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Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation

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

    Work Activities
    • Inspect vehicles or other equipment for evidence of abuse, damage, or mechanical malfunction.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    Skills
    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $49,180/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $23.65/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 760
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    Tools
    • Wheel chocks
    • Speed sensors
    • Scanners
    • Lifts
    • Jacks
    Technology
    • Office suite software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.