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Mission Critical Occupations - Border Inspectors

Safety Inspector

Overview

FMCSA inspector positions are stationed along the US/Mexico border ensuring compliance with FMCSA mandates related to international truck and bus safety. You will promote and enforce the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Hazardous Materials Regulations, and other applicable regulations thereby contributing to a reduction in injury, loss of life, and property damage involving interstate of foreign motor carriers/shippers.

image of border inspector guiding a truckDuties

As an inspector, your job will be to conduct routine inspections on commercial motor vehicles (trucks and buses) and drivers at a United States Port of Entry.  You will inspect vehicle equipment and documents to determine if the operation is  adhering to applicable safety regulations.  Essential tasks include gathering and analyzing documents obtained during inspections and preparing written inspection reports and enforcement actions.  This is an outside job that requires physical work such as climbing, bending, and lifting.
 

Essential skills of Inspectors are:
  • Communication:  written and verbal in English and Spanish
  • Physical ability to climb, bend, and reach 
  • Ability to perform tasks outside during inclement weather
  • Ability to make sound decisions on actions not governed by policy
  • Ability to assess documents and determine validity
  • Computer skills
  • Math -  ability to compute rates and percentages

Training

FMCSA invests in people.  New Inspectors can expect to benefit from a robust and lengthy training program which will include a 6-week academy and field training after.  Field training involves learning from an experienced Inspectors and others in a supportive environment.

Why work for the FMCSA?

There are many reasons. To begin, the job is complex and very challenging which keeps work exciting and interesting. Additionally, the work we do makes a difference. Ending your day knowing that you changed unsafe behaviors is rewarding.

As the average age the federal workforce continues to increase, succession planning is becoming more important.  The FMCSA has incredible long-term career/advancement opportunities which will provide many opportunities for those looking to reach their full potential.  FMCSA has a national presence offering opportunities throughout the country.

Work for an agency that has a mission that impacts every person that operates on our roadways.  Inspectors save lives by ensuring that vehicles operating on our nation’s highway are safe and have qualified drivers at the wheel.  

The Federal government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Hiring and advancement in the Federal government are based on qualifications and job performance. All qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors. 

 

    Last updated: Friday, February 25, 2022