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Your job is to 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.
Common job titles of Logistics Engineers include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
50% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
13.64% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
Direct the work of logistics analysts.
Develop logistic metrics, internal analysis tools, or key performance indicators for business units.
Provide logistics technology or information for effective and efficient support of product, equipment, or system manufacturing or service.
Determine logistics support requirements, such as facility details, staffing needs, or safety or maintenance plans.
Develop or maintain cost estimates, forecasts, or cost models.
Review contractual commitments, customer specifications, or related information to determine logistics or support requirements.
Propose logistics solutions for customers.
Create models or scenarios to predict the impact of changing circumstances, such as fuel costs, road pricing, energy taxes, or carbon emissions legislation.
Develop or document reverse logistics management processes to ensure maximal efficiency of product recycling, reuse, or final disposal.
Design comprehensive supply chains that minimize environmental impacts or costs.
Prepare logistic strategies or conceptual designs for production facilities.
Identify cost-reduction or process-improvement logistic opportunities.
Evaluate effectiveness of current or future logistical processes.
Analyze or interpret logistics data involving customer service, forecasting, procurement, manufacturing, inventory, transportation, or warehousing.
Identify or develop business rules or standard operating procedures to streamline operating processes.
Prepare or validate documentation on automated logistics or maintenance-data reporting or management information systems.
Develop specifications for equipment, tools, facility layouts, or material-handling systems.
Assess the environmental impact or energy efficiency of logistics activities, using carbon mitigation software.
Develop or document procedures to minimize or mitigate carbon output resulting from the movement of materials or products.
Provide logistical facility or capacity planning analyses for distribution or transportation functions.
Determine requirements for compliance with environmental certification standards.
Review global, national, or regional transportation or logistics reports for ways to improve efficiency or minimize the environmental impact of logistics activities.
Conduct environmental audits for logistics activities, such as storage, distribution, or transportation.
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.
Evaluate the use of inventory tracking technology, Web-based warehousing software, or intelligent conveyor systems to maximize plant or distribution center efficiency.
Apply logistics modeling techniques to address issues such as operational process improvement or facility design or layout.
Conduct logistics studies or analyses, such as time studies, zero-base analyses, rate analyses, network analyses, flow-path analyses, or supply chain analyses.
Determine feasibility of designing new facilities or modifying existing facilities, based on factors such as cost, available space, schedule, technical requirements, or ergonomics.
Design plant distribution centers.
Interview key staff or tour facilities to identify efficiency-improvement, cost-reduction, or service-delivery opportunities.
Multimedia projection equipment
Multi-line telephone systems
Laser facsimile machines
Digital camerasAll Tools
Computer laser printers
IBM Cognos Impromptu
Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
SAP Business Objects
Failure modes and effects analysis FMEA softwareAll Technologies
i2 Transportation Modeler
IBM ILOG CPLEX/Dispatcher
ITEM Software ITEM ToolKit
ITEM Software Spare Cost
JMS Software RCM WorkSaver
Logistics Cost Estimating Tool
Logistics management information LMI database software
Logistics Support Analysts SmartLogic
Reliability centered maintenance RCM software
Warehouse management system WMS
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Teaching others how to do something.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.