Advanced Transportation & Logistics

California must continue to lead in clean-air standards, even as online shopping has the shipping industry exploding. Demand for your transportation expertise has never been greater. Get trained to maintain fleets of electric vehicles and airplanes or learn how autonomous vehicle technology is disrupting industries. From local delivery routes to international freight, programs in this sector teach you how to keep things moving from Point A to Point B.


  • Cargo & Freight Agents $44,554
  • Logistician $65,083
  • Automotive Body & Related Repairs $36,150
  • Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers $45,198
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians $62,134


  • General Dynamics NASSCO
  • BEA Systems
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Port of San Diego
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • DJO Global
  • Grupo Logistics
  • WorldTrans
  • Globe Trade Services
  • San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

Did you know?

  • The Advanced Transportation and Logistics sector includes road, marine, air and rail transport.
  • To reduce CO2 emissions and meet transportation needs of a growing global population, public transit increasingly uses new technologies such as smart ticketing systems, electric/hybrid buses, high-speed rails, and driverless shuttles.
  • Freight, transportation, delivery, and port operations are the largest industries within the Advanced Transportation sector in California. Most jobs in Advanced Transportation are concentrated in Southern California.
  • According to the San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego is known as the birthplace of naval aviation; the use of the aircraft carrier as a maritime weapon occurred between 1920 and 1940 in San Diego.
  • 73% of San Diego-Imperial community college students who completed Advanced Transportation and Logistics programs in 2016 attained a living wage.
Sources: San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research, marketresearch.com, San Diego Air and Space Museum & Cal-PASS Plus LaunchBoard

Grossmont College

  • Security Management

Imperial Valley College

  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel Farm Machinery and Heavy Equipment

MiraCosta College

  • Automotive Alignment, Brakes, and Suspension
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Automotive Electronics, Computers, and Emissions and/or HVAC
  • Automotive Quick Service Assistant
  • Automotive/Motorcycle Maintenance and Light Repair
  • Automotive Repair: Drive-Train Specialist
  • Automotive Technology
  • Basic Auto Tune-Up *
  • Basic Engine Performance
  • Basic Engine Performance, Electric, Hybrid, and Alternative Fuel Vehicles
  • California Smog Check Technician
  • Cybersecurity
  • Master Technician
  • Project Management
  • Systems Administration
  • * Designates noncredit classes

Palomar College

  • Auto Chassis and Drive Lines
  • Auto Collision Repair
  • Diesel Technology
  • Drone Applications and Technologies
  • Drone Operations
  • Electronic Tune-Up and Computer Control Systems
  • Mechanics - General

San Diego Miramar College

  • Advanced Emissions Specialist
  • Airframe
  • Airframe & Powerplant
  • Automotive Chassis
  • Automotive Electrical
  • Automotive Engine Performance
  • Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Transmissions
  • Aviation Business Administration
  • Aviation General Studies
  • Aviation Operations Management
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Systems
  • Engine Overhaul, Caterpillar
  • Engine Overhaul, Cummins
  • Engine Overhaul, Detroit Diesel
  • Engine Repair, Caterpillar
  • Engine Repair, Cummins
  • Engine Repair, Detroit Diesel
  • Flight Instructor
  • Heavy Duty Diesel and Advanced Transportation Technology (HDDAT) (Evening Program)
  • Heavy Duty Transportation Technology (HDTT) (Day Program)
  • Heavy Equipment Powertrains
  • Heavy Equipment Technology (HET) (Day Program)
  • Heavy Equipment Undercarriage Systems
  • Helicopter Operations
  • Hybrid/Electric Vehicles
  • Instrument Pilot
  • Mobile Hydraulics Technician
  • Pilot Studies
  • Powerplant
  • Private Pilot
  • Professional Aeronautics
  • Professional Piloting
  • Remote Pilot
  • Equipment Mechanic Apprenticeship
  • San Diego Transit General Mechanic Apprenticeship
  • Steering, Suspension, and Drivelines
  • Team Resource Management (Aviation)
  • Transportation Security
  • Truck Air Brake Systems
  • Truck and Equipment Electrical Systems
  • Truck Drive Axles
  • Truck Transmission and Clutches

Southwestern College

  • Advanced Emission Specialist
  • Automotive Performance Systems
  • Auto Brake & Suspension (abs/4-Wheel Align)
  • Automotive Technology
  • International Logistics & Transportation
  • International Logistics & Transportation - Basic
  • International Logistics & Transportation - Intermediate

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Student Story: Christopher Zitt

With a father who was an auto mechanic, Chris carried a love of machinery into the Navy, where he became an electrical systems specialist on submarines. After the military, Chris realized he could get trained in auto technology and merge his appreciation for cars with his knowledge in electronics. Before he even graduated, Chris had accepted a job offer from a local auto dealership. Watch now to hear what makes Chris most proud.

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