Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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+ Able Seamen Job Description
Whether on inland waterways or on the high seas, able seamen or "deckhands" play an important role in the commercial shipping industry or merchant marines. When in port, they rig cargo booms and tend other machines used to load and unload a ship. When under way, they may stand watch, steer the ship, inspect, maintain, and operate life boats, anchors, cargo-handling machines, and other deck equipment view more

+ Air Traffic Controllers Job Description
At first it looks like a video game…but this is very much for real. Each number on the screen represents an aircraft…and the passengers’ lives depend on your careful, swift, decisive, constant instruction. Most Air traffic controllers are employed and trained by the federal government. The pay and benefits are excellent, but the stress is high. Whether you work in an airport control tower to make sure planes stay a safe distance apart on the ground, taking off and landing… a Terminal Area Control Facility or an enroute control center monitoring travel through invisible highways in the sky, you must speak clearly, work in a team, and be constantly on the alert view more

+ Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors Job Description
When we think of air travel, we tend to think of people on the go. But there are plenty of other things that travel by plane. In fact, there are entire fleets of aircraft dedicated only to cargo operations. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors are responsible for making sure cargo is properly loaded and transported safely. They need to be experts in calculating the maximum amount of cargo the plane can carry view more

+ Aircraft Engine Specialists Job Description
The lives and safety of everyone who flies are in the hands of aircraft mechanics. That’s because it is the aircraft mechanic’s job to keep every airplane and helicopter in peak operating condition. Equally important, each mechanic must be on the lookout for excessive wear, metal fatigue, and other conditions that may cause problems in the future. Mechanics work on every kind of aircraft. But specialization in areas like the airframe, the engines and power plants, or electronics and avionics instruments is common view more

+ Airframe-and-Power-Plant Mechanics Job Description
The lives and safety of everyone who flies are in the hands of aircraft mechanics. That’s because it is the aircraft mechanic’s job to keep every airplane and helicopter in peak operating condition. Equally important, each mechanic must be on the lookout for faulty instruments, metal fatigue, and other conditions that may cause problems in the future. Mechanics work on one or many of aircraft view more

+ Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Aircraft pilots fly airplanes and helicopters to do everything from crop dusting to intercontinental travel to traffic reports for radio stations. Flight engineers assist the cockpit crew in some larger airplanes by monitoring and operating many of the instruments and systems, but computers are rapidly eliminating this position. Generally, jet pilots earn more than pilots of propeller-driven planes do view more

+ Ambulette Drivers and Attendants, Except EMT
This is a job that often requires speed, but always combined with the utmost care. Ambulette drivers and attendants drive vehicles and assist in transporting sick or injured people. Many of these jobs do not come with flashing lights and sirens, however. Often people who are getting over procedures, or need help getting to and from medical care, are also taken care of by ambulette drivers and attendants view more

+ Automotive Body and Related Repairers Job Description
Automotive body repairers are modern-day magicians. They have the power to restore a wrecked car so completely that it looks and operates like new. Sometimes, bent frames must be straightened using powerful machines. Hoods, fenders, and other body panels are then removed and repaired using hammers, anvils, and other special tools. When a dent cannot be pounded out, body repairers may use patching compound that can be filed and smoothed to match the rest of the panel view more

+ Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers Job Description
When you need the services of Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers—the need is usually urgent. Whether due to theft or an accident, a broken car window renders an important part of someone’s life vulnerable to rain, snow, cold and criminal intent. The ability to fix this problem quickly and efficiently is a specialized skill in the field of auto repair. Glass installers carefully remove broken, cracked or pitted windshields and window glass view more

+ Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics Job Description
Like nearly every other professional today, automotive technicians need to be comfortable with computer-based equipment. Today's cars are more computerized than ever. But it will be a long time before a computer can listen to an engine or an exhaust system and know instantly what adjustments need to be made to which components. Yet that's precisely the kind of thing an experienced and skilled technician can do view more

+ Aviation Inspectors Job Description
When you board an aircraft, it’s good to know that aviation inspectors have been on the job. They ensure that all United States registered aircraft meet federal safety regulations. One way this is done is by careful and extensive inspection of the aircraft. Aviation inspectors must also examine flight and repair records. Only aircraft that have a valid airworthy, certificate issued by the FAA, can fly view more

+ Avionics Technicians Job Description
Avionics technicians keep airplanes in the sky. They repair and maintain components used for aircraft navigation, radio communications, flight control, weather radar systems and engine operation. They also work on computerized instruments that run the aircraft. They may have to analyze and develop solutions to complex electronic problems. This is one of the highest paid technical professions, and it’s easy to see why view more

