Supply chains are complex systems that need to be engineered. Engineering occurs in the tools used to move and store products, to design facilities and optimize flow, and to design the entire supply chain, choosing where to locate facilities in order to create the most value at the lowest cost. Many logistics professionals have a background in civil engineering. Supply chain modeling comes from system dynamics, which was developed by an electrical engineer from MIT named Jay Forrester.
- Supply chains are complex systems, … and that means there's a lot of engineering involved. … And the engineering occurs at lots of different levels. … There are engineers who specialize in the tools we use … to move and store products. … Then there are engineers who design facilities … and optimize the flow of products. … But there's also engineering … that occurs at the level of the entire supply chain, … choosing where to locate facilities … in order to create the most value at the lowest cost. … And there are engineers who develop the software … to support all of these processes. … The best way to prepare for a lot of these jobs … is to get a degree in industrial, logistics, … or manufacturing engineering. … But when it comes to designing robots … and large automated systems, … you may be better off with a degree … in mechanical or electrical engineering. … For developing packaging, … you might want a degree in packaging engineering. … And if you're going to focus on software, … then you might want a degree in computer science …
- Explain the best approach for transitioning into a supply chain position.
- Determine the types of supply chain jobs that are the best fit for a given set of skills.
- Interpret the knowledge and skills needed for a supply chain job.
- Describe how to use resources for building a career roadmap in supply chain management.
- Identify concepts in building a professional development dashboard.