Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 093884

.Education and Experience: Education equivalent to completion of two years of coursework at an accredited college or university and experience equivalent to substantial (five or more years of) full-time photographic laboratory work.

Substitution of Education for Experience: None.

Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full-time photographic laboratory work may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: Maintain correctable 20/20 vision and color vision.

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview: Summary: Under general supervision, performs supervisory photographic laboratory technical work of considerable difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: An employee in this class supervises the aerial surveys and aerial photographic laboratory units. This class differs from Aerial Photo Lab Technician 2 in that an incumbent of the latter performs work of lesser scope and complexity.

Work Activities: Getting Information:

  1. Acquires aerial digital photographic imagery using large-format digital camera as requested by internal and external business partners as needed.
  2. Operates computer systems during flight to obtain real-time airborne GPS data to ensure accurate positioning information for acquired images as needed.
  3. Collects geospatial data, using technologies such as aerial photography, light and radio wave detection systems, or digital satellites to acquire all project-related information as needed.
  4. Receives job assignments via electronic or in-person communication.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:

  1. Assesses the performance of assigned subordinates and needs of the department to make decisions and recommendations including promotion, demotion, transfer and retention.
  2. Determines which images are acceptable for use and which ones need to be re-taken based on professional experience and judgment.
  3. Assesses flight path and elevation visually to ensure images are captured accurately during flight as needed.
  4. Judges the quality of vendor response to requests for service and information in order to make informed decisions regarding future selections and contractual relationships.
  5. Judges the quality of work of subordinates to facilitate learning and development and assess need for additional training.
  6. Evaluates imagery visually for errors and quality issues to ensure accurate and complete information is acquired.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:

  1. Evaluates image data visually and using camera-specific software to ensure compliance with project needs and standards.
  2. Evaluates exterior orientations to ensure compliance with project specifications and standards.

Coaching and Developing Others:

  1. Oversees and assists in the training of other employees in the use of relevant equipment and procedures for image and data acquisition and processing.
  2. Mentors less-experienced co-workers in departmental policies and procedures to ensure successful performance.

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:

  1. Answers technical questions for subordinates, peers, supervisors, consultants, or contractors to clarify project information, engineering solutions, and departmental rules, regulations, guidelines, processes, and procedures.

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information:

  1. Leads others in determining time, server space, and computation resources needed to complete projects.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems:

  1. Leads in responding appropriately to errors, such as troubleshooting technical and/or software malfunctions.
  2. Makes decision as to best location to attempt to acquire images based on in-flight conditions as needed.
  3. Makes decision to re-fly flight paths as needed to obtain higher quality images as needed.
  4. Resolves problems encountered by subordinates during daily work activities, such as equipment failures, staffing conflicts, and scheduling problems.
  5. Makes complex decisions related to the management of program operations, activities, and performance.
  6. Assesses the availability of aircraft and pilots to ensure adequate time and resources needed to complete projects.
  7. Researches, recommends, and selects new software or equipment to improve technical processes and capabilities.
  8. Utilizes search engines and departmental resources to find solutions to problems as they arise or to improve business processes.

Thinking Creatively:

  1. Assists in developing specialized computer software routines to customize and integrate image analysis.
  2. Retouches digital images using digital photography software to correct defects as needed.
  3. Develops and implements process improvement suggestions to streamline workflow and improve process cycle times and accuracy.
  4. Conducts brainstorming sessions to develop process streamlining initiatives and improve business practices.
  5. Develops spreadsheets, presentations, forms, form letters, memos, database queries, logs, and other systems as required to facilitate accurate data gathering, tracking, training, and dissemination.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:

  1. Identifies the cause of errors, problems, or defects relating to software, camera equipment, or procedural steps.
  2. Identifies new and innovative products, equipment, procedures, and processes to improve operations.
  3. Identifies potential survey control points using source maps, photographs, previous survey data, and computer records and provides information to ground survey team as needed.
  4. Examines ortho mosaics for defects, such as blooms, warps, spots, shifts, or blurs for repair and to ensure quality as needed.
  5. Analyzes aerial photographs and other resources to detect and interpret significant industrial, resource, or topographical data as needed.

Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment:

  1. Performs aerial triangulation using GPS post-processing software for calibration of camera and to ensure accurate position information as needed.
  2. Trains others to perform minor repairs on camera hardware to restore proper functioning as needed.
  3. Updates camera and computer software as needed and available to improve business processes.
  4. Maintains records of maintenance contracts for necessary software and equipment.

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:

  1. Generates S.M.A.R.T. goals for assigned subordinates to facilitate the performance management process.
  2. Provides feedback during the performance evaluation cycle to address subordinate performance.
  3. Provides motivation through positive reinforcement to promote a productive and efficient work environment.

