Logistics Engineers

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Systems Engineer
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Procurement Engineer
  • Logistics System Engineer
  • Logistics Research Engineer
  • Logistics Planning Engineer
  • Logistics Engineering Manager
  • Logistics Engineer
  • Integrated Logistics Operations Manager
  • Cost Reduction Engineer
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What They Do

  • 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.
  • Design plant distribution centers.
  • 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.
  • Create models or scenarios to predict the impact of changing circumstances, such as fuel costs, road pricing, energy taxes, or carbon emissions legislation.
  • Conduct environmental audits for logistics activities, such as storage, distribution, or transportation.
  • Determine feasibility of designing new facilities or modifying existing facilities, based on factors such as cost, available space, schedule, technical requirements, or ergonomics.
  • Develop or document reverse logistics management processes to ensure maximal efficiency of product recycling, reuse, or final disposal.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Working Conditions and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Education Required

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

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $77,040 with most people making between $47,280 and $108,600

Outlook

0.51%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 5,100 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 5,360 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 26 openings due to growth and about 74 replacement openings for approximately 100 total annual openings.



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