabin etc. Professionals in this pathway may require certifications like Commercial Pilot certificate, Federal Air Transport certificate, or rating for specific aircraft type used.
Motor Vehicle Operators use motor vehicles for assigned tasks like driving ambulance or assisting its driver in transporting the sick or injured, driving on established routes to sell or deliver goods, driving a light or heavy vehicle to load and unload materials, driving buses, motor coaches or motor vehicles to transport passengers or students.They typically transport cargo or people from one location to another and charge a fare for their services. They may assist passengers with their baggages and are responsible for basic vehicle maintenance.
Rail Transportation Workers work for passenger railroads which transport freight or people railroads that transport goods. They are typically yardmasters, switch operators, conductors,or locomotive engineers. Their duties include driving diesel-electric, electric, gas-turbine-electric or steam locomotives to transport freight or passengers, switching or other locomotives within industrial plants, railroad yards, quarry etc, operating locomotive instruments, or railroad track switches, and elevated suburban, or subway trains with no seperate electric-powered streetcar, or locomotive, and coordinating activities of switch-engine crew within industrial plant, railroad yard, or similar locations. May also handle fares and watch for obstacles, or dragging equipment on rights-of-way.
Water Transportation Workers maintain and operate vessels that take people and cargo to and from foreign ports across the ocean, to domestic ports along the coasts, and through inland waterways. They may command, coordinate, and supervise operations of water vessels and ships such as ferryboats and tugboats, or activities of crew engaged in maintaining and operating boilers, engines, deck machineries, and sanitary, refrigeration, and electrical equipment abroad ship, look for obstacles in path of vessel, assist in navigation, turn wheel or bridge, measure depth of water or use emergency equipments on direction of pilot, or captain.
The Other Transportation Workers pathway includes a wide range of occupations providing essential support services for the movement of goods and people. These professionals include bridges and canal lock operators, parking, service and passenger attendants, traffic technicians, transportation inspectors etc. Typically, they operate canals locks and lighthouses, assist in vehicle parking, service road, air or water transport vehicles, study traffic patterns and ensure a safe transport of people and goods.