This six-course, application-based certificate program provides a solid foundation in all facets of supply chain network, operations management and cargo security. Students will address both domestic and global issues in supplier and customer relations, value-added product differentiation, cost management, customs/security compliance, and the basic professional skills required to succeed within this industry. These courses have been designed based on current industry needs and in consultation with logistics and supply chain leaders.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment in the transportation industry is expected to increase locally and nationally through 2012. Moraine Valley's district is located in a transportation hub which encompasses businesses tied to air, land, water, and rail. Students participating in this program will gain background for entry-level and trainee positions or, if currently employed in the industry, enhanced professional knowledge and career advancement potential.
Nature of Work—Supply chain management has evolved into a profession that values strategic thinking, analytical skills, and the use of technology-based tools. This field is fertile ground for talented individuals, regardless of gender and race. Supply chain management is an integrating function with primary responsibility for linking major business functions and business processes at various organizations within and across companies into a cohesive and high-performing business model. Supply chain managers are responsible for managing all supply chain functions, which may include, but are not limited to, production, planning, material procurement, inventory control, rate setting, outsourcing, channel partners, which can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers. A supply chain manager promotes alignment by understanding and communicating customer needs and requirements throughout the organization. Logistics management is the part of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective movement and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers' requirements.
Related Job Titles—Logistics Manager, Transportation Manager, Logistics Engineer, Supply Chain Manager, Materials Manager, Customer Service Manager, Consultant, Analyst, Inventory Control Manager, Procurement Manager, System Support Manager (MIS), Warehouse Operations Manager
Employment Outlook—Supply chain management/logistics offers excellent salaries, opens doors, and provides advancement opportunities to the prospective manager in countries around the world. It is a profession that is in great demand and has been cited as a hot career track and industry super sector. Transportation management is critical to successful supply chain management. Transportation can be viewed as the glue that holds supply chains together, and in today's "just-in-time" environment has become more important than ever.
Challenging factors that will affect the growth and development of supply chain/logistics over the next 10 years are:
Earnings—Examples of logistics positions with salaries for those with some experience (1-3 years) in transportation, distribution, logistics and/or an associate's degree include this range:
The median compensation in 2008 for executives with more experience and a bachelor's degree or better, which includes annual salary plus bonus, was:
Advanced degrees such as MBA produce higher salary offers than Bachelors and Associates alone.
For job and internship listings as well as job search assistance, please contact the Job Resource Center in the Student Services www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.