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Working As A Logistics Planning Engineer

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $86,020

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Planning Engineer Do

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.

Duties

Logisticians typically do the following:

  • Manage the logistical aspects of a product’s life cycle from design to disposal
  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and products
  • Develop business relationships with suppliers and clients
  • Understand clients’ needs and know how to meet them
  • Design strategies to minimize the cost or time required to transport goods
  • Review logistical functions and identify areas for improvement
  • Propose improvements to management and customers

Logisticians oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. They may direct the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies and personnel.

Logisticians use software systems to plan and track the movement of products. They operate software programs designed specifically to manage logistical functions, such as procurement, inventory management, and other supply chain planning and management systems.

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How To Become A Logistics Planning Engineer

A bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions, although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs. Industry certification and work experience in a related field is helpful for jobseekers.

Education

Logisticians may qualify for some positions with an associate’s degree. However, as logistics becomes increasingly complex, more companies prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many logisticians have a bachelor’s degree in business, systems engineering, or supply chain management.

Bachelor’s degree programs often include coursework in operations and database management, and system dynamics. In addition, most programs offer courses that train students on software and technologies commonly used by logisticians, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics. Logisticians can obtain certification through APICS or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE). To become certified, a logistician typically needs to have a certain amount of education and work experience and to pass an exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Prospective logisticians can benefit from previous work experience in a field related to logistics or business. Others gain work experience while serving in the military. Experience allows a worker to learn about products and supply chain processes. Some employers allow applicants to substitute several years of work experience for a degree.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Logisticians need strong communication skills in order to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.

Critical-thinking skills. Logisticians must develop, adjust, and carry out logistical plans. They often must find ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Organizational skills. Logisticians must be able to perform several tasks at one time, keep detailed records, and simultaneously manage several projects in a fast-paced environment.

Problem-solving skills. Logisticians must handle unforeseen issues, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

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Logistics Planning Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.6%

Female

25.4%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

52.1%

Asian

16.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

14.4%

Unknown

2.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Bulgarian

10.0%

German

10.0%

Macedonian

10.0%

Serbian

10.0%

Russian

10.0%

Italian

10.0%
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Logistics Planning Engineer Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

11.1%

Cornell College

7.4%

Northwestern University

7.4%

University of Phoenix

7.4%

Oklahoma State University

7.4%

Georgia College and State University

7.4%

Western Illinois University

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.7%

Santa Monica College

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.7%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.7%

Northern Illinois University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

Lehigh University

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

Parkland College

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%
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Majors

Business

23.5%

Supply Chain Management

9.8%

Mechanical Engineering

9.8%

Industrial Engineering

9.8%

Project Management

5.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

5.9%

Political Science

3.9%

Human Resources Management

3.9%

International Relations

3.9%

Small Business Management

3.9%

Psychology

2.0%

Metallurgical Engineering

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.0%

Design And Visual Communication

2.0%

Engineering Technology

2.0%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Computer Science

2.0%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Economics

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.3%

Masters

31.7%

Other

13.3%

Associate

8.3%

Certificate

3.3%
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Real Logistics Planning Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Logistics/Planning Engineer Worldwide Oilfield MacHine, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 21, 2015 $91,380
Logistics Engineer-Global Inventory Planning Guthy-Renker, LLC Santa Monica, CA Oct 01, 2015 $82,000
Logistics Engineer  Global Inventory Planning Guthy-Renker, LLC Santa Monica, CA Jan 20, 2015 $80,246
Logistics Engineer-Global Inventory Planning Guthy-Renker, LLC Santa Monica, CA Aug 08, 2013 $80,000
Senior Logistics/Planning Engineer Worldwide Oilfield MacHine, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 21, 2015 $74,100
Logistics Planning Engineer Work4CE, Inc. Erlanger, KY Aug 04, 2015 $72,800
Logistics Engineer, SC Planning & Optimization Coats & Clark, Inc. Greer, SC Sep 27, 2016 $70,470 -
$84,048
Logistics Planning Engineer Caterpillar Inc. East Peoria, IL Dec 17, 2012 $63,240
Logistics Planning Engineer American Block Company Houston, TX Sep 18, 2015 $63,000
Biogums Planning and Logistics Engineer CP Kelco U.S. Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2012 $62,000
Logistics Planning Engineer Geometric Americas, Inc. Decatur, IL Mar 01, 2012 $55,000
Logistics Planning Engineer Geometric Americas, Inc. East Peoria, IL Oct 01, 2012 $54,000

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Top Skills for A Logistics Planning Engineer

  1. SAP Warehouse
  2. Storage
  3. Material Flow
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked in logistical planning on modes of storage and placement on production lines per safety and union requirements.
  • Created desired state process documents using Mach1 Business Transformation guidelines.
  • Piloted and deployed in-house wafer re-processing project with annual direct cost savings of 0.5M to Factory.
  • Led 6 Sigma project for product routing optimization.
  • Set up control cycles in SAP software to ensure on time order and delivery of parts for scheduled production.

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