Robot Inspector May. 10 2024| 0 KB

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

The Robot Inspector (RI) for FIRST Robotics Competition is a key volunteer position. Robot Inspectors perform mandatory robot inspections, including weight and size, to ensure compliance with robot rules. They determine inspection outcome decisions (pass/fail) and work under the directions of the Lead Robot Inspector. The RI provides technical support to teams to help to resolve issues with their robots. This is a physically active role.

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


  • Perform robot inspections and weigh-ins for each team assigned using the Inspection Checklist
  • Obtain mentor and student signatures on the Inspection Checklist and sign and date the Checklist when all sections are complete
  • Participate in deliberations regarding inspection decision issues
  • Assist with breakdown of robot inspection/weigh-in areas
  • If affiliated with a team(s), cannot inspect affiliated team’s robot
  • Any other tasks as directed by the Lead Robot Inspector

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience not required, but strongly preferred
  • Must be post-high school or equivalent
  • Minimum age: 18
    • Exceptions may be granted by event Volunteer Coordinators after review and approval by the local Program Delivery Partner
  • Two years of experience with FIRST Robotics Competition robot build experience strongly preferred
  • Mechanical and electrical aptitude required
  • Ability to follow and enforce electrical wiring diagrams
  • Ability to follow and enforce pneumatics diagrams
  • 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

  • Must pass online Robot Inspector Certification minimum one week prior to the event
  • Minimum 1 full day commitment (preferably on first day of inspections)

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.


Pre-event certification provided by FIRST HQ prior to the competition season. The Lead Robot Inspector conducts training onsite and provides guidance during the competition.

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

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


* Must read and comply with the Volunteer Handbook.