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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 535B
Category: Science & Engineering

Class Series Concept

Positions in this occupational category perform professional photogrammetric map/data compilation, and preparation tasks.


This is the journey level of the series. Positions at this level perform professional photogrammetric engineering tasks. Positions perform under the direction and supervision of a higher-level Photogrammetrist.

Typical Work

Compile precise 2D and 3D planimetric and topographic maps/data of difficult areas where extensive photo-interpretation and judgment is required using precision stereoscopic or digital instruments; 

Determine the configuration of terrain surface in digital form; determines instrument coordinate positions of image points and prepares the data for electronic machine computation; 

Compile Digital Elevation Models (DEM's) and/or Digital Terrain Models (DTM's) for use in the production of orthophotos or generation of topographic contours, and volumetric calculations; 

Perform digital file translations and manipulations to accommodate various CAD, GIS, and Engineering design systems/programs; 

May assist in designing and preparing individual aerial photogrammetric projects; 

Perform editing of digital data; 

Perform aerotriangulation of small blocks/ flights/projects including point selection and marking, mensuration of photo coordinates; 

Perform computer adjustment and generation of final coordinate data;  

Produce mylar or paper manuscripts using computer driven plotter in color or black and white at various scales; 

Clean photogrammetric instruments; 

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 three years of experience performing technical photogrammetric map/data compilation, preparation, and other photogrammetric support tasks, one year of which must be operating precision photogrammetric instruments.  

An Associate's degree in photogrammetry, cartography, civil engineering, geodesy, geography, forestry, or related field may substitute for one year of the non-instrument experience.  

A Bachelor's or higher degree in photogrammetry, cartography, civil engineering, geodesy, forestry, or related field may be substituted for two years of the non-instrument experience.

Class Specification History

New class replaces 65478 Photogrmmetrist 1; effective January 1, 2006.