Automobile Tester

Inspect automobiles and trucks at the state operated inspection stations.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$31,000 – $108,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Automobile Testers do?

Inspects automobiles and trucks at state-operated inspection station to ensure compliance with state safety requirements: Examines or tests specified components of vehicle, such as brake system, tires, lighting system, directional signals, steering, horn, and exhaust line for evidence of wear, damage, or improper adjustment. Applies inspection sticker to vehicles that pass and rejection sticker to those that do not. May prepare records on condition of each vehicle for follow-up action by owner or police. May perform duties of STATE-HIGHWAY POLICE OFFICER when not assigned to inspection detail. May arrest or direct the arrest of vehicle owners having illegal equipment installed on vehicle. May utilize mechanical, electronic, or electrical devices and instruments to determine condition of vehicle components.

Should I be an Automobile Tester?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Air Brake Tester

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