TDL Pathways

The Transportation Distribution and Logistics (TDL) Career Cluster is designed as a structure for organizing and delivering quality educational programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. It is one of 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework. The TDL cluster represents 7 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career. As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, the TDL Career Cluster and its pathways function as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps students discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career. The TDL cluster focuses on the planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance. Listed below are the 7 Career Pathways identified in the TDL Career Cluster. Please use and share this information with your students as they explore career paths in the TDL Career Cluster.

Transportation Operations Pathway: These are the people that drive or pilot the vehicles that transport people and freight. Equally important to this pathway are the support people who ensure that any cargo transport is safe, secure, and on time.

Logistics Planning and Management Services Pathway: This pathway involves the planning, management and control of the physical distribution of materials, products, and people. Often, more than one mode of transportation is used as distribution efforts can be complex, even national or global. These people are responsible for the plans which will ensure that cargo arrives at the right location, on time, and in the safest, most economical manner.

Warehousing and Distribution Center: The focus is on the operation of transportation and distribution facilities including ports, terminals, warehouses, and other types of facilities. All cargo needs to be tracked, sorted, labeled, and loaded accurately and safely. Timing is also important, since many loads must adhere to a schedule in order to satisfy the needs of the customers.

Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance: This pathway includes the maintenance, repair, and servicing of vehicles and transportation facilities, as well as the refueling of mobile equipment. All transportation relies on equipment which must function as designed, whenever needed. The people in this pathway keep the equipment and machinery running while looking for more efficient, safe, and cost-effective ways to do so.

Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation Pathway: Careers in this pathway deal with all aspects of the design and operation of our public transportation systems – road, air, sea and rail. These functions are primarily the responsibility of people who are employed by federal, state and local transportation agencies. Many businesses work to assist these agencies in their efforts.

Health, Safety and Environmental Management Pathway: Careers in this arena involve assessing and managing risks associated with safety and environmental issues. The well-being of people and our environment is more important and challenging today than ever before in history. The people employed in this important pathway research, plan and carry out activities to make our environment safer and cleaner.

Sales and Service Pathway: Careers in in this field involve the marketing and selling of transportation services to new customers as well as the management of existing customers. It includes selling of transportation services to new customers as well as the management of existing customer relationships and customer service. Transportation businesses move passengers and freight to meet customer needs and demands. Successful businesses need skilled employees to provide excellent customer service.