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GIS Technician I

Huntsville Utilities

Huntsville,  Alabama
GIS Technician

Job Statement: This is an entry level GIS/Mapping position responsible for facility data review, input, integrity, and the posting processes of specific digital Utility Maps and data. Assists in the maintenance of the connectivity of our GIS’s network model. Prepares, converts and posts selected Gas, Water, and Electric facility designs received from Engineering Aides or as-builts received from Operations. Our goal is to supply accurate information to our internal users in a reasonable amount of time after construction is complete or system changes are made.

Essential Duties:

  • Include the creation and maintenance of accurate & detailed records of facility data, drafting of plans, standardized drawings, and specifications as directed.
  • The Technician is expected to learn and use the mapping systems to digitize, store, retrieve and plot facility system maps;
  • Performs editing of features and attributes in the GIS database.
  • Works alongside Engineers, Engineering Aides and Operations staff to maintain the facility system maps and records. This includes GIS files, data bases and paper files required to ensure the integrity the map and connectivity of the models. This work will be focused on the input/maintenance of more complex designs or as-builts.
  • Uses all available tools to ensure the accurate data modeling (including electric phasing, network connectivity, and feature ownership) for all of the company’s modeled facilities.
  • Performs field surveys as needed for data collection and verification of facility maps/models.
  • Required to provide timely and accurate mapping/modeling of assignments, this is crucial for the successful operation of the OMS.
  • Assists with training and support of less experienced personnel.
  • Operates a non-commercial company vehicle as necessary.
  • Performs map and data extracts and corrections to support our facility databases and engineering models. Produces specialty maps and/or HU specification drawings as required.
  • Makes field verification checks on the system to assure the accuracy and updates of the mapping system, facility records and drawings are an accurate to the field as-builts.
  • Promotes positive company image through good customer relations and prompt service.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

Education/Training/Certifications: High school diploma or equivalent. AS degree in Information or Technology Management, Computer Sciences, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Engineering Technology, Design Drafting Technology, Engineering Graphics, GIS or related field required. Or Formal trade school training in CAD is required.


In lieu of education: 2 years of experience in GIS or Engineering Drawing, design drafting or CAD/Windows Applications or 2 years in operations as a Utility Worker or above required.

Experience/Skills: Ability to demonstrate a considerable knowledge of GIS, understand data collection, data maintenance methods preferred. Experience in engineering drawing, GIS, design drafting or CAD/Windows Applications/experience preferred with degree. Prior utility experience, mapping and plan design, as well as knowledge of survey principles and methods desired and GTECH or Microstation experience preferred. Mapping experience preferred.

Physical Demands/Environmental Conditions: Occasional light field work, primarily sedentary office environment with repetitive work at computer keyboard.

Equipment: PCs, Plotters, Printers, and Servers. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Operating Systems, Bentley, Hexagon and ESRI.

Other: Work in a multi-discipline, team environment, striving to facilitate a cooperative, collaborative and proactive work environment within this and other Utility departments. The ability to understand, translate and communicate technical terminology in terms understandable to non-technical employees both orally and in writing is essential.

Job Specific Competencies

  • Accepting Direction
  • Demonstrating Initiative
  • Displaying Technical Expertise
  • Making Accurate Judgements and Decisions

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