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GIS Specialist

American Electric Power

Tulsa,  Oklahoma
GIS AnalystGIS Technician


  • Provide advanced understanding of spatial analysis, data modeling, and database design. Apply technical expertise to establishing workflows and protocols to achieve project objectives. Task level oversite of GIS Technicians and Analysts.
  • Responsible for the consistency of the data in the GIS. Monitor data entry for consistency and accuracy and coordinate updates of applicable GIS.
  • Develop, assemble, edit and revise maps and map products using GIS cartographic concepts, principles and processes for various groups throughout the AEP organization.
  • Provide primary software maintenance including upgrades, patches, and database model changes.
  • Provide primary support to GIS users. Support includes both a technical understanding of the application and a functional understanding of the business the application supports.
  • Provide internet and web based support for AEP's on-line, web-based GIS.
  • Resolve business unit complaints with software and respond to suggestions for improvements and enhancements.
  • Work with technical staff to understand problems with software and resolve them.
  • Train employees in data entry, data manipulation, extraction of information from database, and GIS software applications. Assist in development of software user manuals.
  • Assure that the specific department's GIS interfaces with other corporate systems.
  • Provide leadership by initiating action and needed change; seeking opportunities to introduce innovation while maintaining operating efficiencies of the GIS system.
  • Integrates geographic, cartographic, remote sensing, and GPS concepts and principals in resource data management and displays them using windows-based systems, computers, global positioning systems and computer software that include cartographic data translation software.
  • Coordinates and supports the integration of global positioning system (GPS) data with the GIS, data research and purchasing
  • Assists in developing GIS standards with regards to symbology, processes' and incorporates those standards within the GIS organization.
  • Assists in developing strategies, processes and procedures for the further refinement and advancement of the GIS platform within the organization.
  • Meets and work with customers to support project development and needs using the GIS platform.


GIS Specialist - Grade 06

  • Bachelor's degree in GIS, Computer Science, Geography, Civil Engineering, Drafting or related field
  • 5 years of relevant work experience
    OR Associate's degree in GIS, Computer Science, Geography, Civil Engineering, Drafting or related field of study
  • 7 years of relevant work experience; OR
  • High School diploma/GED
  • 9 years of relevant work experience.

GIS Specialist Sr. - Grade 07

  • Bachelor's degree in GIS, Computer Science, Geography, Civil Engineering, Drafting or related field
  • 7 years of relevant work experience
    OR Associate's degree in GIS, Computer Science, Geography, Civil Engineering, Drafting or related field of study
  • 9 years of relevant work experience; OR
  • High School diploma/GED
  • 11 years of relevant work experience.

License(s)/Certification(s) all levels: Valid state driver's license.

Other Requirements - all levels:

  • Expertise in GIS foundation principals and methods, ability to identify or develop solutions to a variety of projects. Familiar with GIS best practices, including metadata standards, data storage and management, data maintenance strategies and QA/QC
  • Thorough understanding of data management principals, including database design, data archiving protocols, metadata creation, and overall data organization.
  • Ability to establish cartographic designs.
  • Providing project or task level quality control oversight.
  • Experience with web-based mapping (html, Java etc).
  • Understanding with GPS receivers and software to collect data.
  • Proficiency in database development concepts (Oracle or SQL Server).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel. Experience with Access and other Office applications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrate ability to work with others in supplying information and seeking assistance as necessary.
  • Demonstrate willingness and capabilities to assume leadership roles.
  • ESRI / ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Desktop / ModelBuilder/Python/R/Javascript/Arcade / Field Maps or Survey123 (for building custom mobile applications)
  • Background in Project Management or Agile/scrum framework
  • Strong hands-on knowledge of Esri product suite, including ArcMap Desktop or ArcGIS Pro
  • Working knowledge or Portal, ArcGIS Server,
  • Strong understanding of geodatabases (personal, file, and enterprise) and geodatabase editing
  • Ability to work with vector and raster datasets
  • Experience using and publishing ArcGIS Portal
  • Familiar with GPS data collection and data management
  • Experience working with different coordinate systems, map projections, and datum

Highly Desirable

  • Previous work with engineers and/or surveyors
  • Electric distribution, transmission or fiber data models
  • Experience using AutoCAD and DWG files
  • Experience using Google Earth and KMZ files
  • Familiar with LiDAR datasets and usage
  • Script building using Python or ModelBuilder
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS Dashboard, Field Maps or Survey123

Although the work designation is listed as Remote, please note a candidate's location must be approved. Not all locations will be approved. Preferred position location will be NEW ALBANY, OH or TULSA, OK.

Physical demand level is Sedentary

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