In keeping with its mandate, the University of Manitoba Transport Institute (UMTI) is committed to develop professional educational programs. In this context, a certificate program in logistics is timely and long overdue. The restructuring of the transport sector, and recent developments in the transportation and distribution industry have made the acquisition of professional skills and sophisticated knowledge in this field an urgent necessity. Logistics is now recognized as a vital cog in the operation of every business. In 1994, the Transport Institute tested the market through evening courses that were offered to members of the transportation industry on an Occasional Student basis. The strong demand for these courses, and the increasing inquiries and interest of the business community has provided the impetus to put forth the Certificate in Logistics Program.
Other developments related to Winnipeg's Gateway, such as Winnport Logistics, the formation of a local Winnipeg Airports Authority, and the efforts to develop the Mid-Continent Trade Corridor and NAFTA Superhighway Concept have added urgency to the development of professional training and education of Manitoba's transportation work force. Together, the trade and transport sectors constitute the second largest component of Manitoba's economy in terms of employment and contribution to the provincial GDP.
The support of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences for the Transport Institute recognizes the importance of transport and trade to this sector. The grain industry has always been dependent on efficient transportation, and as we now move to the production of value-added products in the wake of rail subsidy cuts, transportation and logistics takes on an even more important role. At the present time, 80% of the pork produced in Manitoba is exported out of the province. In the near future, exports could rise as high as 90%.
The Certificate in Logistics is offered in coordination with the Red River College (RRC) program Transportation and Distribution Management. To qualify for the Certificate, students will be required to complete eight of the thirteen courses offered in the program. Students will be able to select from nine courses offered through UMTI and four courses offered by RRC.
Six courses offered by UMTI match the curriculum of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT). Students who receive the Certificate in Logistics would be able to complete their CITT designation with preliminary courses offered at RRC or many other post-secondary institutions.
Most people working in the transportation industry have learned their "trade" on-the-job. The new reality is that industry can no longer afford to educate its staff this way, but the need for continuous learning has increased. Globalization and technological change have made logistics management the new competitive edge. To advance a career in this field now requires a new level of professionalism and formal education.
This program will be helpful to persons who wish to enhance their career in the transportation and logistics industry.
Our graduates will have the opportunity to work in the transportation industry in shipping, receiving, inventory, distribution, management and marketing positions in sectors such as:
- Airlines, railways, trucking, airports, pipelines, marine, etc.
Third Party Logistics Providers
- Freightforwarders, customs brokers, public warehousing, etc.
- Metal industry, woodworking, machinery, packaging, etc.
- Grain handling, food processing, feed industry, etc.
- Federal, provincial, municipal