Schneider Engineering Careers: How We Stay on the Cutting Edge

By Bob Gremley Apr 12, 2018
Schneider Engineering Leader Bob Gremley

Schneider prides itself on its innovation and its relentless quest for a better way to do things. Our award-winning Engineering department is just one of many areas responsible for that continued effort. Having been in operations research for more than 35 years — 20 with Schneider — I can attest to the unique culture and opportunities provided here.

Schneider’s engineering careers allow you to work for one of the largest operations research/logistics engineering departments in the country, enjoy the freedom to explore complex ideas that actually get implemented and get buy-in from leadership. Our CEO Chris Lofgren even comes from an operations research background.

Schneider Engineering Careers: Real Impact, Not Just a Think Tank

Our projects focus on determining the best ways to use data and analytics to improve processes, increase efficiencies and find the safest and most cost-effective ways to run our business. We get to build things that significantly impact not only profitability, but also people’s lives.

Featured Project: Getting Drivers Home on Time

We are in a tight freight market now and have many choices for freight. Some markets, though, don’t have enough inbound freight to get drivers home on weekends. We recently identified regions of the country where there were freight deficits on weekends and adjusted our load acceptance rules to capture more freight that is good for the drivers. These changes will improve the frequency of time at home for drivers while reducing the number of deadhead moves currently used to get them home.

What Else is Engineering Working on?

Our engineers address a wide variety of business opportunities. Here are some other major initiatives we’re currently working on:

  • Understanding and addressing the causes of driver turnover and accident risk
  • Development and implementation of a new dispatch model for our Tanker division
  • Redesign of our performance pay incentives for drivers
  • Development of a simulation model of our load acceptance processes to test new policies
  • Design and implementation of a new optimization model to set appointments for our intermodal customers.

As an engineer at Schneider, I have access to the latest software, plenty of data storage, and a supportive organization to implement results. Our TECH group is committed to high data quality, so we spend less time cleaning data and more time analyzing data.

Do you have any questions about Schneider engineering careers, or about the work our current engineers are doing?


About the Author

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Bob, a senior engineer with Schneider, has worked in operations research for more than 30 years. In that time, he has completed dozens of supply chain strategy projects on a consulting basis addressing facility location, inventory management, forecasting and warehousing operations. Over the last eight years, his work has focused on projects related to employee recruiting and retention, pricing, scheduling, forecasting, risk planning and operations, using a variety of operations research, statistical and economic analysis techniques.

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