Staffing Organizational Units:

  1. Conducts and/or participates in job interviews to select most qualified candidate.
  2. Identifies advancement opportunities for subordinates within assigned area.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:

  1. Explains business processes, procedures, and standards to subordinates as needed to ensure effective training.
  2. Interprets technical information and verbiage to management, peers, subordinates, and internal and external business partners to facilitate understanding, enhance communications, and ensure compliance.

Assisting and Caring for Others:

  1. Responds appropriately during emergencies as required.

Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment:

  1. Supervises and assists in the creation of training materials and procedure manuals to facilitate transfer of knowledge.

Scheduling Work and Activities:

  1. Schedules workload of self and others to ensure timely processing and account for current workload.

Developing Objectives and Strategies:

  1. Develops strategies and objectives for assigned program areas to enhance performance and improve organizational efficiency.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:

  1. Monitors employee work product to identify efficiencies and inform performance evaluations.
  2. Monitors performance of camera and computers in flight visually to ensure proper functioning of all necessary equipment as needed.
  3. Monitors progress of ongoing projects to ensure deadlines are met.
  4. Monitors weather forecasts and current conditions to determine whether a flight mission is feasible.
  5. Monitors the work environment to ensure policy compliance and risks are minimized.
  6. Monitors personal workstation and network servers to ensure proper operation and functioning of all systems.
  7. Monitors employee attendance to ensure all leave and attendance is processed accurately and approved in the database each pay period.
  8. Monitors the archiving of completed projects and the removing of archived projects from active storage ensure effective utilization of storage resources.
  9. Monitors the progress of image downloads to ensure download is completed as needed.

Processing Information:

  1. Performs color balancing using camera-specific software to ensure uniformity of appearance as needed.
  2. Oversees the extraction of GPS data for exterior orientations using GPS post-processing software to create data correlated with acquired images.
  3. Calculates latitudes, longitudes, angles, areas, or other information for mapmaking, using survey field notes or reference tables as needed.
  4. Supervises the identification and compilation of database information to create maps and extract tabular data in response to requests.
  5. Compares topographical features with images from aerial photographs, old maps, or other reference materials to verify the accuracy of their identification.
  6. Trims, aligns, and joins images to form photographic mosaics, maintaining scaled distances between reference points.
  7. Supervises the production or updating of overlay maps to show information boundaries on various base maps or at different scales.
  8. Creates image pyramids using photogrammetry software to facilitate faster image display and refresh rate as needed.

Documenting/Recording Information:

  1. Continually documents the performance of assigned subordinates to ensure accurate and unbiased performance evaluations.
  2. Stores completed images and exterior orientations in appropriate storage location, such as servers, external hard drives, or FTP sites for accessibility to internal and external business partners as needed.
  3. Supervises the backup of camera raw information for archiving and retrieval.
  4. Supervises the design and development of information databases that include geographic or topographic data for recordkeeping purposes.
  5. Oversees electronic records of accepted imagery from flights, flight paths, and progress of ongoing projects.
  6. Oversees the digitizing of analog archival film using optical scanning equipment to store historical images and data.
  7. Records necessary in-flight information such as take-off time, landing time, sun angle time, camera malfunctions, and weather conditions on paper to ensure accurate documentation as needed.

Interacting With Computers:

  1. Initiates download of data to server using electronic equipment as needed.
  2. Uses appropriate database tracking software specific to the state and agency as required.
  3. Uses office productivity software including but not limited to word processing programs, spreadsheet programs, presentation software, web-based email programs, instant-messaging programs, and search engines.
  4. Selects and print required digital images using computer software according to project specifications as needed.

Performing General Physical Activities:

  1. Crouches, stoops, and crawls under aircraft to maintain camera lens cap and glass as needed.
  2. Climbs into aircraft and take position in camera operator seat to prepare for flight as needed.
  3. Moves about inside aircraft during flight to operate equipment as required.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:

  1. Incorporates last minute and unscheduled tasks into current workload to ensure timely and accurate completion of work.
  2. Organizes and prioritizes workload of self and others using calendars, lists, and other facilitators to ensure timely and accurate completion of work.
  3. Assigns the planning or development of mapping projects.

Analyzing Data or Information:

  1. Oversees the creation of lists of images broken down by county for metadata to meet delivery requirements.
  2. Lays out and matches aerial photographs in sequences in which they were taken and identifies any areas missing from photographs to ensure complete acquisition of images.
  3. Reviews the information contained in flight logs and other software-generated reports to assess quality and efficiency.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:

  1. Resolves interpersonal conflicts between assigned subordinates to ensure a respectful and productive work environment.
  2. Maintains a respectful and productive work environment within the assigned work unit to minimize disputes and facilitate performance.
  3. Reports internal and external conflicts, complaints, and other issues to assigned supervisor or appropriate reporting authority as required.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:

  1. Coordinates with upper management, peers, and subordinates to facilitate equitable workload dissemination.
  2. Coordinates with pilots regarding potential flight days using phone, e-mail, or in person as needed.
  3. Coordinates with mechanics regarding maintenance schedules for aircraft and camera equipment, and transportation for camera equipment.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:

  1. Contacts vendors and other departments or divisions to obtain or provide required information, correct errors, and/or for clarification purposes.
  2. Present information about projects and processes at industry conferences or users groups to educate others about available techniques and capabilities as required.
  3. Provides remote sensing data to state and federal departments and agencies for use in addressing environmental issues, such as surface water modeling.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:

  1. Maintains professional working relationships with subordinates, peers, and upper management to ensure smooth and effective team operations.
  2. Networks with internal and external business partners to ensure open dialogues exist and to facilitate coordination and unified effort.

Developing and Building Teams:

  1. Models effective performance for co-workers and assigned subordinates to provide a role model, encourage success in others, and enhance trust.
  2. Encourages subordinates to pursue career development opportunities as a means of improving team performance.

Handling and Moving Objects:

  1. Transfers mobile storage device to and from workplace and aircraft, including using rolling cart as needed.
  2. Assists hangar mechanics in the disassembly and packing of camera and equipment for transport as needed.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:

  1. Leads consultations with remote sensing technicians, surveyors, cartographers, or engineers to determine project needs.
  2. Communicates work-related information to subordinates, peers, and supervisors to facilitate teamwork and coordinate effort.
  3. Receives notification from subordinates that projects have been completed and distributes project information as needed.
  4. Receives completed flight log regarding acquisition information from appropriate personnel to ensure accurate and complete documentation of work activities.
  5. Receives information from personnel of any canceled flights and reason(s) for cancelation for documentation purposes.

Performing Administrative Activities:

  1. Approves travel, time and attendance, training, and other related requests submitted by assigned subordinates to ensure compliance with departmental, state, and federal laws, rules, regulations, guidelines, processes, and procedures.
  2. Responds to emails, phone calls, and other correspondence as required.
  3. Logs personal time worked, projects worked, and leave taken on department-specific forms and in appropriate databases as required.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:

  1. Periodically reviews current departmental, state, and federal information sources to identify relevant changes in policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and best practices to ensure they are knowledgeable on the latest systems.
  2. Attends in-service training as required, and additional industry conferences, to ensure continual learning and current knowledge of the field.
  3. Attends agency-specific training as required to ensure compliance with departmental, state, and federal laws and guidelines.
  4. Arranges and attends vendor-provided training as needed to keep up-to-date on latest technology and best practices.

Competencies (KSA’s): Competencies:

  1. Peer Relationships
  2. Process Management
  3. Confronting Direct Reports
  4. Directing Others
  5. Functional/Technical Competency
  6. Drive for Results
  7. Organizational Agility
  8. Building Effective Teams
  9. Approachability
  10. Decision Quality


  1. Advanced knowledge of Computers and Electronics
  2. Advanced knowledge of Geography
  3. Intermediate knowledge of Engineering and Technology
  4. Clerical knowledge
  5. Knowledge of Mathematics
  6. Knowledge of Mechanics
  7. Intermediate knowledge of Communications and Media
  8. Basic knowledge of Administration and Management
  9. Basic knowledge of Personnel and Human Resources


  1. Active Learning
  2. Active Listening
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Mathematics
  5. Monitoring
  6. Reading Comprehension
  7. Science
  8. Speaking
  9. Writing
  10. Advanced Coordination
  11. Instructing
  12. Complex Problem Solving
  13. Equipment Maintenance
  14. Installation
  15. Operation Monitoring
  16. Operations Analysis
  17. Quality Control Analysis
  18. Repairing
  19. Troubleshooting
  20. Advanced Judgment and Decision Making
  21. Systems Analysis
  22. Management of Material Resources
  23. Management of Personnel Resources
  24. Advanced Time Management


  1. Deductive Reasoning
  2. Fluency of Ideas
  3. Information Ordering
  4. Oral Comprehension
  5. Originality
  6. Perceptual Speed
  7. Spatial Orientation
  8. Time Sharing
  9. Visualization
  10. Written Comprehension
  11. Written Expression
  12. Arm-Hand Steadiness
  13. Finger Dexterity
  14. Auditory Attention
  15. Speech Clarity
  16. Visual Color Discrimination

Tools and Equipment Used:


  1. Personal Computer, and Computer Servers
  2. Telephone
  3. Fax Machine
  4. Printer
  5. Digital Aerial Camera
  6. Basic hand tools for maintenance, repairs, and linear measurement
  7. Basic computer applications, such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and email programs
  8. Various software, including but not limited to, GPS, Design, Database, Analytics, Graphics and Photo Imaging, Desktop Publishing, Compression, Conversion, and Map Creation
  9. Various plotters, including analytical, large-format, and color inkjet
  10. Photogrammetric Scanners Data
  11. Multimeter/Voltmeter


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