CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
FIREARMS EXAMINER TRAINEE
This is training level work learning the methods and techniques involved in the
examination, test firing, and comparison of a variety of firearms, weapons, cartridges, bullets
and similar evidence in order to classify, match, and identify them. As the training period
progresses and instruction decreases, employees perform increasingly difficult and more
responsible work approaching the full performance level.
Work is performed under the supervision of a technical firearms superior.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Receives instructions in examining, classifying and/or comparing firearms and
- Receives instructions on how to check files to ascertain if recovered weapons have a
previous record of being stolen or wanted as evidence.
- Receives instructions in test firing weapons, in restoring by chemical etching process the
identifying marks or numbers which have been removed or obliterated; in utilizing the
comparison microscope, and in taking photographs of ammunition employing photomicrographic
- Does extensive reading in professional journals and magazines.
- Learns how to testify in court.
- Prepare written reports of examinations of evidence.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
the operation and handling of firearms and ammunition.
- the makes, models, and characteristics of domestic and foreign firearms and ammunition.
- federal, state and municipal laws governing firearms.
- learn the principles, practices, materials, and equipment used in firearms and ammunition.
- maintain an effective working relationship with the public and associates.
- fire a variety of weapons safely.
- understand and follow oral and written instructions.
- maintain records and prepare reports.
- learn to testify effectively in court.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement
represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject
applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based
on training and experience requirements as approved on 5/84.)
- Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
- Two years experience in any of the following activities; identifying, classifying, repairing
and assembling firearms, or identifying ammunition.
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable
by the Personnel Department which has included education equivalent to the completion of the
twelfth school grade as an educational minimum.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Possession of a valid permit to carry a firearm issued by the Department of Licenses and Inspections during tenure of employment.
PAY RANGE: 13
Class Established: 5/1970
Latest Spec. Revision: 5/1984
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 6C02