Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Wheel Inspector
  • Wheel and Axle Inspector
  • Way Inspector
  • Watch Inspector
  • Visual Inspector
  • Tunnel Inspector
  • Truck Safety Inspector
  • Transportation Inspector
  • Transit Vehicle Inspector
  • Train Inspector
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What They Do

  • Examine carrier operating rules, employee qualification guidelines, or carrier training and testing programs for compliance with regulations or safety standards.
  • Investigate complaints regarding safety violations.
  • Attach onboard diagnostics (OBD) scanner cables to vehicles to conduct emissions inspections.
  • Review commercial vehicle logs, shipping papers, or driver and equipment records to detect any problems or to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Negotiate with authorities, such as local government officials, to eliminate hazards along transportation routes.
  • Investigate incidents or violations, such as delays, accidents, and equipment failures.
  • Identify emissions testing procedures and standards appropriate for the age and technology of vehicles.
  • Conduct vehicle or transportation equipment tests, using diagnostic equipment.
  • Conduct visual inspections of emission control equipment and smoke emitted from gasoline or diesel vehicles.
  • Investigate and make recommendations on carrier requests for waiver of federal standards.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $76,740 with most people making between $43,130 and $124,030

Outlook

0.31%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 650 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 670 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 2 openings due to growth and about 18 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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