Skills & Knowledge
Most Important Skills for Transportation Inspectors
- Controlling Quality—Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Monitoring Equipment—Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Reading—Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Operating Equipment—Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- 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.
- Maintaining Equipment—Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Managing Time—Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Monitoring Performance—Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Speaking—Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Thinking Critically—Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Most Important Knowledge Areas for Transportation Inspectors
- Mechanical—Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- 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.
- Computers and Electronics—Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Administration and Management—Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Engineering and Technology—Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Public Safety and Security—Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
- Education and Training—Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Clerical—Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
- Psychology—Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Different careers may be a good fit for your personality or interests. This career is:
- Realistic—Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Conventional—Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
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Describe Your Skills
People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.
- Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to find or fix problems.
- Collecting information from different sources.
- Evaluating information to determine compliance with standards.
- Operating vehicles or equipment.
- Performing general physical abilities.
- Making decisions or solving problems.
- Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
- Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events.
The following careers use skills, knowledge, and abilities that are similar to those used for Transportation Inspectors.
- Maintenance and Repair Workers
- Precision Agriculture Technicians
- Traffic Technicians
- Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
- Geological and Petroleum Technicians
- Energy Auditors
- Airfield Operations Specialists
- Mechanical Engineering Technicians
- Environmental Science Technicians
- Ship Engineers
- Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
- Bus and Truck Mechanics
- Electronics Engineering Technologists
- Environmental Engineering Technicians
- Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
- Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
- Forensic Science Technicians
- Real Estate Appraisers and Assessors
- Fire Inspectors and Investigators
- Gas Plant Operators
- Agricultural Inspectors
- Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
- Compliance Officers
- Construction and Building Inspectors
- Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
- Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics
- Motorboat Mechanics
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