You are browsing through an online marketplace, and within seconds your new laptop has made it to your online shopping cart – ready to be delivered within 24 hours. You are ravenously hungry and order your favourite pizza at the delivery service of your choice – and within 20 minutes you have it on your plate. All this is related to logistics. Without us realising it, logistical processes are constantly under way, everywhere. This also holds for the industrial sector that requires materials, energy and information – and this is where industrial logistics come into play. Industrial logistics connects procurement with production and distribution, from suppliers and customers to questions of proper disposal. And, of course, industrial logistics and environmental protection go hand in hand…
Requirements and interests: what we are looking for
How do you get a primary commodity from A to B? And how does C manage to deliver within only 24 hours? Are you interested in identifying answers to these kinds of questions? Excellent! If you are also excited about technology and business administration and enjoy dealing with communication and information technologies, the Industrial Logistics programme is right up your alley.
During your studies: what to look forward to
Before jumping into the international vastness of logistical systems, you first learn about the necessary basics in a 4-semester foundation course. Based on this, you start focusing on logistics management and process management. You are also trained in all the skills you need to plan, design and analyse tailor-made logistics. Business administration is part of this, of course, because “money makes the world go round.” Digitalisation is of particular importance for your studies. Information technology is a key area of your bachelor’s degree, and the ensuing master’s programme offers a framework for specialising in logistics management, logistic systems engineering, automation or computational optimisation. In case this sounds complicated, consider the example of a warehouse: you specialise in, say, how depots need to be set up in order for everything to be close at hand (logistics management). For the new warehouse robot to function according to needs, it requires an operative software and algorithms (computational optimisation). The robot’s software needs to function in accordance with its hardware to prevent it from banging against a shelf (automation). And instead of filling in inventories manually you learn all about digital warehouse management (logistic systems engineering).
Following your studies: what to expect
As a Montanuniversität industrial engineer you are set to work in an internationally connected sector along the entire value production cycle. And you are well prepared for future leadership positions. Potential employers range from industrial companies to logistics service providers; and you are equipped to promote the idea of sustainability in the universe of logistics more generally – through the development and advancement of concepts on climate-neutral transportation, for instance.