Employment Opportunity

Firearms & Toolmark Examiner

Wisconsin Department of Justice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Salary: The starting pay range will be between $27.00 - $32.00 per hour

Final Filing Date: May 16, 2022

The entry level Firearms and Toolmark Examiner works under close progressing to limited supervision and reports to the Criminalistics Supervisor. The emphasis is in developing skills in working with and understanding the forensic processing of firearms, tool marks, serial number restoration, and other analytical procedures used in this unit; and developing an understanding of and applying the statutes, rules, regulations, administrative codes and standards required in the program area. Firearms Examiners may be in contact with outside entities and may have assignments which cross program lines. The supervisor reviews the work to determine the completeness or accuracy and adherence to policy.

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  • Firearm and Toolmark Examiners perform examinations and comparisons to determine matches of bullets, firearms, cartridges cases, firing pin impressions, and breech block markings.
  • These positions determine the serviceability of firearms in all cases, and establish the proximity of the firearm at the time of discharge.
  • Positions compare tool and toolmark impressions and apply restorative/reconstructive techniques to obliterated serial numbers and other identifying marks on a variety of objects.

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Minimally qualified applicants must have education, training and/or experience in the following:
  • Experience in a laboratory setting.
  • Knowledge of practices used for safe evidence handling.
  • Knowledge of firearms safe handling practices
  • Has had work experience(s) that were repetitive and required a high level of attention to detail and involved visual/mental tasks.
In addition to the minimum qualifications, a well-qualified applicant will have education, training, and/or experience with a combination of the following:
  • Experience applying scientific methods to independently process items of evidence.
  • Experience applying quality assurance and quality control procedures in a laboratory setting.
  • Completed a formal firearms safety training program or been trained through previous occupation. (Example: Hunter Safety Course, CCW course, Military or Police training programs)
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher that includes natural science courses, or comparable work experience.

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Posted: May 3, 2022

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