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The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster® focuses on careers in planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water. It also includes related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance. 

Programs of study

Automotive: Technology

Automotive: Technology Program of Study

The Automotive program of study teaches students how to repair and refinish automobiles and service various types of vehicles. Students may learn to collect payment for services or supplies and perform typical vehicle maintenance procedures such as lubrication, oil changes, installation of antifreeze, or replacement of accessories like wiper blades or tires.

Course pathway 

Note: This pathway is only available at South Garland High School (SGHS).

LevelSGHS pathway
1

8P053 (Middle School) 
Introduction to Transportation Technology

8P100
Principles of Transportation Systems

8P130
Basic Collision Repair and Refinishing

8P140
Automotive Basics

2

8P200, 8P205 DC
Automotive Technology I

3

8P300, 8P305 EXT
Automotive Technology II

4

8P370/8P380 EXT
Practicum in Transportation Systems

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Automotive Body and Related Repairers$40,1441,45625%
Automotive Service Technician and Mechanics$38,45920825%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry Level**
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Professional Level
  • ASE Brakes**
  • ASE Electronics & Electrical Systems**
  • ASE Engine Performance**
Certificate/License*
  • Master Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician
  • Automobile Technician: various systems and parts
  • Engine Machinist Technician
  • Collision Repair and Refinish
Associate's Degree
  • Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/ Technician
  • Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Bachelor's Degree
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Mechanical Engineering

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at SGHS

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join a SkillsUSA competition
  • Join the Automotive Service Association
Work-based learning activities
  • Work at a local automotive repair or body shop.
Automotive: Collision Repair

Automotive: Collision Repair Program of Study

The Automotive program of study teaches students how to repair and refinish automobiles and service various types of vehicles. Students may learn to collect payment for services or supplies and perform typical vehicle maintenance procedures such as lubrication, oil changes, installation of antifreeze, or replacement of accessories like wiper blades or tires.

Course pathway 

Note: This pathway is only available at South Garland High School (SGHS).

LevelSGHS pathway
1

8P053 (Middle School) 
Introduction to Transportation Technology

8P100
Principles of Transportation Systems

8P130
Basic Collision Repair and Refinishing

2

8P230
Collision Repair

3

8P340
Paint and Refinishing

4

8P350, 8P360 EXT
Practicum in Transportation Systems

 Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Automotive Body and Related Repairers$40,1441,45625%
Automotive Service Technician and Mechanics$38,45920825%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry Level**
  • ASE Refrigerant**
  • ASE Recovery**
  • ASE Recycling**
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Professional Level
Certificate/License*
  • Master Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician
  • Automobile Technician: various systems and parts
  • Engine Machinist Technician
  • Collision Repair and Refinish
Associate's Degree
  • Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/ Technician
  • Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Bachelor's Degree
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Mechanical Engineering

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC and some GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join a SkillsUSA competition
  • Join the Automotive Service Association
Work-based learning activities
  • Work at a local automotive repair or body shop.
Automotive: Small Engine

Automotive: Small Engine Program of Study

The Automotive program of study teaches students how to repair and refinish automobiles and service various types of vehicles. Students may learn to collect payment for services or supplies and perform typical vehicle maintenance procedures such as lubrication, oil changes, installation of antifreeze, or replacement of accessories like wiper blades or tires.

Course pathway 

Note: This pathway is only available at Garland High School (GHS).

LevelGHS pathway
1

8P053 (Middle School)
Introduction to Transportation Technology

8P100
Principles of Transportation Systems

2

8P250
Small Engine Technology I

3

8P270
Small Engine Technology II

4

8P260
Energy & Power of Transportation Systems

 Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Automotive Body and Related Repairers$40,1441,45625%
Automotive Service Technician and Mechanics$38,45920825%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry Level**
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Professional Level
Certificate/License*
  • Master Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician
  • Automobile Technician: various systems and parts
  • Engine Machinist Technician
  • Collision Repair and Refinish
Associate's Degree
  • Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/ Technician
  • Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Bachelor's Degree
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Mechanical Engineering

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC and some GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join a SkillsUSA competition
  • Join the Automotive Service Association
Work-based learning activities
  • Work at a local automotive repair or body shop.
Automotive: Outdoor Power

Automotive: Outdoor Power Program of Study

The Automotive program of study teaches students how to repair and refinish automobiles and service various types of vehicles. Students may learn to collect payment for services or supplies and perform typical vehicle maintenance procedures such as lubrication, oil changes, installation of antifreeze, or replacement of accessories like wiper blades or tires.

Course pathway 

Note: This pathway is only available at the GRCTC.

LevelGRCTC pathway
1

8P053 (Middle School)
Introduction to Transportation Technology

8P100
Principles of Transportation Systems

 

2

8P200 (SGHS)
Automotive Technology I

3

8P900S (GRCTC) Fall
Small Engine Technology I - Outdoor Power I and 

8P910S (GRCTC) Spring
Energy and Power of Transportation Systems

4

8P930/8P933 (GRCTC)
Practicum in Transportation Systems

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Automotive Body and Related Repairers$40,1441,45625%
Automotive Service Technician and Mechanics$38,45920825%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry Level**
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Professional Level
Certificate/License*
  • Master Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician
  • Automobile Technician: various systems and parts
  • Engine Machinist Technician
  • Collision Repair and Refinish
Associate's Degree
  • Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/ Technician
  • Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Bachelor's Degree
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Mechanical Engineering

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC and some GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join a SkillsUSA competition
  • Join the Automotive Service Association
Work-based learning activities
  • Work at a local automotive repair or body shop.
Distribution and Logistics

Distribution and Logistics Program of Study

The Distribution and Logistics program of study teaches students how to plan, coordinate, and direct people and operational plans related to distributed goods and services. Students will learn how to manage daily operations and logistics personnel.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available at the GRCTC.

LevelGRCTC pathway
1

8P120
Principles of Distribution and Logistics

2

Pending TEA approval:
Concepts of Distribution & Logistics Technology

3

8P950 (Fall)
Management of Transportation Systems, and

8P960 (Spring)
Distribution and Logistics

4

P8P970, 8P973 EXT
Practicum in Distribution and Logistics

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Logisticians$77,2101,55013%
Supply Chain Managers$113,1101,79426%
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers$89,04596531%
Purchasing Managers$121,72249714%
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products$64,2932,7279%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • MSSC Certified Logistics Technicians**
Certificate/License*
  • Emergency Number Professional
  • SAP Certified Application Associate-Logistics Execution and Warehouse Management
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Cargo Shipper's Agent
Associate's Degree
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
Bachelor's Degree
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Business/Commerce, General
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Public Administration

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA
  • Join FBA
  • Join FBLA
  • Join the Technology Student Association
Work-based learning activities
  • Intern at a distribution or warehousing center.
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Graduation planning

Endorsement: Business & Industry

See course descriptions and additional information on the high school course descriptions page.