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GIS Technician

American Water

Delran,  New Jersey
GIS Technician

Primary Role
Read and interpret maps, and as-built drawings to locate, obtain, manipulate and understand digital land data, and manage data entered into a GIS database. Identify assets and update or create maps and customized geographic information systems (GIS) applications and manipulate data to serve a variety of purposes. Read and interpret maps, and as-built drawings to locate, obtain, manipulate and understand digital land data, and manage data entered into a GIS database.

Key Accountabilities

  • Identify and collect GPS points of company assets, including valves, hydrants, curb stops, meter pits, clean outs, and manholes. Research and find assets that have become buried or lost using drawings and locating equipment. Other duties may include occasional office work such as: research, cataloging, updating and/or editing data.
  • Manage as-built plans of completed projects and update system maps.
  • Ability to learn and understand the basic water and wastewater network structures as it applies to a network GIS configuration.
  • Responsible for reviewing engineering plans, and interpreting aerial imagery including maps that are sometimes inaccurate. Must be able to orient oneself within said map using GPS position, perform deadreckoning, compare reality, GIS, GPS, & sketches and route tables to assign the correct assets in the map to GPS positions taking.
  • Thoroughly review each block surveyed for items in map that are incorrect or need to be captured. Must be attentive, noticing missing/incorrect assets, premise, etc. Responsible for performing basic IT troubleshooting to address typical or unexpected computer communication problems that might affect GPS signal strength, Mobile Broadband, Bluetooth, Networks, etc.
  • Provide active feedback to GPS project manager. Due to the highly sensitive nature of the technology involved the workflow does not work with the same quality/ consistency everywhere all the time. Responsible to adjust workflow / learn new techniques as the process is improved through feedback.
  • Ability to perform these tasks while maintaining a culture of elevated safety through risk reduction in challenging work environments including poor weather, proximity to traffic, searching for assets in and under landscaping and other obstructions, etc.

Knowledge/Skills

  • Company standards and procedures.
  • Knowledge of water and wastewater construction techniques preferred.
  • Familiar with survey GPS equipment, ESRI Collector, RTK networks, and GNSS. Skills: ArcGIS suite of software.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Works well within a team, outstanding listening skills, ability to follow directions, and good customer service skills.
  • Ability to learn and understand the basic water and wastewater network structures as it applies to a network GIS configuration.
  • Responsible for reviewing engineering plans, and interpreting aerial imagery including maps that are sometimes inaccurate.

Experience/Education

Experience:

Minimum 1 year of GPS/GIS or related field work.

Education:

Associates or equivalent work experience.

Travel Requirements
Periodic local travel; occasional national travel (e.g., User's conference, etc.)

Work Environment
Outdoor and occasional indoor environment.

Certifications/Licenses
Current drivers license in good standing

Competencies

  • Champions safety
  • Customer obsessed
  • Cultivates innovation
  • Nimble learning
  • Drives Results
  • Collaborates

American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.



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