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.
Events Calendar includes information on scheduled contests, auto shows, conferences, and training for teachers and students in the transportation industry.
- California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards (PDF; 2MB) May 2005 Edition
- California Career Technical Education Frameworks for California Public Schools (PDF; 5MB)
- CTE On-Line
A resource devoted to connecting educators and leaders to quality professional development tools.
- Automotive Youth Educational Systems Mentor/Intern Training Program Summary
- Ford-American Automobile Association Program Summary
- Transportation Industry Sector Program Summary
- Regional Occupational Centers and Programs
Career and workforce preparation for high school students and adults.
- Automotive Youth Educational System (AYES)
- SkillsUSA California
Provides leadership training to students and instructors in the career and technical education arena.
- CA Partnership Academies
The academy model is a three-year program, grades ten through twelve, structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies incorporate integrated academic and career technical education, business partnerships, mentoring, and internships.
- National Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES)
Prepares young people for careers in automotive service.
- California Auto Teachers Association
- National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
- North American Council of Automotive Teachers
- Department of Industrial Relations Apprenticeship Web Page
Dara Dubois, Education Programs Consultant
Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office
Career and College Transition Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814