Lead Robot Inspector May. 10 2024| 0 KB

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

The Lead Robot Inspector (LRI) for FIRST Robotics Competition is a key volunteer position. The LRI oversees and performs mandatory robot inspection and weigh-in processes to ensure compliance with the current season robot design and construction rules. They train, supervise, and direct the Robot Inspectors and Inspection Managers; make final decisions regarding inspection decision disputes; provide general technical support for teams by helping to resolve issues with their robots; and ensure all teams are inspected and ready to play when matches begin.

The Lead Robot Inspector is submitted by the Volunteer Coordinator. Once submitted, the individual must be approved through FIRST; including the Chief Robot Inspectors. Once approved the candidate will be contacted and assigned by FIRST HQ.

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


  • Help recruit Robot Inspectors for your event
  • Work with your Volunteer Coordinator and assist as needed
  • Set up inspection and weigh-in areas
  • Perform robot inspections and weigh-ins using the inspection checklist
  • Obtain mentor and student signatures on the Inspection Checklist and sign and date the Checklist when all sections are complete
  • Ensure the robot inspection process supports the competition schedule
  • Assist Inspection Manager to complete inspection paperwork
  • Be present at the Driver’s Meeting to remind teams about inspections and the need to be re-inspected when making changes to the robot. Answer any questions from teams at that time
  • Lead deliberations with Robot Inspectors regarding inspection decision issues or discrepancies; makes the final decision (in case of a dispute, collaborate with FIRST or a Chief Robot Inspector if needed)
  • Determine need for re-inspections
  • Supervise, direct and act as a resource for Robot Inspectors
  • Break down inspection and weigh-in areas and pack for transport
  • Maintain consistency throughout the inspection process
  • Meet with the FIRST Technical Advisor and Head Referee throughout competition to discuss robot issues and other items that affect the competition
  • If affiliated with a team, cannot make decisions about or inspect affiliated team’s robot
  • Attend daily morning meeting conducted by the Event Manager
  • Be present on the field during elimination matches and be available to both the Head Ref and FTA for consultation
  • Only individuals who have been issued the FIRST role specific apparel may wear it for both official and non-official FIRST events
  • LRI’s are required to use the FIRST Slack channel and fill out the feedback survey after the event

Experience and Skills Needed

  • Minimum 2 years prior FIRST Robot Inspection experience required; 2 years prior team robot build experience required (exceptions may be approved by FIRST HQ)
  • Minimum age: 21 
    • Exceptions may be granted by FIRST HQ
  • Knowledge of robot inspection and other competition rules
  • Mechanical and electrical aptitude required
  • Ability to follow and enforce electrical wiring diagrams
  • Ability to follow and enforce pneumatics diagrams
  • Ability to "take charge", be assertive, but tactful
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others
  • Self-directed individual
  • Ability to move about the facility, and stand for long periods of time

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Lead Robot Inspector in-person training as noted below
  • Pre-event & post-event training calls
  • Must pass online Robot Inspector Certification one week prior to the event
  • 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 training is provided by FIRST HQ prior to start of competition season. May include: live and/or recorded web conferences, teleconference(s), manual and other support materials, and email communications. All LRI’s are responsible for watching LRI Training videos, reviewing presentation and training materials, and passing the Robot Inspector test each season.

All Rookie Lead Robot Inspectors must participate in training prior to serving as a Lead Robot Inspector. Existing Lead Robot Inspectors may be asked to participate in order to remain qualified. Any exceptions requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by FIRST HQ. 

The Lead Robot Inspector is expected to conduct training for Robot Inspectors and Inspection Managers for their event.

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

  • Support by Planning Committee, FIRST HQ, and Co-Chief Robot Inspectors
  • On-Site Support: Volunteer Coordinator


* Must read and comply with the Volunteer Handbook.