Transportation Vehicle, Equipment & Systems Inspectors
Also called: Carman, Chief Mechanical Officer (CMO), Inspector, Transit Vehicle Inspector
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Whether a vehicle has 18 wheels… or it’s the family car… somewhere along the way, a vehicle, equipment, and systems inspector will need to look it over to make sure it makes the grade for safety and other regulations. Vehicle inspectors typically work for a car dealership or a government agency, examining cars, trucks, and accessories to report on the condition of their parts. They also make sure there are no illegal devices on cars or trucks, such as those meant to get around auto emissions laws. These inspectors are trained to see beneath a gleaming exterior to identify prior damage that may compromise a vehicle’s safety. They also conduct test drives to make sure everything sounds —and feels—like it’s running smoothly. Physical strength may be needed to lift heavy equipment for some inspections. Inspectors usually have a high school diploma, and train on the job at a repair shop or factory, or take classes in automotive engineering at a technical or community college, or trade school. This is a job for someone who likes realistic, practical work— and the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to keep the roads a little safer, and the skies a littler cleaner.
What they do:Inspect and monitor transportation equipment, vehicles, or systems to ensure compliance with regulations and safety standards.
On the job, you would:
- 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.
Engineering and Technology
- movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- reading work related information
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- listen and understand what people say
- communicate by speaking
Hand and Finger Use
- keep your arm or hand steady
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Attention to Detail
- Concern for Others
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
- Commercial driver's license information system CDLIS
Office suite software
Analytical or scientific software
- Diagnostic scanner software
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