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Commercial Vehicle Inspection Specialist (6854)

Commercial Vehicle Inspection Specialist

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: QK46
  • Class Code: 6854
  • Established: 06/10/2010
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under close supervision, incumbent duties involve weighing and complete inspection of commercial type vehicles, with regard to the condition of vehicle components and systems, registration requirements, loading, required equipment, and compliance with the California Vehicle Code and other laws, rules, and regulations governing these vehicles, and performing other related duties.


Under close supervision, incumbents follow established safe working practices; establish and maintain good communication with driver; inspect driver's license, log book, documents, and driver's physical condition; perform routine inspections on commercial type vehicles to determine if they comply with weight, size, load containment/securement, hazardous materials, safety, and equipment requirements, and inspect and test all types of commercial vehicle components and systems for compliance with the Vehicle Code and other applicable laws and regulations, and refer violators to an enforcement officer for action; operate scale console to weigh commercial vehicles; monitor approaching traffic and select commercial vehicles for inspection; maintain logs, document inspections, and complete other job-related forms; check vehicle registration, permits, and shipping papers; assist an officer if an emergency arises; provide directions and information to the public and allied agencies; attend briefings and training days, and train new personnel to conduct inspections; and inspect commercial vehicles that have been involved in an accident.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


In the California state service, one year of experience performing duties in automotive or heavy equipment services and repair at a level not less than an Automotive Technician Trainee, Department of the California Highway Patrol.



One year of experience as an auto, truck, or construction equipment mechanic; bus driver; driver of any commercial truck which required a Class A or B driver license; or any position which required the knowledge of the mechanics, size-weight, registration requirements, or load and safety regulations of heavy duty commercial vehicles.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Different types of commercial vehicles and their components; basic commercial vehicle mechanics, i.e., the functions of parts and systems in commercial vehicles and how their components interact; and mechanical terminology.


Ability to: Represent the CHP positively to the public; work cooperatively with co-workers and members of allied agencies; be firm and tactful in dealing with the public; communicate effectively with the public, allied agencies, and co-workers; identify odors that indicate a violation or hazard; correctly use protective devices; hear sufficiently to safely and effectively conduct inspections; see fine details (e.g., small hairline cracks, small print on documents); perform under stress; have sufficient physical strength, coordination, balance, dexterity, and flexibility required to perform commercial vehicle inspections; sit and/or stand for extended periods of time; prepare clear, accurate, and legible reports and forms; read and comprehend written instructions, policies, procedures, maps, and complex laws, rules, and regulations; perform mathematical calculations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percentages to determine violations; operate a personal computer; use a calculator, ruler and tape measure; and work odd or unusual hours including weekends and holidays.

Special Requirements

Evidence of satisfactory arrest and driving records.

Special Personal Characteristics

Emotional control, tolerance for unpleasant working conditions (e.g., noise, exhaust fumes, confined spaces, extremes of temperature), attention to detail, and patience.

Drug Testing Requirement

Applicants for positions in this class are required to pass a drug screening test. Testing of current employees who are applicants in an examination or who are transferring is permitted only if the person does not have a current appointment to a class for which drug testing is a requirement.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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