Commercial transport inspectors are in charge of checking the equipment that is used in airplanes public transportation systems and railroads to make sure there is no damage and that the equipment is in safe operating condition. They also prepare reports documenting that procedures are in place to ensure the safety of these systems and that they meet the guidelines of federal and state regulations for those who use them.
Aviation inspectors make sure that aircraft maintenance procedures are in place and that air traffic controllers as well as navigational and communication systems are in working order. Those who inspect airplanes usually work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Public transportation inspectors check buses and subways to make sure they have been inspected on schedule and that they are in good repair. Often they are in charge of investigating accidents and equipment failures.
Railroad inspectors check train equipment roadbeds and tracks to see whether anything needs repair. Once repairs are made they re-check to make sure things are working properly. The training and education that is required for these inspectors varies depending on the job but most inspectors start out working at lower levels and then move into inspector positions.
For example aviation inspectors may first work as aircraft mechanics who have a two- to four-year college degree government certification and a certain number of hours of instruction at an approved school. After several years of experience as an aircraft mechanic they may advance to an inspector position.
Likewise individuals who inspect public transportation and railroads must meet the requirements for those respective systems. The median annual salary all categories of inspector is approximately $48000.