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Freight and Cargo Inspectors - 53-6051.08

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Cargo Surveyor
  • Inspector
  • Marine Cargo Surveyor
  • Marine Surveyor
  • Petroleum Inspector
  • Surveyor

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • 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 ship 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Operations Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Supply Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Medic Specialist (Army - 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 Missions Aviation (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Missions Aviation Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Missions Aviation Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Missions Aviation Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Missions Aviation Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Missions Aviation 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