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

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


  • 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.

Technology Skills

  • 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)
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office

Tools Used

  • 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
  • Dynamometers
  • 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
  • Micrometers
  • 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
  • Tachometers
  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.

Work Context

  • 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.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
58%High school diploma or equivalent
13%Less than high school diploma
13%Post-secondary certificate

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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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 & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $34.68 hourly, $72,140 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 28,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 2,900

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