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Motor Carrier Safety Specialist - Border Inspector

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration San Diego , CA 92101

Posted 4 months ago



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.


As a Motor Carrier Safety Specialist (Border Inspector), you will:
Conduct inspections of carriers equipment, drivers 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 nations 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.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)


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-2018-0164.
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 applicants 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.
DRIVERS LICENSE: You must drive a motor vehicle in order to drive to and from assigned trucking companies. You must maintain a valid State drivers 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.


Additional information


This position is subject to random drug testing as provided in the DOT Drug-Free Department Workplace Plan, DOT Order 3910.1.
Selective Factor to Qualify

  • LANGUAGE: You must be able to speak and write fluently in English and Spanish.
    Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review .


You must maintain certification as defined by FMCSA which consists of satisfactorily completing thirty-two (32) Level I commercial driver/vehicle Inspections annually (annually meaning every performance year).

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions.

Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.

The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.

Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.

To preview questions please .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

The following documents must be provided by the close date:

RESUME - Needs to be created within USA Jobs Resume Builder. It must show relevant experience, education and fully support the required specialized experience.
TRANSCRIPTS - If you are SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE, you must submit a copy of your college transcript.
VETERANS: Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility. it need not be official.
If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.
If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. An SF-15 is desired, but not required.
If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act(VEOA) ( you need to provide a copy of your last DD214,which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents:

your most recent performance appraisal,
the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration