Motor Carrier Careers

Outside of troopers, the South Dakota Highway Patrol also offers careers in motor carrier inspection. Qualified applicants will have knowledge of the transportation industry, including mechanical characteristics of motor vehicles and vehicle safety inspection.


Job Duties

  • Weighing and inspecting private and commercial motor carrier vehicles
  • Selling highway use permits
  • Collecting fees
  • Writing citations for violation to ensure the protection of the public
  • Enforcement of motor carrier laws and regulations
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with the public
  • Compute fees using mathematical formulas and a calculator
  • Maintain composure in stressful situations
  • Take appropriate enforcement action
  • Interpret rules and regulations, explaining them to drivers and transportation company officials
  • Lift 75 pounds or more and climb up onto, around or under tractor-trailer rigs
  • Complete required reports
  • Communicate through the use of a mobile police radio
  • Administer preliminary breathe tests
  • Communicate information on state laws, policies and procedures clearly and concisely



Successful applicants will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction will not necessarily bar employment, but applicants may not have been convicted of a felony.

This position is required to work outdoors for extended periods of time during all types of weather conditions. Incumbent is required to climb onto loaded vehicles for purposes of inspecting cargo and measuring loads.

Position will require occasional court testimony. Travel will be required with possible overnight stays. Applicants must be able to be certified as a Motor Carrier Inspector (Certification Test administered after 300 hours of on-the-job training). Incumbent must be available to work varying shifts. Applicants must be willing to work a rotating eight hour shift since the post of duty is in operation 24 hours a day/7 days a week including some holidays. Applicant must successfully complete North American Level I Standards Inspection Training within two years of employment.



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