Inspection Manager Oct. 30 2020| 0 KB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition, Volunteer
Program: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Training, Volunteer

The Inspection Manager for FIRST Robotics Competition manages the paperwork and details associated with the inspection process and tracks the progress of all teams at the event through inspection. Provides support to the Lead Robot Inspector in prioritizing team inspections based on match schedule. Identifies issues and potential bottlenecks. Provides recommendations on physical flow of teams through the inspection station. 

*Must sign a Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement prior to start of service.


  • Assists with set-up of inspection station
  • Tracks progress of all teams through the inspection process, and ensures the information is accurately displayed
  • Performs robot weight and size checks as necessary, and helps sequence teams
  • Ensures team inspection status is current and prominently displayed
  • Provides info to Lead Robot Inspector and other key volunteers on progress and issues
  • If affiliated with a team, cannot make decisions about or inspect affiliated team’s robot
  • Watches over the pit while the Lead Robot Inspector is away from the inspection station

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience not required; team experience preferred
  • Must be post-high school or equivalent (minimum age of 18 at time of service)
    • Exceptions may be granted by event Volunteer Coordinators after review and approval by FIRST HQ
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong process orientation
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others & work as a member of a team
  • Ability to move about the facility and stand for long periods of time


Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Minimum 2 full day commitment (Districts)
  • Minimum 3 full day commitment (Regionals)

Note: Event schedules vary. Please check the event schedule and talk to your Volunteer Coordinator for detailed information on when you are expected to arrive. Volunteers should arrive on site 15-20 minutes prior to the start of every shift to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.


Lead Robot Inspector conducts training day of and provides guidance during the competition. Please review the following resource before the event: 

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

  • Direct Supervision: Lead Robot Inspector
  • On-Site Guidance: Volunteer Coordinator


* Must read and comply with the FIRST Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities