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Transportation Inspectors - 53-6051.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people. Includes rail transportation inspectors, such as freight inspectors, rail inspectors, and other inspectors of transportation vehicles not elsewhere classified.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

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SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Advise crews in techniques of stowing dangerous and heavy cargo.
  • Calculate gross and net tonnage, hold capacities, volumes of stored fuel and water, cargo weights, and vessel stability factors, using mathematical formulas.
  • 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.
  • Determine types of licenses and safety equipment required, and compute applicable fees such as tolls and wharfage fees.
  • Direct crews to reload freight or to insert additional bracing or packing as necessary.
  • 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.
  • Inspect shipments to ensure that freight is securely braced and blocked.
  • Issue certificates of compliance for vessels without violations.
  • Measure heights and widths of loads to ensure they will pass over bridges or through tunnels on scheduled routes.
  • Measure vessels' holds and depths of fuel and water in tanks, using sounding lines and tape measures.
  • Notify workers of any special treatment required for shipments.
  • Observe loading of freight to ensure that crews comply with procedures.
  • Post warning signs on vehicles containing explosives or flammable or radioactive materials.
  • Prepare and submit reports after completion of freight shipments.
  • Read draft markings to determine depths of vessels in water.
  • Recommend remedial procedures to correct any violations found during inspections.
  • Record details about freight conditions, handling of freight, and any problems encountered.
  • Time rolls of ships, using stopwatches.
  • Visually inspect cargo for damage upon arrival or discharge.
  • Write certificates of admeasurement that list details such as designs, lengths, depths, and breadths of vessels, and methods of propulsion.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Calculate weights, volumes or other characteristics of materials.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.
  • Direct material handling or moving activities.
  • Examine condition of property or products.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Inspect cargo to ensure it is properly loaded or secured.
  • Issue certificates or licenses.
  • Mark materials or objects for identification.
  • Measure product or material dimensions.
  • Measure the level or depth of water or other liquids.
  • Monitor cargo area conditions.
  • Monitor loading processes to ensure they are performed properly.
  • Recommend changes or corrective procedures.
  • Record details of deliveries or shipments.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
  • Time vehicle speed or traffic-control equipment operation.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Air Transportation (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Air Transportation Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Airborne and Air Delivery Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Airdrop Systems Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Operations Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Supply Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Medic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Ground Transportation (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Transportation Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Transportation Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Transportation Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Transportation Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Transportation Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Inventory Management Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Mobility Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Motor Transport Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Motor Vehicle Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Petroleum Laboratory Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Petroleum Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Special Mission Aviator (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Apprentice, AC-130J (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Apprentice, AC-130U (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Apprentice, AC-130W (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Apprentice, CAA (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Apprentice, CV-22 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Apprentice, HH-60 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Apprentice, NSAV (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Apprentice, U-28 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Apprentice, UH-1/MH-139 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Craftsman, AC-130J (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Craftsman, AC-130U (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Craftsman, AC-130W (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Craftsman, CAA (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Craftsman, CV-22 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Craftsman, HH-60 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Craftsman, NSAV (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Craftsman, U-28 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Craftsman, UH-1/MH-139 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Journeyman, AC-130J (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Journeyman, AC-130U (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Journeyman, AC-130W (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Journeyman, CAA (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Journeyman, CV-22 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Journeyman, HH-60 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Journeyman, NSAV (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Journeyman, U-28 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Journeyman, UH-1/MH-139 (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Mission Aviator Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Traffic Management Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Admeasurer
  • Loading Inspector
  • Marine-Cargo Surveyor
  • Perishable-Freight Inspector
  • Perishable-Fruit Inspector