Motor Carrier Specialist

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Are you familiar with:
- different types of commercial vehicles,
- basic commercial vehicle mechanics and
- mechanical terminology?

Do you shine under stress?

Are you a great communicator?

Are you able to work odd hours including weekends and holidays?

Then you are Motor Carrier Specialist material!

Motor Carrier Specialists work all over California. They travel to the facilities where vehicles are based and check for proper vehicle maintenance. They verify driver, controlled substances and alcohol testing and hazardous materials transportation requirements .


Knowledge of:

  • Proper use of the English language.

  • Mechanical terminology common to motor carrier personnel.

  • Automotive, bus, and truck mechanics.

  • Construction and equipment systems of different types of motor vehicles.

  • Standards of mechanical condition.
    Safe working practices, occupational safety practices, and accident prevention techniques.

Ability to:

  • Read, comprehend, and write English at a level required for successful job performance.

  • Read, comprehend, and follow applicable laws, rules, regulations, and departmental policies and procedures.

  • Communicate orally in public and on a one-to-one basis.

  • Write clear, accurate, and concise reports.
    Follow oral and written instructions.

  • Manage own time, prioritize tasks, and multi-task.

  • Work effectively in stressful situations.

  • Apply general rules and principles to specific situations.

  • Reach a conclusion by analyzing all available information.

  • Detect unsafe equipment and operating practices.

  • Use basic tools and safety equipment.

  • Perform inspections safely.

  • Perform mathematical calculations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and percentages, and to determine the appropriate formula to use in calculations.

  • Interact effectively with others and work as a team member.

  • Remember detailed job-related information.

  • Use maps.

  • Detect audible warning devices.

  • Maintain sufficient physical ability and dexterity to allow proper inspection of vehicles and cargo tanks.

  • Read small letters and numbers primarily associated with the inspection of commercial vehicles, including but not limited to small gauge readings and vehicle identification numbers.

  • Operate an assigned motor vehicle.

  • Anticipate and recognize problems and take effective action.

  • Use assigned computer and other computer-related hardware.  

Speak with a recruiter: 
Exam information: 916-843-3820
More information:

For additional information, contact the CHP at:
1-888-4A CHP JOB (1-888-422-4756)
TT/TDD 1-800-735-2929 EOE/ADA or by

Speak with a recruiter: 916-843-3275 or 888-422-4756
Exam information: 916-843-3820
More information:

Click here to download an application Standard State Application (Form 678)(PDF)
or, visit the California Department of Human Resources web site.


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