Many products are sold, shipped, and received by weight, and some taxes are collected based on weight while road use is at times restricted to certain weight limits. To address these circumstances, there are weighmasters who verify the accuracy of weights before a sale or purchase. Whether employed by private businesses or governments, they deal with a variety of boxes of tiny parts, fuels, agricultural products, and other products and provide accuracy and certification.
Each day, weighmasters ensure that weighing is accomplished accurately and that certain scales and other equipment are operating properly and according to standards set by weight/measurement authorities. They also compute and collect fees when needed, maintain records documenting weights and fees, manage customer and government accounts, and work with customers, clients, and the government to troubleshoot problems and answer questions to maintain good relations. They must also ensure that proper scales are used and the materials being weighed can be accommodated appropriately. At a smaller level, they also ensure that certain products sold by weight – even in small consumer packaging – are measured correctly and consistently for sale to the public.
Weighmasters usually work indoors, although some scales for trucks and larger items may be located outdoors. Hours can vary by need, as some work during regular business hours while others work different shifts, and some weighmasters with specialized skills may work on-call on occasion.
Educational requirements for this position can vary and depend on the employer. Some employers require bachelor’s degrees while others do not, and general requirements include a mastery of weighing methods and their equipment, function, and repair. They must also gain certification/licensing from the appropriate agencies related to weighing and its techniques, laws, and regulations.
Use scales and weighing equipment to weigh materials, products, or other items, such as trucks.
Affix appropriate identification labels to products based on weight.
Keep accurate records of weight measurement.
Maintain accuracy of weight measurement by performing equipment inspections.