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Freight and Cargo Inspectors

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Inspect the handling, storage, and stowing of freight and cargoes.

    Work Activities
    • Prepare and submit reports after completion of freight shipments.
    • Inspect shipments to ensure that freight is securely braced and blocked.
    • Issue certificates of compliance for vessels without violations.
    • Record details about freight conditions, handling of freight, and any problems encountered.
    • Write certificates of admeasurement that list details such as designs, lengths, depths, and breadths of vessels, and methods of propulsion.
    • Calculate gross and net tonnage, hold capacities, volumes of stored fuel and water, cargo weights, and ship stability factors, using mathematical formulas.
    • Advise crews in techniques of stowing dangerous and heavy cargo.
    • Observe loading of freight to ensure that crews comply with procedures.
    • Post warning signs on vehicles containing explosives or flammable or radioactive materials.
    • Recommend remedial procedures to correct any violations found during inspections.
    • Measure heights and widths of loads to ensure they will pass over bridges or through tunnels on scheduled routes.
    • Inspect loaded cargo, cargo lashed to decks or in storage facilities, and cargo handling devices to determine compliance with health and safety regulations and need for maintenance.
    • Measure ships' holds and depths of fuel and water in tanks, using sounding lines and tape measures.
    • Notify workers of any special treatment required for shipments.
    • Direct crews to reload freight or to insert additional bracing or packing as necessary.
    • Check temperatures and humidities of shipping and storage areas to ensure that they are at appropriate levels to protect cargo.
    • Determine cargo transportation capabilities by reading documents that set forth cargo loading and securing procedures, capacities, and stability factors.
    • Read draft markings to determine depths of vessels in water.
    • Time rolls of ships, using stopwatches.
    • Determine types of licenses and safety equipment required, and compute applicable fees such as tolls and wharfage fees.
    Skills
    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • 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
    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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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:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Initiative
    • Analytical Thinking
    Tools
    • Water samplers
    • Tape measures
    • Oil gun
    • Grease guns
    • Depth indicators
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Document management software
    • Data base user interface and query software