Description of the occupation

The shipping and transport technician is able to plan, implement and monitor the transport and shipment of goods with unimodal / intermodal systems, on national and international territory, identifying suitable carriers, managing the related document and information flows and the obligations. He is able to offer advice on international transport and customs’ area management.

Personal traits and competences

Traffic technicians tend to be predominantly realistic individuals, which means that they often enjoy working outdoors or applying themselves to a hands-on project. They also tend to be investigative, which means that they are quite inquisitive and curious people that typically like to spend time alone with their thoughts. The technician has the following competences:

  • Characteristics and specificity of unimodal/intermodal transport systems and related carriers
  • Logistics cycle of unimodal/intermodal transport
  • Elements of international trade
  • Fundamentals of business organization: Structure, functions, work processes
  • Management functions for the drafting of load plans and goods shipments;
  • Rules and provisions to protect the safety of the working environment
  • Rules on the transport and storage of specific types of goods (dangerous goods, foodstuffs, etc.)
  • Types and characteristics of storage, transport, and shipping contracts Conventions for international transport: CMR, Warsaw Convention, Hamburg Convention, Montreal Convention, etc.
  • Notions relating to customs formalities and functionality of the related telematics systems
  • Main national and international regulations and conventions on transport and shipping.

Technical knowledge and skills

Upon graduating, the LTT is able to:

Employment prospects

Overall employment in transportation and material moving occupations is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, and nearly every industry needs professionals with technical skills in logistics and transportation. The logistics and transport technician can work:

  • as a logistics technician
  • as a transportation technician
  • as a field inspector
  • as an assistant inspector
  • as a maintenance staff
  • as a laboratory materials tester

Working conditions

The logistics and transport technician tend to work outdoors —in a variety of settings— in a fast-paced and stressful environment. Sometimes s/he can also work in an office with a computer. Some positions related to this occupational profile have regular office hours, others instead may work at evenings, nights, and weekends. Some logistics and transport technicians may travel to visit suppliers.


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