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Supply Chain Fundamentals: Transportation Operations

Course Description

This course prepares students in the basics of transportation operations and the role of transportation within an organization’s overall supply chain.  The course includes review of the key elements of transportation such as: modes of transportation, transportation technology, company roles and operations within the transportation field, the impact of transportation on the overall economy, sustainability in transportation, and how the field is evolving to meet future needs.

Who Should Attend

  • Receiving, Shipping, Putaway, Picking, and Packing Clerks, Operators, Analysts, Supervisors, and Managers
  • Customer Service, Order Management, Warehouse, Terminal, Crossdock, and Distribution Center  administrators, clerks, analysts, supervisors, and managers.
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Managers, Analysts, Consultants, Supervisors, Technologists Planners and Engineers
  • Business and Systems Analysts
  • Supply Chain Education and Human Resource Management personnel
  • Inventory Planners
  • Distribution and Warehouse Operations Managers, Supervisors, Planners, Consultants, and Analysts
  • Demand Planners, Supply Planners, Forecast Analysts, Forecasting Managers
  • Service Operations supervisors, Service Operations Managers
  • Inventory Managers, Inventory Clerks, Inventory Analysts
  • Transportation Planners, Transportation Clerks, Transportation Analysts, Transportation Managers

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the business of transportation and logistics and the economic impact of transportation
  • Describe the unique features, advantages, and disadvantages of the various modes of transport.
  • Describe the cost and pricing considerations of LTL, Truckload, Rail, Air and Ocean transport
  • Understand the role of private fleets, 3PL’s, freight forwarders, and brokers.
  • Describe the role of technology in transportation operations.
  • Understand the basics of legal considerations in transportation.
  • Understand the basics of international transportation considerations.
  • Describe the roles, functions, and metrics associated with transportation.
  • Gain an appreciation of evolving innovations in transportation.
  • Demonstrate metrics used to measure transportation service quality and efficiency

What Is Covered

Transportation Operations is a start anytime, self-paced course consisting of 11 Learning Blocks.

  • Learning Block 1: Business and Economy
  • Learning Block 2: Transportation Modes
  • Learning Block 3: Transportation Economics
  • Learning Block 4: Transportation Service Markets
  • Learning Block 5: Transportation Technology
  • Learning Block 6: Transportation Regulations
  • Learning Block 7: Transportation and Global Supply Chains
  • Learning Block 8: Risk Management and Security in Transportation
  • Learning Block 9: Sustainability Issues in Transportation
  • Learning Block 10: Transportation Sourcing and Management
  • Learning Block 11: The Future of Transportation

Course Prerequisites


Course Fees

The cost of the course is $350 for the self-paced version. You will be provided with a URL, username and password to access the material. You must complete all required learning blocks to be awarded a Georgia Tech Course Completion certificate.

Course Location

This course is offered in a self-paced online format, and you may start anytime.

Technical Requirements

Minimum Requirements

Please review to ensure that the system you will be using is capable of accessing this online course.

User Interface

Online courses are offered through Georgia Tech Professional Education. The interface is provided via Canvas LMS and is primarily point-and-click, and can be learned by anyone capable of using a web browser. There is no software to distribute, and no experience with HTML or other technical knowledge required.



HMTX Industries partnered with SCL and Georgia Tech Professional Education to bring new skills to their workforce.

Earn a Logistics Fundamentals Certificate

Must take 4 SCF online courses: Required course: Supply Chain Management Principles. Choose 3 SCF courses from the following: Warehousing Operations, Customer Service Operations, Inventory Management or Transportation Operations.

This certificate is designed for those who want a solid understanding of logistics fundamentals who may be new to certain supply chain domains. The goal of the program is to support workforce readiness and upward mobility for entry-level and supervisory level associates.


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Georgia Tech Supply Chain and
Logistics Institute
H. Milton Stewart School of
Industrial & Systems Engineering
765 Ferst Drive, NW, Suite 228
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.894.2343