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Career Connections: Transportation Supervisor

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(female narrator) According to Matt Budyka, a transportation supervisor at Sysco Cleveland Incorporated, some days can start at 3:30 a.m. and go into the evening. Depending on what time drivers are dispatched, we do have a dispatcher at the shop at all times for the drivers to call when they run into issues. There's always times where a driver can't get into a stop, alarms gets set off, different things, breakdowns where we secure a vendor to fix the truck.

(narrator) A typical day starts with his computer. We normally use laptops. We have tablets, our phones, we have different apps to track our equipment and our drivers, but we'll get on the computer and use our GPS tracking system to see where they're at and whether they're on time.

(narrator) Sometimes uncontrollable things can happen, like heavy traffic, an accident, or a snowstorm. It's the transportation supervisor's job to be in contact right away.

(Budyka) We see where our problems are. We set up where I do observations on my drivers. I make sure they're following fundamental work techniques, they're being safe on the road, following all federally regulated laws and regulations, with violations, and different things of that sort.

(narrator) From Cleveland, drivers cover areas as far west as Toledo, as far south as Cincinnati, and even into Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Supervisors also spend time on the road, observing drivers on their routes.

(Budyka) I'm making sure they're lifting properly and maintaining the product during the breakdown of the pallets and everything the warehouse put together the night prior. I make sure they're giving quality service to the customers and things of that nature.

(narrator) He worked his way up to get to the position of transportation supervisor.

(Budyka) I started as a order selector right behind me here, picking groceries in the middle of the night. I had no experience. I had a high school diploma. Came in, started picking groceries, and obtained my CDL through the company.

(narrator) A class-A CDL is a commercial driver's license for pulling 80,000 pounds on regulated types of equipment, like a tractor trailer combination vehicle. There are different schools that offer training for this license.

(Budyka) After getting my CDL, I drove for Sysco. Drove for a year and a half and came into management. Once you have your class-A, the possibilities are endless. I've been exposed to multiple things and resources throughout the company. Again, I have a high school diploma. I don't have any university or anything like that, but I was able to learn things, and experience is what really drives success.

(narrator) He also believes students interested in his field can start preparing while in school by focusing on math, logistics, and computer skills.

(Budyka) Obviously Excel. We do a lot of tracking. We do a lot of measuring, so get the computer skills tuned up. You have to have drive to do something. You gotta have interest. I had no intentions of ever being in this position, and I love it. It's something that has driven me. I get interested. In the morning, I wake up and see how to better the company.

(narrator) The median annual salary for a transportation supervisor, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $57,530.

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Hear from a transportation supervisor of a company that relies heavily on vehicle use in its day-to-day operations. This career involves maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing costs. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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