Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation
SOC: 53-6051.07


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
26,400 employed

Projected (2024):
26,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Air Brake Tester
  • Air Brakes Inspector
  • Auto Inspector
  • Automobile Tester
  • Automotive Technician
  • Automotive Vehicle Inspector
  • Brakes Inspector
  • Bus and Trolley Inspecting Dispatcher
  • Bus Inspector
  • Car Body Inspector
  • Car Examiner
  • Car Inspector
  • Carman
  • Chief Mechanical Officer (CMO)
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Detector Car Operator
  • Emissions Inspector
  • Emissions Testing and Repair Technician
  • Emissions Testing Technician
  • Engine Inspector
  • Equipment Inspector
  • Inspector
  • Journal Box Inspector
  • Locomotive Inspector
  • Maintenance Inspector
  • Motor Vehicle Inspector
  • New Car Inspector
  • Operations Inspector
  • Public Transportation Inspector
  • Quality Assurance Inspector
  • Rail Flaw Detector Operator
  • Railroad Inspector
  • Railroad Shop Inspector
  • Railroad Track Inspector
  • Safety Engineer
  • Safety Officer
  • Signal Inspector
  • Smog Technician
  • Station Inspector
  • Street Car Inspector
  • Tank Car Inspector
  • Tank Inspector
  • Track Inspecting Supervisor
  • Traffic Inspector
  • Train Inspector
  • Transit Vehicle Inspector
  • Transportation Inspector
  • Truck Safety Inspector
  • Tunnel Inspector
  • Visual Inspector
  • Watch Inspector
  • Way Inspector
  • Wheel and Axle Inspector
  • Wheel Inspector

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Conduct vehicle or transportation equipment tests, using diagnostic equipment.
  • Inspect repairs to transportation vehicles or equipment to ensure that repair work was performed properly.
  • Prepare reports on investigations or inspections and actions taken.
  • Issue notices and recommend corrective actions when infractions or problems are found.
  • 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.
  • Investigate and make recommendations on carrier requests for waiver of federal standards.
  • Review commercial vehicle logs, shipping papers, or driver and equipment records to detect any problems or to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate new methods of packaging, testing, shipping, or transporting hazardous materials to ensure adequate public safety protection.
  • Attach onboard diagnostics (OBD) scanner cables to vehicles to conduct emissions inspections.
  • Compare emissions findings with applicable emissions standards.
  • Conduct remote inspections of motor vehicles, using handheld controllers and remotely directed vehicle inspection devices.
  • Conduct visual inspections of emission control equipment and smoke emitted from gasoline or diesel vehicles.
  • Identify emissions testing procedures and standards appropriate for the age and technology of vehicles.
  • Identify modifications to engines, fuel systems, emissions control equipment, or other vehicle systems to determine the impact of modifications on inspection procedures or conclusions.
  • Monitor or review output from systems, such as Thermal Imaging Units (TIU) or roadside imaging tools, to identify high risk commercial motor vehicles for follow-up inspections.
  • Perform low-pressure fuel evaluative tests (LPFET) to test for harmful emissions from vehicles without onboard diagnostics (OBD) equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Barcode scanners
  • Battery charge testers
  • Battery test hydrometers
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Decelerometers
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial indicators
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital timing lights
  • Distance measuring wheels
  • Dynamometers
  • Exhaust analyzers
  • Flammable gas detection meters
  • Floor jacks
  • Go/no-go gauges
  • Handheld computers
  • Hydraulic automobile lifts
  • Kingpin gauges
  • Laptop computers
  • Locking pliers
  • Measurement calipers
  • Micrometers
  • Onboard diagnostics OBD scanners
  • Opacity meters
  • Passenger cars
  • Personal computers
  • Platform scales
  • Precision rulers
  • Rotor gauges
  • Service revolvers
  • Steel measuring tapes
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Stroboscopes
  • Tachometers
  • Tire pressure gauges
  • Tire tread depth gauges
  • Torque wrenches
  • Two way radios
  • Vehicle weight scales
  • Voltmeters
  • Wheel alignment gauges
  • Wheel blocks
  • Aspen
  • Commercial driver's license information system CDLIS
  • Diagnostic scanner software
  • Inspection Selection System ISS
  • Law enforcement database software
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Past Inspection Query PIQ
  • Vehicle identification number VIN database software
  • Vehicle inspection databases

  • transportation and material moving

    industry stats

    SOC: 53-0000

    Total Employed: 9,536,610

    Average Annual Salary: $35,160