Transportation Career Pathway

Certificate of Applied Science (1 year)


Associate's Degree (2 years)


Bachelor's Degree (4 years)


    Try Your Hand at Work


  • Job Shadow
  • Attend College-Industry Events (e.g. TekNoExpo at MSU Northern, Manufacturing Day at Gallatin College, Women in Gear at Helena College, Industrial Expo at Missoula College)
  • Billings Career Center Internship in Transportation Logistics
  • Pre-Apprenticeships
  • Summer/Part-Time Job
  • Business Tours

    College Major Options


  • Automotive Collision and Repair
  • Aviation
  • Aviation Maintenance
  • Highway Construction, Heavy Equipment
  • Diesel Equipment/Technology
  • Truck Driving

    Career Options


  • Pilot (Commercial, Private, Cargo)
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Collision Repair Technician
  • Auto Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Diesel Technician
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Locomotive Engineer
  • Aviation Repair Inspector
  • Dispatcher
  • Forklift Operator
  • Avionics Technician
Industry Recognized Credentials
Private Pilot's license
ICAR Certification
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
Certified Associate in Materials Handling (CAMH)
OSHA 10 and/or OSAH 30 Safety Training
CDL-Commercial Driver's License (must be 18)
American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST)
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
Recommended High School Courses
    Transportation Courses:

  • Driver's Ed
  • GIS
  • Electronics
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Solidworks
  • Automotive
  • Small Engines
  • Welding
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Geometry
  • Physics
  • Senior Year Math
Recommended Dual Enrollment
    Transportation Courses:

  • Automotive Mechanics (AUTO104)
  • Automotive Breaks (AST114/115)
  • Intro to Automotive Service (AST100/102)
  • Intro to Aviation (AVFT121)
  • Geographic Information Systems (SRVY290)
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Contemporary Math (M105)
  • Technical Math (M111)
  • Probability & Linear Math (M115)
  • College Algebra (M121)
  • (Check with a College Advisor to get the correct math for your desire degree)
  • College Writing (WRIT101)
  • Technical Writing (WRIT121)
Postsecondary Options in the Montana University System
Bitterroot College City College Flathead Valley Community College Gallatin College Helena College Highlands College Miles Community College Missoula College Montana State University Bozeman MSU Northern Salish Kootenai College University of Montana