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Freight and Cargo Inspectors
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 340

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $28.67 - $61.91

Typical Annual Salary: $59,600 - $128,800

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Prepare and submit reports after completion of freight shipments.
  • Inspect shipments to ensure that freight is securely braced and blocked.
  • Issue certificates of compliance for vessels without violations.
  • Record details about freight conditions, handling of freight, and any problems encountered.
  • 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.
  • Advise crews in techniques of stowing dangerous and heavy cargo.
  • Observe loading of freight to ensure that crews comply with procedures.
  • Post warning signs on vehicles containing explosives or flammable or radioactive materials.
  • Recommend remedial procedures to correct any violations found during inspections.

tools & technology

  • Depth indicators
  • Grease guns
  • Oil gun
  • Tape measures
  • Water samplers

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Document management software
  • Internet browser software
  • Office suite software
  • Word processing software

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