Thursday, September 23, 2010

Skills required for different transportation sectors

For car shipping, truck transportation and warehousing jobs, employers generally prefer workers who have high school education, but in reality, workers have basic college education.
To become a car shipping truck driver or any other truck driving jobs, they have to meet certain federal motor carrier safety regulations.
1. They should be at least 21 years of old
2. Should have 20/40 vision
3. Should be able to hear properly, be able to speak and read English and also possess good driving records.
4. Truck drivers should get a state commercial driver’s license (CDL).

To get this license they need to pass a written examination and a driving test. Each company has certain criteria’s for selecting a truck driver. Some companies also conduct tests before hiring truck drivers. So applicants need to ensure that they clear these tests also. There are various schools which provide training to truck drivers. Truck drivers attend these training schools before joining any company alcohol-screening-test

For railroad transportation jobs, applicants should have physical stamina for entry-level jobs. They should pass a physical examination, drug and alcohol screening and a criminal background check. For various positions in this industry they should have high school education or its equivalent. Most of the employees in this sector work 24*7. They work during nights, over weekends and also on holidays. Rail yard workers work outdoors in varying weather conditions. While selecting entry level conductors or locomotive engineers they should be at least 21 years of age.

Conductors should be trained by employers or go through a conductor training program. Workers in the engineer positions are selected based on the experience they possess in other railroad-operating jobs.

Some of the important jobs in ground passenger transportation sector are bus and truck mechanics, diesel engine specialists, first-line supervisors, vehicle operators, intercity bus drivers and managers of transportation and material moving machine. Bus drivers should be well – mannered and have strong customer service skills.

commercial-driving-license Federal regulations require drivers who drive commercial motor vehicles have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). For diesel service technician and mechanic jobs, employers prefer graduates who have gone through formal training programs. There are many community colleges and vocational schools that provide training in diesel repair.

There are many institutions who offer training in communication skills, customer service, basic education in physics and logical reasoning techniques. If diesel service technicians go through these formal training program they can excel in their job

In sightseeing transportation and support activities sector, important jobs are aircraft mechanics, service technicians and customer service representatives. If a person wants to become an aircraft mechanic, he can study in one of 200 trade schools certified by FAA. Aircraft mechanics must have a high degree of mechanical aptitude. Necessary skills that aircraft mechanics need to possess are
1. They need to be self-motivated
2. Hard working and enthusiastic
3. Solve complex mechanical problems

Applicants are selected based on the above criteria.

If a person wishes to become a customer service representative, he should possess the necessary skills like
1. Basic computer knowledge
2. Good interpersonal skills
3. Interaction with the public
4. Strong communication and problem solving skills

To become a customer service representative they should have a minimum of high school diploma degree.


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