Summary Report for:
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
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
- Inspect vehicles or other equipment for evidence of abuse, damage, or mechanical malfunction.
- Inspect vehicles or equipment to ensure compliance with rules, standards, or regulations.
- Inspect repairs to transportation vehicles or equipment to ensure that repair work was performed properly.
- Identify modifications to engines, fuel systems, emissions control equipment, or other vehicle systems to determine the impact of modifications on inspection procedures or conclusions.
- Perform low-pressure fuel evaluative tests (LPFET) to test for harmful emissions from vehicles without onboard diagnostics (OBD) equipment.
- Conduct remote inspections of motor vehicles, using handheld controllers and remotely directed vehicle inspection devices.
- Prepare reports on investigations or inspections and actions taken.
- Issue notices and recommend corrective actions when infractions or problems are found.
- Compare emissions findings with applicable emissions standards.
- Investigate and make recommendations on carrier requests for waiver of federal standards.
- Conduct visual inspections of emission control equipment and smoke emitted from gasoline or diesel vehicles.
- Conduct vehicle or transportation equipment tests, using diagnostic equipment.
- Identify emissions testing procedures and standards appropriate for the age and technology of vehicles.
- Investigate incidents or violations, such as delays, accidents, and equipment failures.
- Negotiate with authorities, such as local government officials, to eliminate hazards along transportation routes.
- Review commercial vehicle logs, shipping papers, or driver and equipment records to detect any problems or to ensure compliance with regulations.
- Attach onboard diagnostics (OBD) scanner cables to vehicles to conduct emissions inspections.
- Investigate complaints regarding safety violations.
- Examine carrier operating rules, employee qualification guidelines, or carrier training and testing programs for compliance with regulations or safety standards.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches
- Automobiles or cars — Passenger cars
- Automotive exhaust emission analyzers — Exhaust analyzers
- Bar code reader equipment — Barcode scanners
- Battery acid hydrometers — Battery test hydrometers
- Battery testers — Battery charge testers
- Calipers — Measurement calipers
- Desktop computers
- Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators
- Digital cameras
- Floor or platform scales — Platform scales
- Go or no go gauge — Go/no-go gauges
- Handguns — Service revolvers
- Height gauges — Tire tread depth gauges
- Jacks — Floor jacks
- Lifts — Hydraulic automobile lifts
- Locking pliers
- Measuring wheels for distance — Distance measuring wheels
- Multi gas monitors — Flammable gas detection meters
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Opacity or dust or visibility sensors — Opacity meters
- Personal computers
- Portable data input terminals — Handheld computers
- Rulers — Precision rulers
- Scanners — Computer data input scanners; Onboard diagnostics OBD scanners
- Screwdrivers — Straight screwdrivers
- Side slip tester — Kingpin gauges
- Speed sensors — Decelerometers; Digital timing lights; Stroboscopes
- Tape measures — Steel measuring tapes
- Thickness measuring devices — Rotor gauges
- Tire pressure gauge — Tire pressure gauges
- Torque wrenches
- Truck or rail scales — Vehicle weight scales
- Two way radios
- Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters
- Wheel alignment equipment — Wheel alignment gauges
- Wheel chocks — Wheel blocks
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Diagnostic scanner software
- 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)
* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- 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.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- 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.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- 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.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- 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.
- 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.
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- 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.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- 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.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- 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.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Detailed Work Activities
- Inspect motor vehicles.
- Investigate transportation incidents, violations, or complaints.
- Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
- Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations.
- Recommend changes or corrective procedures.
- Test materials, solutions, or samples.
- Prepare accident or incident reports.
- Resolve issues affecting transportation operations.
- Connect cables or electrical lines.
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 90% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 72% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 71% responded “Every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 82% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 66% responded “Very important results.”
- Spend Time Standing — 63% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 44% responded “Very important.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 74% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 60% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 46% responded “Some freedom.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 50% responded “Some freedom.”
- Consequence of Error — 38% responded “Very serious.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 45% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 25% responded “Very important.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 57% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 57% responded “Every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 39% responded “Very close (near touching).”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 31% responded “High responsibility.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 36% responded “Important.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 20% responded “High responsibility.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 42% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 60% responded “Every day.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 64% responded “Every day.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 37% responded “Every day.”
- Telephone — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 49% responded “Every day.”
- Level of Competition — 34% responded “Extremely competitive.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 23% responded “Important.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 37% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 30% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 26% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 30% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 27% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|58||High school diploma or equivalent|
|13||Less than high school diploma|
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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|
|Employment (2012)||26,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Average (8% to 14%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||11,700|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.