On the Job
Transportation Inspectors inspect equipment or goods to make sure that cargo or people are transported safely. They may work for railroads, airports, or other transportation industries.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Record service or repair activities.
- Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations.
- Investigate transportation incidents, violations, or complaints.
- Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
- Inspect aircraft or aircraft components.
- Test performance of aircraft equipment.
- Evaluate performance of applicants, trainees, or employees.
- Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
- Mark materials or objects for identification.
- Monitor cargo area conditions.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Working with a group or team.
- Exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
- Responsibility for outcomes and results.
- Working indoors in non-environmentally controlled conditions.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- High levels of competition.
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