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Students are prepared for employment in various transportation industries.


The Transportation Industry plays a crucial role in our society because transporting goods and people is central to everything America does. As the transportation industry sector continues to expand significantly, it will provide employment opportunities for years to come in a vast range of transportation-related occupations. It will also continue to adapt to changing technology and repair techniques as vehicle components and systems become increasingly sophisticated. Examples include developments in rocket technology, super-capacity jet airplanes, hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell technology affecting automobiles, and diesel trucks that run on bio-diesel or other alternative fuels. This industry also plays an important part in education through financial and in-kind support for training and educating the current and future workforce.

The Transportation Industry sector features three career pathways that provide opportunities from entry-level jobs requiring high school diplomas to progressive careers requiring advanced degrees. These pathways emphasize real-world, occupationally relevant experiences of significant scope and depth in Aviation and Aerospace Transportation Services, which includes maintaining aircraft, operating airports, and designing and flying various types of aircraft; Collision Repair and Refinishing, which includes painting, repairing, and refinishing vehicles; and Vehicle Maintenance, Service, and Repair, which includes maintaining, servicing, and repairing light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles.

Transportation Industry Sector Pathways

  • Aviation and Aerospace Transportation Services
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Vehicle Maintenance, Service, and Repair

Sample of Career Technical Education Courses
Illustrates: education level, and related occupations for aviation and aerospace transportation services; collision repair and refinishing; and vehicle maintenance, service, and repair.


Contact Information

Robert Wilson, Education Programs Consultant

Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office
Career and College Transition Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814

Questions: Robert Wilson | | 916-319-0675 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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