+ Bridge and Lock Tenders Job Description
53-6011.00 Bridge and Lock Tenders- 198 Bridge and lock tenders help commercial and pleasure boats navigate inland waterways. Many boats are too tall to pass underneath certain bridges. It’s the bridge tender’s responsibility to go through the procedures and operate the machinery needed to safely open the bridge. This involves stopping traffic on the land, as well. Once the boat has passed through, the tender closes the bridge, making sure to correctly lock it back in place view more

+ Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
The diesel engine is the workhorse powering most heavy vehicles and equipment today, because it is more durable and delivers more power than its gasoline counterpart. Diesel engine mechanics maintain, repair and rebuild diesel engines and the vehicles they power. Some mechanics work on equipment ranging from bulldozers to farm tractors, while others work on locomotives and even boats. With the increasing number of electronic parts used to operate the engine, mechanics now use handheld diagnostic computers and other specialized test equipment to determine the necessary repairs view more

+ Bus Drivers, School Job Description
A friendly person in many young children’s lives is the School Bus driver. These individuals are responsible for safely transporting children to and from school every day. Students are picked up and dropped off at designated locations on a set route and schedule. School bus drivers are trained to operate their vehicles safely and maintain a safe atmosphere on the bus. Drivers must be especially careful when children get on or exit the bus view more

+ Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity Job Description
Whether cross-town or cross-country, bus drivers are people movers. Inter-city bus drivers operate vehicles that go between regions or states, transit bus drivers operate busses in large metropolitan and suburban areas, and motor coach drivers take people on charter excursions or tours that may last several days. Some drivers are responsible for collecting fares and issuing transfers. Bus drivers are expected to keep to fixed routes and schedules view more

+ Captains and Mates on Water Vessels Job Description
Seafaring is not just a career…it’s a lifestyle. Captains and mates spend months at a time on vessels of all sizes…on inland lakes and rivers, as well as the open sea. Captains and mates are the senior officers of the ship. Earning one of these positions usually comes after years on board, demonstrating competence and working your way up through the ranks. The captain is responsible for every aspect of the voyage view more

+ Cargo and Freight Agents Job Description
Businesses need orders filled and shipments moved as quickly as possible. Cargo and freight agents are the people who help make that happen. Whatever the size, route or nature of the shipment, these agents handle the details of getting cargo from place of origination…to destination swiftly and efficiently. Cargo and freight agents take orders from customers and arrange getting the freight to the loading platform view more

+ Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment Job Description
A job as vehicle washer is not hard to get, so long as you meet some physical requirements. You have to be strong. You have to be willing to work hard for long hours—and low pay. You have to be able to lift and carry heavy objects, to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl in awkward positions. You might need to wear safety clothing to protect yourself from chemicals. But what you’ll get at the end of the line, in addition to a clean vehicle, or piece of equipment, is experience and a record of on the job performance view more

+ Commercial Divers Job Description
We usually don’t see them, but below the surface of oceans, lakes and rivers, Commercial Divers are doing a lot of important work. Divers are used to inspect and patch the hulls of ships. They’re specially trained in how to attach cables to sunken objects so they can be hoisted to the surface without damage. Divers help install pilings for construction projects…check underwater pipes and cables for breaks…and they maintain underwater machinery such as pumps view more

+ Couriers and Messengers Job Description
Some call them messengers, some call them couriers. What they do is pick up and deliver letters, important business documents or packages. Even in an electronic age, the physical act of delivering something important is essential. A messenger is called when the item has to be delivered quickly or when it’s so important that it has to be hand-carried to its destination. Usually messengers deliver things locally—either within a building when they work for a large company, or across town in a metropolitan area view more

+ Crane and Tower Operators Job Description
For passers-by, it seems amazing that any one person can handle the crane towering over a construction site. It appears to have a life of its own—a gigantic creature bending, turning, and lifting materials, machinery, or other heavy objects. But someone is very much in control: crane and tower operators are highly trained construction professionals who have reached the height of the equipment operation ladder…literally! Material-moving equipment operators are classified by the type of equipment they operate, and nothing is more complex or important than the cranes and towers that make big building projects possible view more

+ Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
Dispatchers are often at the hub of communication -at a taxicab or bus company, as a tow truck dispatcher, or even at a gas and water service company. A dispatcher plays a key role in relaying important information in a timely fashion. Typically, a dispatcher is responsible for all communications within a certain area and is required to keep records, logs and schedules of the calls they receive, the vehicles they monitor and the response to each call view more

+ Gas Plant Operators Job Description
Gas is a product of nature. But it takes a lot of technology to extract gas from nature, and to distribute it for use in industry and homes. Gas Plant Operators are responsible for performing these tasks safely and efficiently. For example, they’re in charge of complex equipment that extracts nitrogen and oxygen from the air. Or they might be in a plant that liquefies, compresses, or re-gasifies natural gas view more

+ Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators Job Description
Industrial truck and tractor operators are responsible for the movement of manufactured goods, grain, coal, construction materials, or other heavy items, around a factory or on and off ships. Operators must have the ability to judge distance, a good sense of balance, and good eye-hand-foot coordination to operate such equipment. Their primary responsibilities are to protect the materials they carry, to ensure that the goods arrive at the proper destination, and to adhere to strict safety practices so they avoid roll-overs and collisions view more

+ Locomotive Engineers and Railroad Conductors Job Description
Commuter trains gliding between stations…subways running under city streets…freight trains chugging across the heartland…every kind of train needs a steady, experienced hand at the throttle…and on the brakes. Locomotive engineers are railroaders who have reached a cherished goal. Usually they have been chosen by the rail company from the ranks of experienced operations employees. After long hours of training, in the yard, in classrooms, and on simulators, a newly licensed engineer becomes an assistant engineer, moving on to handling trains in the railyard…and from there to longer runs view more

+ Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Job Description
When it comes to fixing our cars, we go to an automobile mechanic. But there are many other types of mechanics. Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics service industrial equipment used in construction, logging and mining. Service technicians employed by the Federal Government may work on tanks and other armored equipment. From towering cranes…to giant drills deep underground, mechanics keep equipment running properly and safely view more

+ Motor Vehicle Inspectors Job Description
Whether the motor vehicle has 18 wheels… Or it’s the family car… The government requires it be inspected for safety and/or emissions on a regular basis. Proof of passing that inspection is displayed—and if it’s out of date, the operator of the vehicle faces a fine. Motor Vehicle Inspectors examine cars and trucks, accessories, air lines and electric circuits and report on what repairs are needed view more

+ Motorboat Mechanics Job Description
If tinkering with mechanical devices and being near the water are what floats your boat, consider a career as a motorboat mechanic. These marina service technicians repair and overhaul gasoline and diesel engines, often specializing in one type or the other. Mechanics rely on a variety of skills, whether performing routine service on a portable outboard motor in a repair shop, or trouble-shooting a larger craft's inboard engine dockside view more

+ Motorcycle Mechanics Job Description
For many people, motorcycles are not just machines; they are symbols of excitement and freedom. As aging baby boomers find themselves with increased leisure time and spending money, more and more are swelling the ranks of motorcycle enthusiasts. That means more work for motorcycle mechanics. You can get mechanical training in career school or on the job. Some manufacturers offer training to mechanics in their dealerships view more

+ Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers Job Description
An oil refinery is a type of factory where crude oil is broken down into various components, and then recombined into new products…such as gasoline and jet fuel. A team of refinery technicians oversees this process. Refinery operators direct and control the continuous processes in petroleum refining. They're alert to any glitches in the system that might require immediate repairs to avoid damage to the quality and quantity of the product view more

+ Pilots on Water Vessels Job Description
Imagine driving a vehicle longer than 3 football fields. Then imagine trying to parallel park it. Pilots of water vessels meet that kind of challenge everyday, guiding enormous commercial ships and tankers safely from sea, to busy port, and back again. Unlike the captain and crew, who travel with their ship, the pilot is usually stationed at the port. When a ship needs to enter…or leave…the harbor, the pilot is sent aboard to safely navigate it through the local waterways view more

+ Pilots, Ship Job Description
Imagine driving a vehicle longer than 3 football fields. Then imagine trying to parallel park it. Pilots of water vessels meet that kind of challenge everyday, guiding enormous commercial ships and tankers safely from sea, to busy port, and back again. Unlike the captain and crew, who travel with their ship, the pilot is usually stationed at the port. When a ship needs to enter…or leave…the harbor, the pilot is sent aboard to safely navigate it through the local waterways view more

+ Power Plant Operators Job Description
We're so used to a reliable supply of electricity for our everyday needs, that it can come as a shock when it's suddenly not there. Power plant operators keep us plugged in. These workers control the machinery that generates electricity. They monitor the function of key power plant equipment, such as boilers, turbines and generators. They direct the output of the system to meet constantly changing demands for power view more

+ Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
No matter how sophisticated modern rail travel can be…the trains still run on rails. So there are still jobs for rail track layers, just as there were in the early days when the railroads opened up America’s west. They go wherever on the system they’re needed, from the rail yard…to an underground tunnel down the line. The rails may also be in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits and mines view more

+ Railroad Yardmasters Job Description
Yardmasters are the traffic cops of the railroad yard. It’s their business to know everything that’s going and coming—and to make sure operations run smoothly. Working for a railroad, or an industrial plant, the yardmaster examines train schedules and switching orders. Then he or she gives instructions for when and where trains are assembled, or turned around. Situations may develop that call for decisive action and a solid understanding of rolling equipment—and the cargo, as well as thorough knowledge of switching, signals, and everything else associated with railroad safety and efficiency view more

+ Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors Job Description
Refuse and recyclable materials collectors gather trash, garbage, and newspapers, aluminum cans, bottles, and other recyclable materials from homes and businesses along regularly scheduled routes. They lift and empty garbage cans into trucks or operate a hydraulic lift truck that picks up and empties dumpsters. The job is usually dusty, dirty, and smelly — but always essential! And that's just the point view more

+ Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents Job Description
If you’re going on a trip – it’s good to have a plan. So you’ll need the assistance of Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents. These are people who provide advice and information, make reservations, and sell or process tickets for travelers. Some transportation agents work directly with customers at airports, as well as at train or bus stations. Or they may work in large rooms called reservation centers view more

+ Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas Job Description
The world runs on oil and gas. Some of the people who help access these vital natural resources are the rotary drill operators. They have the unique expertise to reach the vast fields of oil and gas hidden far underground, whether beneath a sun-baked desert…or a stormy sea. Guided by scientists' field maps, the drillers install a derrick at the site to support the drilling equipment and to stabilize the drill rig view more

+ Ship and Boat Captains Job Description
Water transportation has been an important part of civilization since ancient times. Today’s vessels can be ultra-modern and high tech, but whether on an excursion boat on a river, or an oil tanker in the open sea, the captain is absolutely in charge. The captain, or master, is in command of other officers and crew, responsible for the course and speed, for safety procedures, engine, equipment, and ships “logs” that record movement of cargo and passengers view more

+ Stevedores, Except Equipment Operators Job Description
Longshoremen are the brawny backbone of the shipping industry, moving heavy loads on and off of ships. Increasingly, cargo arrives in the United States in containers—and longshoremen rely on equipment to do the heavy lifting. A “hustler driver” loads the container onto a cart, and takes it to a crane operator, who lifts the container under the direction of the “hatch boss” on the ship. Some of this work takes a lot of physical strength and endurance view more

+ Subway and Streetcar Operators Job Description
Everyday, millions of riders use subways and streetcars, depending on them to run safely and on-time. The people who help make that happen are Subway and Streetcar Operators. Whether in underground tunnels…on elevated tracks…or the street itself, these conveyances are expected to follow a predetermined schedule. With subways, functions like speed and station stops are increasingly controlled by computer view more

+ Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs Job Description
Being a taxi driver or chauffer is a way to make money in between or in addition to other jobs. Some people make a career of it. In most big cities taxis and hired cars and drivers transport tourists, business people, the elderly and people who otherwise can’t or don’t drive themselves or take public transportation. So there is always a need for drivers. But it can be stressful, physically and mentally view more

+ Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Job Description
Drivers of Tractor-Trailer Trucks are people who really deliver. Just about everything we use…from cars to food to furniture…comes to us on big rigs. Before the drivers leave the terminal or warehouse, they will get details about their assignments, called manifests. Then the drivers will load up and make sure their rigs are ready for the road. They’ll check fuel and oil levels, as well as brakes, windshield wipers and lights view more

+ Traffic Technician Job Description
There’s a lot more to traffic than “stop” and “go.” To keep motorists moving, Traffic Technicians perform many complex tasks. They might set the length of time a light stays “red…” Count the number of trucks using a particular bridge… Make sure a road crew is protected and well marked… Or analyze accident reports to determine if a highway interchange is too dangerous… Those are just a few examples, of the work that goes into enhancing safety and the smooth flow of traffic view more

+ Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants and Bagg
America is a nation on the move. But traveling can be stressful and confusing. That’s where Transportation Attendants come in. They help people have a safe and comfortable journey. These attendants can usually be found at a station or terminal…or on board ships and trains. They greet passengers and direct them to the proper boarding area…or even escort them to their seats or cabins. Attendants are often responsible for handling tickets and recording the number of people boarding and leaving view more

+ Transportation Distribution and Logistics Job Description
Imagine how someone from the 1800’s would react to the busy world we live in. Everyone and everything seems to be in motion. That means there are all kinds of jobs handling logistics, transportation and distribution services. On the water, in the air, over roads and across the fields, people work at operating aircraft and vehicles. To keep them moving, people work in dispatch centers, hangars and garages view more

+ Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Job Description
A heavy truck is a straight truck weighing more than four tons. Most have ten wheels, and all have massive engines. Because they are highly customizable, the same basic model can be equipped to serve as a concrete mixer, an airline fuel tanker, a refuse and recycling truck, or even a fire engine. It takes skill, experience, and a special touch to control the momentum of a four-ton truck carrying three tons of material, once it gets up to speed view more