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Logistics Engineers

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • 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.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 72880/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 35.04/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 6,470
    • Yearly Projected Openings 650

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Multimedia projectors
    • Laser printers
    • Laser fax machine
    • Digital cameras
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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