NOC 0731 – Managers in transportation



Managers in transportation operations plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of transportation companies such as railways, airlines, bus lines, municipal transit systems, shipping lines and trucking companies, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. Managers in transportation freight traffic plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate companies or departments responsible for the transportation and movement of goods, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. They are employed by transportation, freight forwarding and shipping companies and by transportation departments of companies in retail and manufacturing sectors and utilities.

There is little or no mobility between managers in transportation operations and managers in transportation freight traffic.

There is little or no mobility between transportation managers of land, sea and air transportation operations.

Main Duties

Managers in transportation operations perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of a transportation company
  • Set operations policies and standards, including determination of safety procedures for the handling of dangerous goods, and ensure compliance with transport regulations
  • Oversee dispatch of vehicles, vessels or aircraft
  • Control the company or departmental budget, including acquisitions
  • Monitor company’s or department’s performance, prepare reports for senior management, and plan for changes to schedules and policies
  • Recruit personnel and oversee their training.

Managers in transportation freight traffic perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of companies or departments responsible for co-ordinating, arranging and monitoring the transportation and movement of goods
  • Arrange for shipping documentation and oversee the scheduling and dispatching of goods and the tracking and tracing of goods in transit
  • Set performance goals, oversee the setting of transportation service rates and monitor revenue
  • Develop plans and procedures for the transportation and storage of goods
  • Negotiate with carriers, warehouse operators and insurance company representatives for services and preferential rates
  • Control the departmental budget
  • Recruit personnel and oversee their training.

Employment Requirements

Managers in transportation operations

  • A bachelor’s degree in business administration or engineering is usually required.
  • Several years of experience in transportation operations are usually required, including supervisory experience.
  • Extensive experience as a supervisor and operator in a particular transport mode, such as a pilot, train engineer, vessel master or truck driver, may substitute for formal education.
  • Certification as an operator of a particular mode of transportation, such as commercial pilot, vessel master or truck driver, is usually required.

Managers in transportation freight traffic

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A college diploma or university degree in business or transportation administration may be required.
  • Several years of clerical, operational or administrative experience related to freight traffic are required.

All Titles

  • air freight manager
  • airline division manager
  • airline division superintendent
  • airline express manager
  • airline fleet operations manager
  • airline flight schedule design manager
  • airline manager
  • airline superintendent
  • area manager, railway transport
  • assistant general agent – railway
  • assistant manager, traffic and transportation
  • assistant superintendent – railway
  • assistant traffic manager – transportation
  • assistant transportation manager
  • bus company manager
  • cartage company manager
  • corporate traffic manager – transportation
  • corporate transportation manager
  • current schedule planning manager – airline
  • director of logistics – transportation
  • director of operations, transportation
  • director of traffic – transportation
  • director of transportation
  • director, distribution
  • director, flight operations
  • director, logistics – transportation
  • director, transportation management
  • distribution and warehousing manager
  • distribution director
  • distribution manager – logistics
  • distribution operations manager – logistics
  • distribution services manager
  • division superintendent, airline
  • division superintendent, railway
  • export traffic manager
  • ferry operations manager
  • ferry superintendent
  • fleet manager, transportation
  • fleet operations manager, airline
  • flight operations director
  • flight operations manager
  • flight schedule design manager, airline
  • flight schedulers manager
  • forwarder, freight
  • freight company manager
  • freight division manager
  • freight forwarder
  • freight forwarding manager
  • freight traffic manager
  • general agent, railway transport
  • general traffic manager – transportation
  • general transportation manager
  • import traffic manager
  • integrated logistics manager
  • international traffic manager
  • logistics director – transportation
  • logistics manager – transportation
  • manager, air freight
  • manager, airline
  • manager, airline express
  • manager, bus company
  • manager, cartage company
  • manager, corporate traffic – transportation
  • manager, corporate transportation
  • manager, current schedule planning – airline
  • manager, distribution – logistics
  • manager, distribution and warehousing
  • manager, distribution services
  • manager, export traffic
  • manager, freight division
  • manager, freight traffic
  • manager, import traffic
  • manager, integrated logistics
  • manager, international traffic
  • manager, logistics – transportation
  • manager, motor transport
  • manager, moving company
  • manager, ocean freight
  • manager, rail transport
  • manager, ship line
  • manager, shipping services
  • manager, traffic – transportation
  • manager, transfer company
  • manager, transport department
  • manager, transportation
  • manager, transportation and traffic
  • manager, travel and relocation department
  • manager, urban transit system
  • manager, water transport
  • marine operations manager
  • marine operations superintendent
  • marine superintendent
  • marine transportation operations manager
  • motor transport manager
  • moving company manager
  • ocean freight manager
  • operations director, transportation
  • operations manager, marine transportation
  • operations manager, ship management
  • passenger operations manager, railway
  • port captain – water transport
  • rail operations superintendent
  • rail transport manager
  • railway division superintendent
  • railway freight manager
  • railway manager
  • railway passenger operations manager
  • railway transport area manager
  • railway transport general agent
  • ramp manager – airline
  • runway manager
  • ship line manager
  • ship management operations manager
  • shipping and warehousing service manager
  • shipping services manager
  • shore captain – water transport
  • superintendent of transportation
  • superintendent, airline
  • superintendent, marine operations
  • superintendent, rail operations
  • traffic and transportation assistant manager
  • traffic manager – transport
  • traffic manager – transportation
  • traffic manager – water transport
  • transfer company manager
  • transport department manager
  • transportation and traffic manager
  • transportation director
  • transportation fleet manager
  • transportation logistics manager
  • transportation management director
  • transportation manager
  • transportation superintendent
  • travel and relocation department manager
  • urban transit system manager
  • water transport manager


  • Airport managers, harbour masters and other managers of transportation facilities (See 0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers)
  • Senior transportation managers (See 0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities)



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