Logistics Engineers

Design or analyze operational solutions for projects such as transportation optimization, network modeling, process and methods analysis, cost containment, capacity enhancement, routing and shipment optimization, or information management.

Median Annual Wage: $73,870

Education: Bachelor's degree (50%); Associate's degree (14%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (14%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Systems Engineer; Logistics Engineer; Reliability Engineer

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Logistics Engineers.

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  • Determine logistics support requirements, such as facility details, staffing needs, or safety or maintenance plans.
  • Propose logistics solutions for customers.
  • Direct the work of logistics analysts.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of current or future logistical processes.
  • Analyze or interpret logistics data involving customer service, forecasting, procurement, manufacturing, inventory, transportation, or warehousing.
  • Develop logistic metrics, internal analysis tools, or key performance indicators for business units.
  • Evaluate the use of inventory tracking technology, Web-based warehousing software, or intelligent conveyor systems to maximize plant or distribution center efficiency.
  • Provide logistics technology or information for effective and efficient support of product, equipment, or system manufacturing or service.
  • Prepare or validate documentation on automated logistics or maintenance-data reporting or management information systems.
  • Evaluate the use of technologies, such as global positioning systems (GPS), radio-frequency identification (RFID), route navigation software, or satellite linkup systems, to improve transportation efficiency.
  • Identify cost-reduction or process-improvement logistic opportunities.
  • Develop or maintain cost estimates, forecasts, or cost models.
  • Develop specifications for equipment, tools, facility layouts, or material-handling systems.
  • Conduct logistics studies or analyses, such as time studies, zero-base analyses, rate analyses, network analyses, flow-path analyses, or supply chain analyses.
  • Apply logistics modeling techniques to address issues such as operational process improvement or facility design or layout.
  • Prepare logistic strategies or conceptual designs for production facilities.
  • Identify or develop business rules or standard operating procedures to streamline operating processes.
  • Design comprehensive supply chains that minimize environmental impacts or costs.
  • Interview key staff or tour facilities to identify efficiency-improvement, cost-reduction, or service-delivery opportunities.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Logistics Engineers.

  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Logistics Engineers.

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