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Working As A Logistics Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $72,759

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Engineer Do

Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

Duties

Industrial engineers typically do the following:

  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand methods that are applied and activities that take place in manufacturing and services
  • Figure out how to manufacture parts or products, or deliver services, with maximum efficiency
  • Develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient
  • Enact quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs
  • Design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning in order to ensure that products meet quality standards
  • Confer with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects

Industrial engineers apply their skills to many different situations, from manufacturing to healthcare systems to business administration. For example, they design systems for

  • moving heavy parts within manufacturing plants
  • delivering goods from a company to customers, including finding the most profitable places to locate manufacturing or processing plants
  • evaluating job performance
  • paying workers

Industrial engineers focus on how to get the work done most efficiently, balancing many factors, such as time, number of workers needed, available technology, actions workers need to take, achieving the end product with no errors, workers’ safety, environmental concerns, and cost.

To find ways to reduce waste and improve performance, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully. Then they use mathematical methods and models to design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements most efficiently.

Their versatility allows industrial engineers to engage in activities that are useful to a variety of businesses, governments, and nonprofits. For example, industrial engineers engage in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, conduct quality assurance activities to help businesses keep their customer bases satisfied, and work in the growing field of project management as industries across the economy seek to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

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How To Become A Logistics Engineer

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.

Education

Industrial engineers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology, or general engineering. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.

Bachelor’s degree programs include lectures in classrooms and practice in laboratories. Courses include statistics, production systems planning, and manufacturing systems design, among others. Many colleges and universities offer cooperative education programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year degree programs in industrial engineering that lead to a bachelor’s and master’s degree upon completion, and several more offer similar programs in mechanical engineering. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as a professor at a college or university or to engage in research and development. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative education plans combine classroom study with practical work, permitting students to gain experience and to finance part of their education.

Programs in industrial engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Industrial engineers use creativity and ingenuity to design new production processes in many kinds of settings in order to reduce the use of material resources, time, or labor while accomplishing the same goal.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineers create new systems to solve problems related to waste and inefficiency. Solving these problems requires logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the problems.

Listening skills. These engineers often operate in teams, but they also must solicit feedback from customers, vendors, and production staff. They must listen to customers and clients in order to fully grasp ideas and problems the first time.

Math skills. Industrial engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. In designing facilities for manufacturing and processes for providing services, these engineers deal with several issues at once, from workers’ safety to quality assurance.

Speaking skills. Industrial engineers sometimes have to explain their instructions to production staff or technicians before they can make written instructions available. Being able to explain concepts clearly and quickly is crucial to preventing costly mistakes and loss of time.

Writing skills. Industrial engineers must prepare documentation for other engineers or scientists, or for future reference. The documentation must be coherent and explain their thinking clearly so that the others can understand the information.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an industrial engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licenses from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Advancement

Beginning industrial engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training in classes or seminars. As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, industrial engineers may advance to become technical specialists, such as quality engineers or facility planners. In that role, they supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Obtaining a master’s degree facilitates such specialization and thus advancement.

Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work they do is closely related to the work of managers. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Logistics Engineer Career Paths

Logistics Engineer
Senior Logistic Engineer Senior Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Production Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Logistics Analyst Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Logistic Engineer Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Business Analyst Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager General Manager Account Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Project Coordinator Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Product Manager Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Operations Director
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Quality Manager Director Of Quality
Vice-President Of Quality
15 Yearsyrs
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Logistics Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.6%

Female

19.3%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

76.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Asian

10.6%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.3%

German

12.2%

Carrier

9.8%

Chinese

4.9%

Mandarin

4.9%

Czech

4.9%

Portuguese

2.4%

Turkish

2.4%

Yoruba

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Malayalam

2.4%
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Logistics Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.8%

