Logistics Engineers

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Logistics Planning and Management Services

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

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.


Personal computers

Multimedia projectors

Multimedia projection equipment

Multi-line telephone systems

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Digital cameras

All Tools

Desktop computers

Computer laser printers



IBM Cognos Impromptu


Oracle Hyperion

Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

SAP Business Objects

Failure modes and effects analysis FMEA software

All Technologies

i2 Transportation Modeler


ITEM Software ITEM ToolKit

ITEM Software Spare Cost

JDA Manugistics

JMS Software RCM WorkSaver

Logistics Cost Estimating Tool

Logistics management information LMI database software

Logistics Support Analysts SmartLogic




Relex FMEA

Reliability centered maintenance RCM software

ReliaSoft RCM++

ReliaSoft XFMEA

Reliass EAGLE

Warehouse management system WMS


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.

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.

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.

Time Management

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.

Active Learning

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.

Operations Analysis

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.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Social Perceptiveness

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.

Service Orientation

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

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