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Motor Carrier Safety Specialist - Border Inspector

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Department Of Transportation Douglas , AZ 85607

Posted 3 months ago

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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. You will plan and conduct inspections of carriers' equipment, drivers' documentation, insurance, and permitting during highway operations to ascertain compliance with safety and permitting standards.

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As a Motor Carrier Safety Specialist (Border Inspector), you will:

  • Conduct inspections of carriers' equipment, driver's documentation, insurance, and permitting highway operations to ascertain compliance with safety and permitting standards. Perform routine inspections at port-of-entry on commercial type vehicles (trucks and buses) to determine compliance with authority, registration, safety, and equipment system requirements. Inspections include detection of missing, worn or defective parts including braking systems; inadequate permitting and insurance; or drivers operating in excess of allowable hours of service or without the required documentation. Inspect vehicles transporting hazardous materials for compliance with all applicable shipping and handling requirements.

  • Perform inspections on all types of trucks and buses for safety hazards, reviewing carrier operating authorities and insurance requirements for evidence of violations of the regulations and explaining the regulations and program requirements to carriers or drivers found to be in noncompliance.

  • Research, evaluate, and interpret Federal Motor Carrier Safety and Hazardous Materials Regulations to individuals, industry, and other officials.

  • Recognize vehicle defects via visual inspection or by measurement with such instruments as the tire tread gauges; detect obvious discrepancies in records; cite the applicable regulations in violation; and propose practical means of problem resolution.

  • Prepare detailed written reports of inspections and investigations.

This is an ideal entry-level position for a recent college graduate with some post-graduate study, or a person seeking a second career with the Federal Government, wishing to do meaningful work to make travel on our nation's highways safer for all who use them. Excellent inter-personal skills are required. Some customer service/customer relations experience or a demonstrated ability to relate to all types of personalities in challenging, sometimes contentious, circumstances is essential to success. The ability to multi-task and adapt to changing mission demands and requirements is also essential for success. Above average communication skills are required.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Overnight travel, ranging from approximately 1 to 3 weeks per month, away from the official duty station is required in order to complete training assignments and perform official business. You are also required to travel to a foreign country; e.g., Mexico or Canada, to carryout work assignments. Travel card IS required.

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    2123 Motor Carrier Safety

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

  • Provide all required documents by closing date.

  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 60 days.

  • Announcement also advertised Merit Promotion: FMCSA.FO-2018-0162.

  • This position is NOT eligible for telework.


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • TRAINING: You must successfully complete a residential 6-week formal training course. Travel to and from this residential training will be paid as allowed by government travel regulations. Individuals who do not successfully complete the training academy may be separated from employment with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A background security investigation is required for all selected individuals. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • DRUG TESTING: Tentatively selected candidates are required to undergo urinalysis in accordance with DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test.You will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.
  • DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must drive a motor vehicle in order to drive to and from assigned trucking companies. You must maintain a valid State driver's license to perform these official duties.
  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: This position requires a considerable amount of physical activity involving regular and recurring periods of standing, bending, climbing, and stooping in and around large commercial motor vehicles in various weather conditions such as extreme heat and extreme cold. You will also be exposed to dirt, grime, grease, dust, high noise levels, and spilled or leaking hazardous materials on a recurring basis while performing inspections/investigations.
  • PASSPORT: Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain an official government passport and travel card. Travel may be involved including travel to Mexico and/or other foreign countries.
  • WORKING HOURS: This position may require shift work.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

You must also meet the following selective factor, you must be able to speak and write fluently in English and Spanish.

Education Qualifications Required: If qualifying solely based on education, your major of study must be accounting, business administration, business or commercial law, commerce, economics, engineering, finance, industrial management, statistics, traffic management, transportation, motor mechanics, or other fields related to the position.

For the GS-05, to qualify on Experience you must have one year of general experience equal or equivalent to the following:

  • Experience analyzing and evaluating factual data to interpret technical information, legal provisions, regulations, precedents, and general principles and concepts.

To qualify on Education, you must have:

  • a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree.

  • You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.

For the GS-07, to qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

  • Experience applying safety regulations governing commercial trucks and buses.

To qualify on Education, you must have:

  • One full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.

  • You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


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Motor Carrier Safety Specialist - Border Inspector

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Department Of Transportation