Wayne State University

6.7%

Purdue University

5.9%

Michigan State University

5.2%

Texas A&M University

5.2%

Defense Acquisition University

5.2%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

5.2%

Strayer University

5.2%

Syracuse University

4.4%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

4.4%

Colorado Technical University

4.4%

Kansas State University

3.7%

North Carolina State University

3.7%

Webster University

3.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.7%

Central Michigan University

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%

Weber State University

3.7%

University of Alabama

3.0%
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Majors

Business

29.1%

Supply Chain Management

12.0%

Industrial Engineering

11.8%

Management

6.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Mechanical Engineering

5.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Computer Science

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.3%

General Studies

2.3%

Education

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Aviation

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.7%

Masters

32.0%

Other

16.2%

Associate

7.2%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.4%
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Real Logistics Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Logistics Engineer Wm Logistics, LLC Magnolia, TX Jan 27, 2015 $112,133
Logistics Engineer EURO-Pro Operating LLC Newton, MA Feb 19, 2015 $97,688 -
$110,000
Logistics Engineer III Goodman Networks, Inc. Plano, TX Apr 05, 2016 $94,869
Lead Logistics Engineer Schneider Logistics, Inc. Wayne, NJ Dec 02, 2016 $94,000
Lead Logistics Engineer Schneider Logistics, Inc. Wayne, NJ Feb 12, 2016 $94,000
Logistics Engineer All Clear Filters Inc. Burlington, MA Nov 12, 2015 $92,976
Logistics Engineer Wright Tree Service, Inc. West Des Moines, IA Sep 16, 2015 $90,501
Logistics Engineer, Customer Implementation Apttus Corporation San Mateo, CA Feb 20, 2016 $90,355
Logistics Engineer Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. Houston, TX Aug 23, 2016 $86,439
Logistics Engineer/Freight Management Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 29, 2016 $85,800 -
$98,000
Logistics Engineer Atlas Systems Inc. Princeton, NJ Aug 10, 2015 $81,685
Logistics Engineer Atlas Systems Inc. Princeton, NJ Mar 15, 2016 $81,685
Logistics Engineer (Industrial Engineer) Purolator International Inc. Jericho, NY Sep 09, 2016 $81,000
Logistics Engineer Yakit, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 15, 2016 $80,000
Logistics Engineer Hines Industries Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Apr 27, 2016 $67,704
Logistics Engineer/Solutions Analyst Idaho Material Handling, Inc. Boise, ID Jan 09, 2016 $67,600
Logistics Engineer II Transplace Texas, LP Lowell, AR Jan 09, 2016 $66,752
Logistics Engineer Cosmic Inc. Edison, NJ Apr 10, 2016 $66,269
Logistics Engineer Coty Us LLC Sanford, NC Aug 19, 2015 $66,000
Logistics Engineer Indoshell Precision Technologies, LLC Houston, TX Mar 25, 2015 $65,000
Logistics Engineer Nu Vision Products Inc. Bear, DE Sep 15, 2015 $65,000
Logistics Engineer Indoshell Precision Technologies, LLC Houston, TX Mar 24, 2015 $65,000
Logistics Engineer Ryder System, Inc. Georgetown, KY Sep 02, 2015 $58,443
Logistics Engineer England Logistics, Inc. Livonia, MI Jul 06, 2015 $58,000
Logistics Engineer Native American Logistics Worldwide, LLC Troy, MI Sep 09, 2015 $58,000
Logistics Engineer LHK Nutrition, Inc. CA Nov 02, 2016 $57,907
Logistics Engineer Express One Logistics, Inc. Bethesda, MD Sep 13, 2016 $57,283
Logistics Engineer Express One Logistics, Inc. Bethesda, MD Sep 16, 2016 $57,283
Logistics Engineer Hydro Pool and Spa, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Dec 31, 2015 $56,900

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Top Skills for A Logistics Engineer

DataCollectionProposalEffortsReliabilitySafetyILSLogisticsSupportAnalysisLifeCycleMaintainabilityDepotSupportEquipmentCostSavingsInitiativesAvailabilityVehicleConfigurationManagementTechnicalManualsDODManagementSystemUnitsTestEquipmentSigma

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Top Logistics Engineer Skills

  1. Data Collection
  2. Proposal Efforts
  3. Reliability
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Resided as the Action Officer for data collection regarding Facilities Planning issues for the NPDC Domain.
  • Developed manpower and budget estimates for proposal efforts on logistics projects.
  • performed various reliability and logistics engineering tasks for a developmental Navy Shipboard Protection System
  • Implemented stock rearrangement projects resulting to higher productivity within the warehouse floor while resolving work safety issues.
  • Researched and recommended design improvements to ILS Management Team and Government representatives.

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