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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 204P
Category: Information Services
Salary Range: 56
Abolished Effective: 08-14-2015


In a photographic laboratory, processes panchromatic, color and infrared photography utilizing automated electronic equipment. Produces glass plotting plates, restituted film transparencies, rectified color print enlargements and processed aerial negatives.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The majority of work assigned involves the reproduction of aerial photography through color photographic processing.

Typical Work

Analyzes aerial color negatives using color video analyzer‑translator to determine proper filtration factors for printing color enlargements from color aerial negatives; processes aerial color contact prints and enlargements using an automatic color print processor; 

Analyzes aerial color and panchromatic negatives using electronic densitometer in order to print panchromatic and color contact prints; 

Prints both glass and film transparencies for stereoplotters using electronic scanning/dodging printer processing; 

Selects and blends chemicals for the processing of color and panchromatic prints, glass diapositives, and film positives; monitors and maintains activity of chemistry in processors thereby ensuring that uniformly high quality of products can be sustained; 

Prints standard, scaled or rectified enlargements from aerial, continuous tone or line copy negatives using standard or autofocus, rectifier enlarger; 

Processes aerial roll film of various sizes and emulsions using automatic film processor; 

Performs calibration, preventative maintenance, minor repairs, adjustments, replacements when required to photo electronic instruments; 

May perform as photographer using aerial mapping camera, small format cameras, or metric‑terrestrial equipment on aerial or ground photography projects on an as needed basis; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  basic aerial photo‑lab techniques; capabilities of photographic laboratory equipment; characteristics of aerial film and paper materials and chemicals; geometrics required for rectification of aerial photography. 

Ability to: select the types of emulsion, chemistry, exposure and development to produce photo products of the quality required; work effectively in a confined dark area for extended periods of time; recognize and distinguish true color characteristics; perform aerial and ground photographic activities.

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

Three years of professional, commercial and/or industrial photography experience, which includes one year of Aerial Photo Laboratory experience involving subtractive color printing and use of color analyzer/translator.


Three years' experience as a Photo Technician 1, Aerial.

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class Effective June 30, 1967
Revised June 9, 1978 Revises definition and minimum qualifications, adds distinguishing characteristics
Revised April 14, 1982 General revision
Revised December 9, 1983 Title change (Formerly Aerial Photo Technician 2)
Revised new class code: (formerly 73620) effective July 1, 2007.