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Alcohol Breath Analysis Technician

  • Job Code: W2776
  • Pay Grade:WI
  • Pay Scale:$16.29-$29.36 Hourly; $33,883.20-$61,068.80 Annually
  • Exempt:No


Collect, test, and analyze alcohol breath samples to be able to testify in court concerning sample collection, analysis procedures, results, and actions.

Duties & Responsibilities

Note: Depending on assigned responsibilities, employees may perform some or all of the duties below.

  • Collect, test, and analyze breath samples from persons suspected of driving while intoxicated (DWI).
  • Operate video cameras and recorders to film sobriety tests of persons suspected of DWI.
  • Provide urinalysis test kits to law enforcement personnel, inform procedures to follow for test kit use, and provide a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Toxicologist form for specimen recording.
  • Testify in court to facilitate the understanding of basic alcohol physiological effects and the methodology, procedures, and results obtained from alcohol chemical testing.
  • Record, tabulate, and file sobriety videotapes and chemical tests for intoxication to maintain chain of custody.
  • Enter driving under the influence (DUI) citation information and breath analysis test results into the Citation Tracking System (CITS).
  • Demonstrate and explain chemical test and equipment to law enforcement personnel, the general public, and persons suspected of DUI.
  • Type correspondence, memos, labels, and reports.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Working knowledge of state and county laws, ordinances, and regulations governing alcohol breath analysis.
  • Working knowledge of court procedures and actions.
  • Working knowledge of safety measures in the use of alcohol breath analysis equipment and supplies.
  • Skill in the use of and care of alcohol breath analysis equipment and supplies.
  • Skill in making presentations to groups.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle difficult situations involving hostile individuals.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to collect, organize, and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions.
  • Ability to organize information into a logical presentation format.
  • Ability to maintain work-related records and prepare reports.
  • Ability and willingness to work rotating shifts to include nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.

Minimum Education & Experience

  • A high school diploma or possession of a GED certificate.
  • Possession of a valid State of Florida permit to conduct alcohol testing as a Breath Test Operator.
  • Successful completion of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Alcohol Breath Analysis Technician Trainee status.
Additionally, the following is required:
  • No driving under the influence (DUI) convictions within lifetime.

Required Pre-Employment Testing

  • A passing score on pre-employment testing.
  • 20 net words per minute on a typing test; or 70 gross keystrokes per minute with 90% accuracy on a data entry test.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Attendance at the specified Sheriff's Office work location is required.
  • Depending on assignment, employees may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 12 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • No dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation including criminal, reference, employment, and neighborhood checks; polygraph; medical evaluation; and drug screening.

General Benefit Information

Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
  • Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid training