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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 204K
Category: Information Services


Performs the most technical functions of photographic reproductions, utilizing all photographic equipment and materials to produce all types of color copy negatives, transparencies, transparency duplications, and color photographic prints. Performs complex reproductions from line and continuous tone copy by producing half‑tone, duo‑tone, screening, and re-screening methods and procedures.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Assignments in this class may be distinguished from Photolithographer 1 assignments by including all kinds of color reproduction and advanced photolithographic techniques.

Typical Work

Operates color analyzer and enlarger to produce commercial color photographic contact and enlargement prints;

Operates process cameras to produce half‑tone, duo‑tone, and high quality line copy reproductions for offset duplication or film and paper reproductions, utilizing automatic processing equipment;

Uses electronic photographic equipment (densitometers and gammamatic unit) for determining proper exposure control of photographic materials;

Produces and duplicates color transparencies and negative film in various sizes;

Assists in the training of photolithographers in all phases of photographic procedures;

Performs minor maintenance and repairs on all photographic equipment;

Performs other work as may be required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: operation, adjustment, and maintenance of photographic equipment such as: process cameras, color enlargers and analyzers, densitometers, automatic film and paper processors, and professional cameras; methods and techniques to produce color photographic prints, duplicate transparencies, and quality line and half‑tone negatives.

Ability to: analyze and produce the desired or best possible product utilizing a variety of methods, techniques, and materials necessary to accomplish this product.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years as a Photolithographer 1.


Four years of experience in commercial or industrial photography, reprographics or photolithography, six months of which shall have been in the color photographic field.

Education in commercial or industrial photography, reprographics or photolithography may be substituted, year for year, for experience.

Class Specification History

Revised April 7, 1972; Revises minimum qualifications.
Revised November 9, 1973; Title change (formerly Reproduction Technician II, Highways), revises definition and minimum qualifications, adds distinguishing characteristics.
Revised June 9, 1975; Revises minimum qualifications.
Revised March 14, 1980; Code Change (formerly 0288).
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Photographic Technician 2), class code (formerly 26680), distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007. General revision revises typical work and minimum qualifications; effective July 1, 2007.