Transportation Managers

Description

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

Tasks

  • Analyze expenditures and other financial information to develop plans, policies, or budgets for increasing profits or improving services.
  • Set operations policies and standards, including determining safety procedures for the handling of dangerous goods.
  • Plan, organize, or manage the work of subordinate staff to ensure that the work is accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.
  • Negotiate and authorize contracts with equipment and materials suppliers, and monitor contract fulfillment.
  • Collaborate with other managers or staff members to formulate and implement policies, procedures, goals, or objectives.
  • Monitor spending to ensure that expenses are consistent with approved budgets.
  • Supervise workers assigning tariff classifications and preparing billing.
  • Promote safe work activities by conducting safety audits, attending company safety meetings, or meeting with individual staff members.
  • Direct investigations to verify and resolve customer or shipper complaints.
  • Direct procurement processes including equipment research and testing, vendor contracts, or requisitions approval.
  • Recommend or authorize capital expenditures for acquisition of new equipment or property to increase efficiency and services of operations department.
  • Monitor operations to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, union contracts, and government regulations.
  • Direct activities related to dispatching, routing, or tracking transportation vehicles, such as aircraft or railroad cars.
  • Direct and coordinate, through subordinates, activities of operations department to obtain use of equipment, facilities, and human resources.
  • Conduct employee training sessions on subjects such as hazardous material handling, employee orientation, quality improvement, or computer use.
  • Prepare management recommendations, such as proposed fee and tariff increases or schedule changes.
  • Implement schedule and policy changes.
  • Serve as contact persons for all workers within assigned territories.
  • Conduct investigations in cooperation with government agencies to determine causes of transportation accidents and to improve safety procedures.
  • Participate in union contract negotiations and settlements of grievances.
  • Direct activities of staff performing repairs and maintenance to equipment, vehicles, and facilities.
  • Develop criteria, application instructions, procedural manuals, or contracts for federal or state public transportation programs.
  • Provide administrative or technical assistance to those receiving transportation-related grants.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Plan or implement energy saving changes to transportation services, such as reducing routes, optimizing capacities, employing alternate modes of transportation, or minimizing idling.

Knowledge

Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Fine Arts
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Skills

Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Troubleshooting
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Speed of Limb Movement
The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
Trunk Strength
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Static Strength
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Wrist-Finger Speed
The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Reaction Time
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Rate Control
The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Manual Dexterity
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

Work Activities

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

Interests

Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Work Values

Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Aerial Planting and Cultivation Manager
Airline Manager
Airline Managerial Supervisor
Airport Manager
Auto Fleet Manager
Automotive Services Manager
Aviation Manager
Boat Dispatcher
Bridges Supervisor
Bus Transportation Manager
Canal Superintendent
Car Inspection and Repair Manager
Cargo and Ramp Services Manager
Chief Pilot
Chief Wharfinger
Communications and Signals Supervisor
Dispatch Manager
Dispatcher
Division Road Supervisor
Division Roadmaster
Dock Superintendent
Dockmaster
Fleet Manager
Flight Control Manager
Flight Operations Manager
Flight Reservations Manager
Flight Superintendent
Freight Coordinator
Freight Traffic Consultant
General Agent
General Car Yard Supervisor
General Claims Agent
General Freight Agent
General Operations Agent
General Road Foreman
General Road Supervisor
Harbor Department Manager
Head of Transport Logistics
International Trade Specialist
Logistics Supervisor
Marine Oil Terminal Superintendent
Marine Superintendent
Passenger Service Manager
Port Traffic Manager
Railroad Car Inspection and Repair Regional Superintendent
Schedule Planning Manager
Station Manager
Station Master
Station Supervisor
Stationmaster
Stations Superintendent
Terminal Manager
Terminal Operations Supervisor
Terminal Superintendent
Traffic Director
Traffic Manager
Traffic Safety Administrator
Traffic Superintendent
Traffic Supervisor
Train Master
Train Operations Manager
Train Operations Supervisor
Trainmaster
Transportation Assistant
Transportation Broker
Transportation Consultant
Transportation Coordinator
Transportation Director
Transportation Maintenance Supervisor
Transportation Specialist
Transportation Superintendent
Transportation Supervisor
Truck Terminal Manager
Trucking Contractor
Wharfinger

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$39.34 hourly, $81,830 annual.
Employment (2008):
98,600 employees