Robot Inspector Aug. 2 2022| 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 of 18 at time of service)
    • Exceptions may be granted by event Volunteer Coordinators after review and approval by FIRST HQ
  • 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.


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 FIRST Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities