Transportation Managers

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About the Job

Plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.

It is also Called

  • Wharfmaster
  • Wharfinger
  • Trucking Contractor
  • Truck Terminal Manager
  • Transportation Supervisor
  • Transportation Superintendent
  • Transportation Specialist
  • Transportation Program Director
  • Transportation Manager
  • Transportation Maintenance Supervisor
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What They Do

  • Participate in union contract negotiations or grievance settlements.
  • Direct procurement processes including equipment research and testing, vendor contracts, or requisitions approval.
  • Provide administrative or technical assistance to those receiving transportation-related grants.
  • Identify or select transportation and communications system technologies to reduce costs or environmental impacts.
  • Evaluate transportation vehicles or auxiliary equipment for purchase by considering factors such as fuel economy or aerodynamics.
  • Negotiate, authorize, or monitor fulfillment of contracts with equipment or materials suppliers.
  • Supervise clerks assigning tariff classifications or preparing billing.
  • Direct central load control centers to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of transportation services.
  • Develop or implement plans to improve transportation services control from regional to national or global load control center operations.
  • Develop criteria, application instructions, procedural manuals, or contracts for federal or state public transportation programs.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: EC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Working Conditions, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.



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