DOT compliance specialists are responsible for ensuring that a division of a company is in compliance with all rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, International Maritime Dangerous Goods, and International Air Transport Association. They must apply knowledge of these rules and regulations to ensure that all packages and materials are transported properly and according to regulations, and they also receive and answer ongoing checks and validations of rules and procedures for incoming transport.
DOT compliance specialists are tasked with on-site training of managers, drivers, and supervisors in maintaining paperwork for driving hours, DOT hazmat transport, and driver vehicle inspection reports. They must also ensure that all driver documentation management certifications are on-file and up-to-date, and some may perform audits at DOT-regulated sites and analyze paperwork and driver certificates which may fall under these categories. They may also be required to ensure that driver records of violations and other compensated work forms are filled out properly.
A high school diploma and at least two years of experience in administration of compliance with DOT regulations are minimum requirements for this position, and a college degree is beneficial but not necessarily required. Familiarity with computers and Microsoft Word and Excel is also necessary, and these specialists should expect a moderate amount of travel between job-sites. They typically work full-time hours, and some overtime may occasionally be necessary.