53-605108 – Freight and Cargo Inspectors

53-6051.08 – Freight and Cargo Inspectors

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

Prepare and submit reports after completion of freight shipments.

Inspect shipments to ensure that freight is securely braced and blocked.

Record details about freight conditions, handling of freight, and any problems encountered.

Advise crews in techniques of stowing dangerous and heavy cargo.

Observe loading of freight to ensure that crews comply with procedures.

Recommend remedial procedures to correct any violations found during inspections.

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.

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.

Direct crews to reload freight or to insert additional bracing or packing as necessary.

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.

Read draft markings to determine depths of vessels in water.

Issue certificates of compliance for vessels without violations.

Write certificates of admeasurement that list details such as designs, lengths, depths, and breadths of vessels, and methods of propulsion.

Calculate gross and net tonnage, hold capacities, volumes of stored fuel and water, cargo weights, and ship stability factors, using mathematical formulas.

Post warning signs on vehicles containing explosives or flammable or radioactive materials.

Measure heights and widths of loads to ensure they will pass over bridges or through tunnels on scheduled routes.

Time rolls of ships, using stopwatches.

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Hot Technology a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Measuring rods; Sounding lines; Ullage tapes

Portable electronic thermometers

Automatic samplers; Bottom samplers

X ray radiography examination equipment

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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.

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.

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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.

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Managing ones own time and the time of others.

Adjusting actions in relation to others actions.

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Being aware of others reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

The ability to see details at a distance.

The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.

The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards

Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others

Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Performing General Physical Activities

Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others

Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

Record details of deliveries or shipments.

Inspect cargo to ensure it is properly loaded or secured.

Record operational or production data.

Calculate weights, volumes or other characteristics of materials.

Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.

Monitor loading processes to ensure they are performed properly.

Recommend changes or corrective procedures.

Mark materials or objects for identification.

Measure product or material dimensions.

Measure the level or depth of water or other liquids.

Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.

Direct material handling or moving activities.

Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.

Time vehicle speed or traffic-control equipment operation.

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86% responded Every day.

Importance of Being Exact or Accurate

63% responded Extremely important.

83% responded Every day.

Structured versus Unstructured Work

61% responded A lot of freedom.

70% responded Constant contact with others.

52% responded A lot of freedom.

Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results

51% responded Very important results.

56% responded Once a week or more but not every day.

55% responded Every day.

42% responded Every day.

Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets

46% responded Every day.

In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

42% responded Every day.

58% responded Once a week or more but not every day.

Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable

42% responded Once a week or more but not every day.

44% responded Extremely important.

58% responded More than 40 hours.

Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled

32% responded Once a week or more but not every day.

54% responded Once a week or more but not every day.

Responsibility for Outcomes and Results

35% responded Moderate responsibility.

42% responded Once a week or more but not every day.

35% responded Very important.

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

36% responded Every day.

44% responded Once a week or more but not every day.

29% responded Very important.

Responsible for Others Health and Safety

40% responded High responsibility.

31% responded Once a month or more but not every week.

27% responded Very important.

Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting

48% responded Once a month or more but not every week.

49% responded Slightly close (e.g., shared office).

Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

38% responded Once a week or more but not every day.

41% responded About half the time.

38% responded Once a week or more but not every day.

42% responded Once a week or more but not every day.

Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelors degree, but some do not.

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.

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 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.

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Job requires developing ones own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Job requires being sensitive to others needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statisticsand. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). Projected job openings represent openings due to growth and replacement.

53-6051.08 – Freight and Cargo Inspectors

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