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deeplyrooted  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:45:44 PM(UTC)
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Does anyone know what the duties of Motor Carrier Safety Specialist (Safety Investigator) are? Is it a job worth considering or taking a pay cut on due to future potential?
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#2 Posted : Friday, December 17, 2021 7:43:07 AM(UTC)
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Does anyone know what the duties of Motor Carrier Safety Specialist (Safety Investigator) are? Is it a job worth considering or taking a pay cut on due to future potential?


It's a great job for the pay. It is a non-law enforcement investigative job responsible for determining compliance with title 49 of the CFRs. They are credentialed civilian special agents either assigned to a division office or remote full-time telework positions. The job announcement will explain if it is a remote or a division office position. You will either come in as a GS-7 or GS-9 with a full performance level of GS-12 after a few years (typically no more than 3 years as long as you do your job). A majority of the work will be compliance investigations of risk-based motor carriers or drivers.

You must attend a 10-week academy, usually in Norman Oklahoma, but due to COVID, recent academies have been virtual with the investigator attending either from a division office or from home.

Here is the job description as listed on USA Jobs, it is pretty accurate:

· Analyze compliance review, enforcement, and inspection results, accident and incident reports, complaints, and other information to identify safety and compliance problems or trends among the motor carriers and shippers in the assigned State; assist in developing an annual area work planning guide consistent with national, regional, and division goals.

· Plan and carry out a schedule of safety, economic, security, and hazardous materials investigations of carrier and shipper operations; through personal interviews, examination of various records, and comparison with other known facts, determines whether the company is in compliance or whether the violations found indicate deliberate and conscious disregard of applicable regulations; makes a preliminary determination whether prosecution is warranted and evidence is sufficient to support enforcement action.

· Conduct investigations into alleged violations either as follow up to an investigation or in response to complaints; upon advice and approval by the supervisor, initiates enforcement investigations to develop supportive evidence of the kinds and volume needed to sustain criminal or civil forfeiture actions, cease and desist orders, or other proceedings.

· Plan and conduct unannounced roadside inspections of interstate commercial motor vehicles and driver’s documentation to determine carrier or driver compliance with applicable regulations; note deficiencies and declare out-of-service any vehicle or driver in accordance with the established Out of Service Criteria.

· Conduct in-depth investigations into the causes of highway accidents and hazardous material incidents involving motor carriers to determine whether applicable regulations or laws have been violated; develop information for use in furthering the agency’s accident prevention program.

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#3 Posted : Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:06:27 AM(UTC)
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Has anyone been referred from the last announcement? Had a friend apply on the last day. Is hiring generally in waves or just as needed?
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, March 1, 2022 6:30:00 AM(UTC)
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I see these jobs posted frequently. I recently applied for the most current listing. I have 10yrs experience as an Investigator, a BA degree with superior standing and strong writing skills and have yet been called for an interview.

Not sure what background they want when you apply for a GS-07 with academic standing plus the above investigative experience listed.

Does sound like an interesting and well needed job.

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#5 Posted : Monday, March 7, 2022 11:12:22 AM(UTC)
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They want ex-state troopers who were commercial motor vehicle enforcement people.

Or worst case scenario military folks who were involved in shipping.

I was in the 2nd group.

Hated it.
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#6 Posted : Monday, March 14, 2022 5:53:33 AM(UTC)
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How long did you do it for? Seems like they post often, either for recent grads or those with some experience.

Sounds like having a good mechanical aptitude and also LE skills would be needed.

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#7 Posted : Tuesday, March 15, 2022 12:58:38 PM(UTC)
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I did it for a year.

Here is my take.

It is an actuarial job, you spend most of your time looking for crossed t's and dotted I's.

There is real danger in the job. You are going into small businesses, most likely in someone's home and investigating their company in hopes of fining them. You are not a criminal agent, and you can not carry a firearm legally.

There were times my lead training agent let the person off with a warning, because he or she felt like the person would shoot us.

A commercial state trooper I worked with was murdered by a motor carrier. I knew the guy well, as we had worked on carriers together.

I personally hated it.

I had small children and was gone 10-12 days a month out of my area sleeping in a hotel. For a single person this might not be an issue. If you live in the capitol city of a state you might be able to work from home more often. I did not have that luxury. Most of mine were 150-200 miles away. If you live in a border state you will go into Canada or Mexico and work on carriers.

If you are looking for a good segway to get into the government and you don't have a family it is an ok deal.

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