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Transportation Managers

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

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Serve as contact persons for all workers within assigned territories.
    • Implement schedule or policy changes for transportation services.
    • Monitor spending to ensure that expenses are consistent with approved budgets.
    • Promote safe work activities by conducting safety audits, attending company safety meetings, or meeting with individual staff members.
    • Prepare management recommendations, such as proposed fee and tariff increases or schedule changes.
    • Direct investigations to verify and resolve customer or shipper complaints.
    • Conduct investigations in cooperation with government agencies to determine causes of transportation accidents, coordinate cleanup activities, or improve safety procedures.
    • Direct or coordinate the activities of operations department to obtain use of equipment, facilities, or human resources.
    • Analyze expenditures and other financial information to develop plans, policies, or budgets for increasing profits or improving services.
    • Collaborate with other managers or staff members to formulate and implement policies, procedures, goals, or objectives.
    • Plan or implement energy saving changes to transportation services, such as reducing routes, optimizing capacities, employing alternate modes of transportation, or minimizing idling.
    • Direct staff performing repairs and maintenance to equipment, vehicles, or facilities.
    • Set operations policies and standards, including determining safety procedures for the handling of dangerous goods.
    • Develop criteria, application instructions, procedural manuals, or contracts for federal or state public transportation programs.
    • Develop or implement plans to improve transportation services control from regional to national or global load control center operations.
    • Direct central load control centers to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of transportation services.
    • Supervise clerks assigning tariff classifications or preparing billing.
    • Negotiate, authorize, or monitor fulfillment of contracts with equipment or materials suppliers.
    • Conduct employee training sessions on subjects such as hazardous material handling, employee orientation, quality improvement, or computer use.
    • Recommend or authorize capital expenditures for acquisition of new equipment or property to increase efficiency and services of operations department.
    • Evaluate transportation vehicles or auxiliary equipment for purchase by considering factors, such as fuel economy or aerodynamics.
    • Identify or select transportation and communications system technologies to reduce costs or environmental impacts.
    • Provide administrative or technical assistance to those receiving transportation-related grants.
    • Direct procurement processes including equipment research and testing, vendor contracts, or requisitions approval.
    • Participate in union contract negotiations or grievance settlements.
    Skills
    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $89,120/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $42.85/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 5,400
    • Yearly Projected Openings 460
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Leadership
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    Tools
    • Radio frequency data communication equipment
    • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
    • Notebook computers
    • Forklifts
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Route navigation software
    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.