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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 535C
Category: Science & Engineering


This is the senior, specialist, or leadworker level of the series. Positions at this level perform professional photogrammetric engineering tasks requiring independent judgment and action, and/or act as project leader for photogrammetric projects.

Typical Work

Project Leader for mapping programs/projects including: coordination with division/region engineering, planners, scientists; project scheduling; control and flight planning; aerotriangulation; compilation, edit and final publication or archive of map products/data; or serves as a lead on a secondary shift;


Lead compilation of precise 3D digital terrain models, planimetric, and topographic map detail of areas where extensive photo-interpretation and judgement is required;


Determine road alignments for engineering purposes, determines image point coordinates and manipulates the data through use of computers in 2D and 3D data formats and operates precision Stereo or digital Photogrammetric instruments;


Perform large-block analytical aerotriangulation adjustments for orthophoto and/or photogrammetric mapping projects or photogrammetric surveys;


Perform earthwork/quantity calculations to determine cuts/fills, stockpile volumes, quarry or pit removals, etc.;


Solve difficult and complex problems, conducts extensive analysis to locate errors including control identification, geodetic control and hardware and software malfunctions;


Participate in photogrammetric and geodetic surveys;


Prepare detailed technical reports with recommendations to supervisor;


Edit and evaluate photogrammetric work performed by consultants and perform necessary translations of their data for various Engineering Design Programs;


Administer training programs to photogrammetric trainees; determine the methods and techniques to be used, personally conducts special training classes;


Compile and produce data/maps necessary for photogrammetric retracement of General Land Office (GLO) surveys;


Design, create and implement computer programs for digital photogrammetric applications on various computer systems and in various programming languages;


Acquire, process, reformat digital or other photogrammetric data from USGS, USFS, city, county, or other sources for use in agency photogrammetric applications;


Perform field liaison, designs and prepares aerial photogrammetric projects, including flight planning, cost and time estimates, and checking aerial photography for geometric orientation and alignment;


May supervise lower level staff.

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. 


All positions require the ability to see stereoscopically and normal color perception.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require four years of experience performing professional photogrammetric tasks that includes operating precision photogrammetric instruments.


An associate degree in photogrammetry, cartography, civil engineering, geodesy, geography, forestry, or related field will substitute for one year of the experience.


A Bachelor's or higher degree in photogrammetry, cartography, civil engineering, geodesy, geography, forestry, or related field will substitute for two years of the experience.

Class Specification History

New class replaces 65479 Photogrammetrist 2;  effective January 1, 2006.