Freight and Cargo Inspectors

OCCUPATION DESCRIPTION

Inspect the handling, storage, and stowing of freight and cargoes.

SKILLS & REQUIRED SKILL LEVELS
Core Skill Levels Required:
  • Reading Comprehension: 3.62
  • Writing: 3.38
  • Speaking: 3.38
  • Judgment and Decision Making: 3.25
  • Critical Thinking: 3.25
  • Monitoring: 3.25
  • Active Listening: 3.25
Supplemental Skill Levels Required:
  • Time Management: 3.12
  • Coordination: 3.12
  • Complex Problem Solving: 3
  • Social Perceptiveness: 3
  • Quality Control Analysis: 2.88
  • Operation Monitoring: 2.88
  • Management of Personnel Resources: 2.88
  • Active Learning: 2.88
  • Instructing: 2.75
  • Operation and Control: 2.75
  • Service Orientation: 2.62
  • Systems Analysis: 2.5
  • Learning Strategies: 2.5
  • Persuasion: 2.38
  • Mathematics: 2.38
  • Negotiation: 2.12
  • Systems Evaluation: 2.12
  • Science: 2
  • Operations Analysis: 1.75
  • Troubleshooting: 1.75
  • Management of Material Resources: 1.12
  • Management of Financial Resources: 1
  • Technology Design: 0.62
  • Programming: 0.38
CORE TASKS
  • 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.

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