Also called: Fleet Manager, Train Operations Manager, Trainmaster, Transportation Manager
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In the transportation industry, managers are responsible for the movement of people and goods over distances, whether by air, rail, ocean, or highway. They, and their staff, are responsible for launching and tracking the transport vehicles across the globe, and may even manage vehicle storage facilities from airports to truck warehouses. These managers invest much of their time keeping tabs on operations to make sure they comply with all types of policy and procedure, from safety rules to union contracts and government regulations. Transportation managers are in close communication with those involved in the transportation process; they need to keep up-to-the-minute tabs on the location of goods. Accuracy, time pressure and dealing with conflict or troubleshooting are normal parts of the job. Having the flexibility to move from being strong leaders who see the big picture, to planning the details, is a hallmark of the job. Entering the field usually requires a bachelor's degree in a business field. Knowledge of supply chain management, or contract negotiation, is helpful. Some jobs only require relevant work experience in the business, or the type of product they need to move.
What they do:Plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.
On the job, you would:
- Plan, organize, or manage the work of subordinate staff to ensure that the work is accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.
- Direct activities related to dispatching, routing, or tracking transportation vehicles, such as aircraft or railroad cars.
- Monitor operations to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, union contracts, environmental policies, or government regulations.
- movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
- customer service
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
- law and government
Math and Science
- arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
- reading work related information
- talking to others
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- changing what is done based on other people's actions
- bringing people together to solve differences
- communicate by speaking
- communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
- use rules to solve problems
- add, subtract, multiply, or divide
- choose the right type of math to solve a problem
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Stress Tolerance
- Self Control
You might use software like this on the job:
Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
- Cadre Technologies Cadence Transportation Management System
- IBM i2 Transportation Manager
Analytical or scientific software
- Freight Rail Crew Optimization Scheduling FRCOS software
- IMSure Solutions SHIPflex
Data base user interface and query software
New job opportunities are likely in the future.