Texas Department of Public Safety Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspector, THP - Pharr in Pharr, Texas

Job Summary

Performs complex (journey-level) technical and regulatory work to identify and report safety compliance or noncompliance status of vehicles and/or vehicle operators to ensure their compliance with federal regulations and Texas statutes and regulations while operating on public highways and roads. Work involves conducting inspections and quality assurance reviews to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and agency policies. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiate and independent judgment.

State Classification #: 1323 State Classification Title: Inspector IV Salary Group: B15

The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met. 024, 45, OAP11, OAP14, 6033

General Duties:

Conduct safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles in accordance with federal regulations and State law.

Document identified deficiencies and infractions while placing the subject vehicles into an Out of Service status according to federally mandated guidelines.

Prepare notice to appear citations / warnings for violations of the motor carrier safety regulations and /or the hazardous materials regulations.

Examine the permits, licenses and registration records to ensure compliance with state / federal licensing / registration requirements.

Compose and complete a variety of documents (narrative reports, violation reports, written warnings, general correspondence, weekly reports, vouchers, etc.) as needed.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with commercial carriers, commercial operators, Department employees and the general public.

Respond to telephone, written or in person inquiries from the general public concerning commercial vehicle requirements.

Assist local and state law enforcement personnel on special investigations of commercial carrier operations and individuals regarding violations of the safety regulations.

Based on inspection findings, may refer a motor carrier for a compliance review in order to investigate their overall safety fitness.

May appear at hearings or testify before courts of jurisdiction.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

Education – Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent.

Experience – Two or more years of work involving customer interaction, clerical, mechanical or moderately technical work (part stock/sales; appliance repair, etc.) or other work that requires frequent mental activity and decision making.

A career ladder has been established for this position for advancement to the various higher salaries requires completion of various lengths (one [1], four [4], eight [8], twelve [12] years) of qualifying work experience AND the recommendation of Supervisory Staff.

After certification of successful completion of required training, the following are required:

Vehicle Inspection– Knowledge of the basic principles of commercial vehicle technology and the methods, practices, procedures and techniques related to the motor vehicle safety inspection program process, field inspections and investigations, and enforcement.

Computer Technology– Knowledge of the use of and operating procedures for personal computers.

Federal/State Laws– Ability to read, understand and effectively apply the content of federal and state laws, rules, regulations and procedures governing commercial vehicle safety.

Following Procedures– Ability to understand and effectively apply the procedures to be followed and the precautions to be taken in observing and collecting facts of a significant nature. And the ability to understand and effectively apply the basic rules of evidence.

Interpersonal Relationships– Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, commercial carrier owners, commercial vehicle operators, other Commercial Vehicle Inspectors, and the general public.

Regulatory – Ability to successfully conduct commercial vehicle inspections and re-inspections in accordance with established rules and regulations and to be able to comprehend, analyze and interpret applicable laws and regulations.

Motor Vehicles– Ability to detect improper or unsafe motor vehicle conditions and fraudulent or altered documents; and the ability to operate a motor vehicle in accordance with state statutes.

Communication – Ability to communicate and interact effectively, orally and in writing with commercial carrier owners and commercial vehicle operators in potentially stressful situations and to cite law, regulations and violations with firmness and tact.

Independent Thinking– Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, and to exercise diplomacy and patience in situations requiring their application.

Organization – Ability to effectively plan and organize duties, and to work independently with minimal direct supervision.

Equipment– Ability to safeguard assigned equipment and supplies.

Investigations – Ability to make accurate observations of conditions and occurrences and to identify significant items in the environment and to ascertain facts by personal contact and observation and the examination of reports and records. Ability to conduct visual surveillance using binoculars.

Report Writing– Ability to prepare detailed reports of field and office investigations and to develop appropriate conclusions and recommendations.

Confidentiality – Ability to maintain confidentiality of information encountered in the work activities.

Presentation Skills– Ability to instruct effectively in training sessions.

Office Equipment– Ability to operate standard office equipment such as typewriter, personal computer, calculator and copier.

Inspection Equipment– Ability to use small hand tools in association with inspection procedures. Ability to determine if commercial vehicle inspection equipment is being used properly.


The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sufficient strength to lift and/or carry up to forty (40) pounds on an infrequent basis a minimum of thirty (30) yards.

  • Sufficient physical mobility and manual dexterity to successfully perform the duties of the job.

  • Sufficient physical ability to perform duties adjacent to mobile or stationary commercial vehicle equipment, and/or commercial vehicles and on concrete, blacktop or other surfaces that become slippery from oil, grease, engine coolant, and other products associated with the transportation industry.

  • Tolerance to daily exposure to varying weather and temperature extremes and to tolerate commercial vehicle emissions, fumes and vapors, oil, grease, engine coolant and other products associated with the transportation industry.

  • Ability to bend, stoop and utilize a mechanic's "creeper" to maneuver under vehicles to visually inspect commercial vehicle mechanical components.

  • Ability to climb into trucks and trailers to check proper cargo binding and on to the top of transport tanks to check compliance with hazardous materials regulations.

  • Ability to distinguish between shading of color variations to detect counterfeit inspection certificates and/or related documents.


Valid driver license from state of residence.

Maintain current Certification in: North American Roadside Inspection, Hazardous Material Inspection, Bulk Packaging Inspection, Motor Coach Inspection, and all other training required for this position.

Must be able to obtain and maintain TLETS Certification within twelve (12) months of employment.

Supplemental information:

**DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group and state title will be transferred with no salary change.

DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group with a new state title may receive an increase up to 3.4%.

Salary is contingent upon qualifications and is subject to salary administration and budgetary restrictions.**


Travel:10% Number of Vacancies: 1

State of Texas retirees may be rehired for full-time, non-commissioned positions only under very specific circumstances.

Job Title: Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspector, THP - Pharr

Closing Date/Time: Tue. 11/01/16 11:59 PM Central Time

Salary: $2,816.65 - $3,648.80 Monthly

Job Type: Full-time, regular, may include shift work

Location: Pharr, Texas