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53-6051.07 - Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation

Inspect and monitor transportation equipment, vehicles, or systems to ensure compliance with regulations and safety standards.

Sample of reported job titles: Car Inspector, Carman, Chief Mechanical Officer (CMO), Emissions Inspector, Inspector, Quality Assurance Inspector, Railroad Track Inspector, Safety Officer, Smog Technician, Transit Vehicle Inspector

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Inspect vehicles or other equipment for evidence of abuse, damage, or mechanical malfunction. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect vehicles or equipment to ensure compliance with rules, standards, or regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect repairs to transportation vehicles or equipment to ensure that repair work was performed properly. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify modifications to engines, fuel systems, emissions control equipment, or other vehicle systems to determine the impact of modifications on inspection procedures or conclusions. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform low-pressure fuel evaluative tests (LPFET) to test for harmful emissions from vehicles without onboard diagnostics (OBD) equipment. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct remote inspections of motor vehicles, using handheld controllers and remotely directed vehicle inspection devices. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare reports on investigations or inspections and actions taken. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Issue notices and recommend corrective actions when infractions or problems are found. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compare emissions findings with applicable emissions standards. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Investigate and make recommendations on carrier requests for waiver of federal standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct visual inspections of emission control equipment and smoke emitted from gasoline or diesel vehicles. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct vehicle or transportation equipment tests, using diagnostic equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify emissions testing procedures and standards appropriate for the age and technology of vehicles. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Investigate incidents or violations, such as delays, accidents, and equipment failures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Negotiate with authorities, such as local government officials, to eliminate hazards along transportation routes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review commercial vehicle logs, shipping papers, or driver and equipment records to detect any problems or to ensure compliance with regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach onboard diagnostics (OBD) scanner cables to vehicles to conduct emissions inspections. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Investigate complaints regarding safety violations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine carrier operating rules, employee qualification guidelines, or carrier training and testing programs for compliance with regulations or safety standards. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automobiles or cars — Passenger cars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automotive exhaust emission analyzers — Exhaust analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bar code reader equipment — Barcode scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Battery acid hydrometers — Battery test hydrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Battery testers — Battery charge testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Measurement calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor or platform scales — Platform scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Go or no go gauge — Go/no-go gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handguns — Service revolvers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Tire tread depth gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Floor jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Hydraulic automobile lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring wheels for distance — Distance measuring wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Flammable gas detection meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Opacity or dust or visibility sensors — Opacity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Handheld computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Precision rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Computer data input scanners; Onboard diagnostics OBD scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Side slip tester — Kingpin gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Speed sensors — Decelerometers; Digital timing lights; Stroboscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tachometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Steel measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Rotor gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire pressure gauge — Tire pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Truck or rail scales — Vehicle weight scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel alignment equipment — Wheel alignment gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel chocks — Wheel blocks See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Diagnostic scanner software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Aspen *; Commercial driver's license information system CDLIS *; Inspection Selection System ISS *; Past Inspection Query PIQ * (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Inspect motor vehicles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate transportation incidents, violations, or complaints. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend changes or corrective procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test materials, solutions, or samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare accident or incident reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolve issues affecting transportation operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect cables or electrical lines. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 90% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 72% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 66% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 63% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 44% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 46% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 50% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 38% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 45% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 25% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 39% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 31% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 36% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 20% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 42% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 34% responded “Extremely competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 23% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 30% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 26% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 30% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 27% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
58   High school diploma or equivalent Help
13   Less than high school diploma
13   Post-secondary certificate Help

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Transportation Inspectors.
Employment data collected from Transportation Inspectors.
Industry data collected from Transportation Inspectors.

Median wages (2014) $33.26 hourly, $69,170 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 26,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 11,700
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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