Frequently Asked Questions - Motor Carrier Compliance Officer - Cadet

Frequently Asked Questions

Motor Carrier Compliance Division Cadets

Q. What is the compensation associated with each Motor Compliance Officer (MCO) level?

A.

  • Cadet $28,634 annually. MCO1 $31,780 annually
  • MCO1 $37,000 (with POST certified peace officer with 24 months verifiable road experience )
  • MCO2 $40,314 annually
  • MCO3 $45,618 annually

Q. How long does it take to progress through each of the MCO levels?

A. It takes approximately four years with completion of required training to reach MCO3. Click on https://dps.georgia.gov/documents/mccd-career-path for additional details.

Q. When can I compete for promotions?

A. MCCD officers can compete for promotions after completion of MCO3 training requirements.

Q. What are the specific requirements for the physical test? A. The following events will comprise the assessment:

  • 1.5 mile run - 15:34
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  • Push Ups - 21 (in one minute, only hands and feet touch the ground, rest in up position)
  • Sit Ups- 30 in one minute (hands interlocked behind the head, rest in up position only)

Q. What can I expect while in Mandate school?

A. The Basic Mandate Academy includes the 404 hours of training required by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.). This includes ten consecutive weeks of intense training and studying.

Q. Are travel expenses provided while at mandate school? A. Travel costs including hotel, per diem, and mileage expenses are reimbursable and paid by the Department of Public Safety.

Q. What career paths are available within MCCD?

A. Career paths in MCCD include:

  • K-9 (Cargo Inspection)
  • SWAT
  • Compliance Review
  • New Entrant Safety Auditor
  • School Bus Safety
  • Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT)
  • Dive Team
  • HOV/HOT Lane Enforcement

Q. What specific training do I receive after Mandate School as I progress through the MCO levels?

A. MCO1

P.O.S.T. Certification

MCO2 North American Standard A Class Training Description: This course is designed to provide Federal, State Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) and local law enforcement personnel with the basic knowledge, skills, practices and procedures necessary for performing driver inspections under the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. Referred to as North American Standard Inspections, the course will focus on understanding federal regulations and applying them during a safety inspection of commercial motor vehicle operators. Objective: This course will instruct participants how to conduct a complete North American Standard driver inspection in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the North American Standard Inspection Procedure. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to perform a thorough inspection of a commercial motor vehicle operator.

North American Standard Class B Training Description: This course is designed to provide Federal, State Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) and local law enforcement personnel with the basic knowledge, skills, practices and procedures necessary for performing vehicle inspections under the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. Referred to as North American Standard Inspections, the course will focus on understanding federal regulations and applying them during a safety inspection of commercial motor vehicles.

Objective: This course will instruct participants how to conduct a complete North American Standard (NAS) vehicle inspection in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the North American Standard Inspection Procedure, incorporating knowledge that was obtained during the NAS Part A course. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to perform a thorough examination of a commercial motor vehicle.

Q. Will I be required to relocate to advance my career in MCCD?

A. No, you will not be required to relocate to advance your career. However, if you choose not to relocate, the opportunities within your geographical area may be limited.

Q. Will I get a take home car?

A. The department is currently deploying vehicles to all Motor Carrier Compliance Officers. We expect to complete this deployment by September 2013.

Q. Will I have to start out at a weigh station?

A. MCCD is currently reorganizing to enable all MCCD Officers to work at weigh stations and mobile on a rotating schedule.

Q. Will I have to work “swing shifts” or “night shifts?”

A. Yes, all MCCD Officers are required to rotate shifts including night shifts.

Q. Will I have to pay for mandate school?

A. No. The Department of Public Safety will pay for your certification.

Q. Will I be under contract to pay the State of Georgia the money back for mandate school if I don’t like this job?

A. Anyone who leaves voluntarily prior to one year of service with MCCD will be responsible for reimbursement of certification expenses.

Q. What kind of retirement does this job offer?

A. Please click on https://dps.georgia.gov/documents/retirement

Q. How long will I have to work for MCCD before I can retire?

A. You will be vested into the retirement system after 10 years.

Q. What is the hiring process?

A. Applicants must complete an online State Employment Application at team.georgia.gov/careers. You will be provided a background packet at a later date. Please take your time and provide responses to each item. DO NOT MAIL THE PACKET TO HR! We will direct you when to provide the background packet to Human Resources.

HIRING PROCESS

  • Application
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Background Investigation
  • Physical Fitness Assessment
  • Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) Entrance Exam. Applicant may be exempt from taking the P.O.S.T. Entrance Exam if they can provide documentation of test results that meet P.O.S.T. minimums in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 35-8-8.
  • Written Psychological Examination
  • Oral Interview
  • Medical Screening (Hearing and Vision Standards)
  • Drug Screening

Q. At what points do I receive salary increases?

A. Salary increases are given after satisfactorily completing each MCO level.

Q. How long will I have to work at Weigh Inspection stations?

A. MCCD Officers must have completed NAS A & B Standard Training before working Mobile positions.

Q. Do MCCD Officers have the authority to stop motor vehicles other than commercial vehicles? A. Yes. MCCD officers are responsible for enforcing laws that restrict HOV and HOT lane use. MCCD Officers are trained and certified in accordance with standards of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council, and have full arrest powers in the performance of their duties.

Q. Will the department allow me to adjust my schedule to continue my education?

A. Flexible schedules are provided in every Region, provided that business needs can be covered.

Q. Will my experience as a truck driver give me priority in obtaining a position as an MCCD Cadet?

A. No priority is given as a result of prior truck driving experience.

Q. How long is the Mandate academy?

A. The Mandate academy is 10-12 weeks long.

Q. Do I have to be POST certified to qualify as an MCCD Cadet?

A. No. If I decide to become a Trooper in the future, what are the steps involved?

  • Application
  • Physical Fitness Assessment
  • Written Psychological Examination
  • Oral Interview
  • Medical Screening (Hearing and Vision Standards)
  • Drug Screening All candidates must meet requirements set forth by POST.

Q. What benefits will I receive?

A. State employees are also offered access to health insurance, life insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance and many more benefits including a retirement plan. All state employees receive sick leave in the amount of ten hours per month. State employees also receive annual leave in differing amounts based on the number of years employed with the state. Minimum amount is ten hours per month going up to 14 hours per month.

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