Logistics Engineers


Education and Training Requirements

High School

Strong mathematical and science knowledge as well as business skills are needed for logistics engineering. Be sure to take math, science, business, and computer classes. The ability to write and speak clearly is also essential for working with others and presenting recommendations. English and public speech classes help to fine-tune reading comprehension and communication skills.

Postsecondary Education

Most logistics engineers have a bachelor's degree in engineering, logistics, or transportation. Other fields may be operations research, systems engineering, and industrial engineering. Bachelor's degree programs for logistics engineering may cover such topics as statistical quality control, engineering economy, warehousing systems, supply chain data analytics, supply management, and transportation and distribution systems. Schools that offer bachelor's degree programs in logistics and supply chain management include Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia; Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; and California State University, East Bay, among others.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Some companies prefer to hire logistics engineers with certification in certain specialties. Certification can demonstrate engineers' professional competence and show potential employers that they have good knowledge of logistics. Associations such as APICS, the International Society of Logistics, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals offer certification to logistics professionals. APICS offers certification programs such as Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP); Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD); and Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P). SAP America offers certification for logistics professionals in areas such as logistics execution and warehouse management.  Logistics engineers who work with Department of Defense acquisitions must be certified by the Defense Acquisition University.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Logistics engineers usually have three to four years of experience. Employers prefer to hire those with experience in improving production and distribution processes and reducing labor and costs. They must be knowledgeable about math and science principles in engineering. Logistics engineers must have strong knowledge of business operations and be well versed in logistics and analytical software programs. Excellent communication skills are needed to work well with others and present recommendations for logistics plans. They must also be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Those who do best in this job are analytical thinkers who pay attention to details and are thorough in their work. They are dependable, cooperative, and honest and ethical.