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Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Pathways to Success

Transportation, distribution, and logistics (TDL) relates to how goods are moved from one place to another As far as goods and services are concerned, our world is flat. TDL takes care of how we get Mississippi farm-raised catfish to Europe and how the latest Paris styles arrive in the United States. TDL industries need motivated people with new ideas to ensure the U.S. transportation system continues to work efficiently. This cluster includes the planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and products by road, air, rail, and water. It also includes related professional and technical services, such as infrastructure planning and management, logistics, and maintenance of equipment and facilities. "Careers in the Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway include 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."

Webster County Career and Technology Center Course offerings in this pathway include:

Automotive Service Technology I contains an introduction to shop operations, safety, tools and equipment, and preparing the vehicle for both service and the customer. The engine repair course focuses on the overall internal combustion engine, cylinder and valve train, and lubrication and cooling systems. The transmission course is an introduction to both automatic and manual drive train and axles. This course also contains an introduction to electrical/electronic information and terminology. The Basic Electrical/Electronic Systems course contains electrical/electronic system theory, battery systems, starting systems, and charging systems. It also contains an introduction to disc brakes, drum brakes, and antilock brakes.

Automotive Service Technology II is a course offering for students who have successfully completed Automotive Service Technology I. The Engine Performance I course contains a review on shop operations, safety, tools and equipment, and preparing the vehicle for both service and the customer. The Advanced Electrical/Electronic Systems course contains information on lighting systems, concepts of gauges, warning devices, driver information systems, horn system, wiper/washer system, and accessories system diagnostic repair. The Engine Performance and Steering and Suspension course contains information on fuel, air induction, and exhaust systems; concepts of emission control system; concepts of engine service; general suspension/steering theory; steering system inspection, diagnosis, and repair; concepts of front, rear, and miscellaneous systems; and wheel/tire alignment concepts. The Automotive Heating and Air information is for service and maintenance to the heating, ventilation, and engine cooling system.