Logistics Engineers
SOC: 13-1081.01

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
130,400 employed

Projected (2024):
132,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Continuous Improvement Specialist
  • Cost Engineer
  • Cost Estimating Engineer
  • Cost Reduction Engineer
  • Integrated Logistics Operations Manager
  • Logistics Engineer
  • Logistics Engineering Manager
  • Logistics Planning Engineer
  • Logistics Research Engineer
  • Logistics System Engineer
  • Procurement Engineer
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Systems Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Propose logistics solutions for customers.
  • Interview key staff or tour facilities to identify efficiency-improvement, cost-reduction, or service-delivery opportunities.
  • Direct the work of logistics analysts.
  • Design plant distribution centers.
  • Develop specifications for equipment, tools, facility layouts, or material-handling systems.
  • Review contractual commitments, customer specifications, or related information to determine logistics or support requirements.
  • Prepare or validate documentation on automated logistics or maintenance-data reporting or management information systems.
  • Identify or develop business rules or standard operating procedures to streamline operating processes.
  • Develop or maintain cost estimates, forecasts, or cost models.
  • Determine feasibility of designing new facilities or modifying existing facilities, based on factors such as cost, available space, schedule, technical requirements, or ergonomics.
  • Determine logistics support requirements, such as facility details, staffing needs, or safety or maintenance plans.
  • Conduct logistics studies or analyses, such as time studies, zero-base analyses, rate analyses, network analyses, flow-path analyses, or supply chain analyses.
  • Analyze or interpret logistics data involving customer service, forecasting, procurement, manufacturing, inventory, transportation, or warehousing.
  • Provide logistics technology or information for effective and efficient support of product, equipment, or system manufacturing or service.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of current or future logistical processes.
  • Apply logistics modeling techniques to address issues such as operational process improvement or facility design or layout.
  • Evaluate the use of inventory tracking technology, Web-based warehousing software, or intelligent conveyor systems to maximize plant or distribution center efficiency.
  • Develop logistic metrics, internal analysis tools, or key performance indicators for business units.
  • Identify cost-reduction or process-improvement logistic opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Prepare logistic strategies or conceptual designs for production facilities.
  • Design comprehensive supply chains that minimize environmental impacts or costs.
  • Develop or document reverse logistics management processes to ensure maximal efficiency of product recycling, reuse, or final disposal.
  • Conduct environmental audits for logistics activities, such as storage, distribution, or transportation.
  • Create models or scenarios to predict the impact of changing circumstances, such as fuel costs, road pricing, energy taxes, or carbon emissions legislation.
  • Review global, national, or regional transportation or logistics reports for ways to improve efficiency or minimize the environmental impact of logistics activities.
  • Determine requirements for compliance with environmental certification standards.
  • Provide logistical facility or capacity planning analyses for distribution or transportation functions.
  • Develop or document procedures to minimize or mitigate carbon output resulting from the movement of materials or products.
  • Assess the environmental impact or energy efficiency of logistics activities, using carbon mitigation software.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Multimedia projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • C++
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Failure modes and effects analysis FMEA software
  • i2 Transportation Modeler
  • IBM Cognos Impromptu
  • IBM ILOG CPLEX/Dispatcher
  • IBM Notes
  • ITEM Software ITEM ToolKit
  • ITEM Software Spare Cost
  • JDA Manugistics software
  • JMS Software RCM WorkSaver
  • Logistics Cost Estimating Tool
  • Logistics management information LMI database software
  • Logistics Support Analysts SmartLogic
  • LOGSA COMPASS
  • LOGSA SYSPARS
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • Oracle Hyperion software
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software
  • Oracle software
  • Prolog
  • Relex FMEA
  • Reliability centered maintenance RCM software
  • ReliaSoft RCM++
  • ReliaSoft XFMEA
  • Reliass EAGLE
  • SAP Business Objects software
  • SAP software
  • Warehouse management system WMS software


  • business and financial operations


    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800