Geographic Info System (GIS) Technician Intermediate/Senior

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

The University of Michigan Facilities and Operations Information Services Department is seeking a GIS Technician Senior to join the Facilities and Operations Information Services team to create, update, maintain and analyze various datasets using ESRI ArcGIS Pro, FME, and other software programs.

Who We Are
Facilities and Operations has primary responsibility for the stewardship of the university's physical properties, including 37 million square feet of building space. We are responsible for sophisticated and complex academic, research, and clinical facilities, as well as associated environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance. F&O is a positive organization dedicated to the principles of being respectful, collaborative, solutions-based, and proactive. For more information about Facilities and Operations, please visit our website: fo.umich.edu.

About Facilities and Operations Information Services (FOIS)

FOIS?s mission statement is to provide the right information at your fingertips. FOIS specializes in the unique information systems, infrastructure, and business processes that help F&O effectively achieve its mission.

The list below showcases some of F&O?s most critical Information systems:

  • Building Information Management (BIM)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 
  • Construction Project Management 
  • Engineering Document Management System (EDMS)
  • Building Blueprints
  • Floor plans
  • Facilities Integrated Work Management System 
  • Power Plant Management
  • Training
  • Fleet management
  • Key and Access Control
  • Building Automation Controls
  • Visualization and Reporting Tools
  • Custom Software Development
  • Partner / Customer Support


  • Compile geographic data and attributes from a variety of sources including blueprints, field observation, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps
  • Create maps, utility networks, and web services using GIS software and related equipment
  • Gather, analyze, and integrate spatial data from staff and determine how best the information can be displayed using GIS
  • Meet with users to define data needs, project requirements, required outputs, or to develop applications
  • Analyze spatial data for geographic statistics to incorporate into documents and reports
  • Design and update database, applying additional knowledge of spatial feature presentations
  • Create Tasks, Arcade, and Notebook scripts
  • Enter new map data through the use of a digitizer or by direct input of coordinate information using the principles of cartography including coordinate systems, longitude, latitude, elevation, topography, and map scales
  • Analyze geographic relationships among varying types of data
  • Prepare metadata and other documentation
  • Move, copy, delete, and add files, drawings, and maps to output reports in hard copy or electronic transfer
  • Present information to users and answer questions
  • Retrieve and print stored maps
  • Conduct research to locate and obtain existing data
  • Maintain and comply with established internal controls

This position may work with and/or support systems that maintain or process sensitive institutional data as defined by university policy. Successful candidates must comply with federal, state, and local law, and/or university policies or agreements that require the university to implement specific privacy and security safeguards, including but not limited to ITAR, EAR, HIPAA, and FISMA

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field or formal education in GIS preferred; degree in geography, natural resources, Computer Science or related field; equivalent combination of education and experience or extensive professional experience as an advanced GIS user will also be considered
  • At least 3 years working with ESRI GIS systems
  • At least 3 years of working experience with GIS standards and applications, ArcGIS Pro, Portal, SDE Enterprise
  • Working knowledge of basic mapping and cartographic/GIS concepts; mathematical concepts, research methods, database design principles, basic graphic arts principles; customer service principles
  • At least 3 years working with FME and python in a GIS environment
  • Familiarity with Field Maps, Experience Builder, LiDAR manipulation, ArcGIS Indoors, and ArcScene
  • Experience with ESRI Utility Networks, Geometric Networks
  • Ability to prioritize and organize, works well under stress, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to change
  • Strong interpersonal skills to assist and communicate with staff
  • Must be able to perform field work, including climbing stairs, ladders, and rough terrain

Desired Qualifications*

  • High degree of computer literacy; strong proficiency in MS Windows and Google applications
  • Experience developing web-based GIS maps
  • Working knowledge of Tasks, Arcade, and ArcGIS Notebooks
  • Familiarity with databases for storing data, running queries, and creating reports
  • Working knowledge of utility systems and experience mapping them

Work Locations
It is the expectation that you will locate to a reasonable commuting distance from the Ann Arbor campus. Hybrid work agreements with a two day onsite requirement are an option, with regular occasions where you will need to report to an office in Ann Arbor; including meetings, training, computer or technology requirements, and to complete work that is not possible to handle remotely.  Work agreement options are dependent upon and subject to current university policy (and are subject to potential changes).  Travel to multiple locations on and off campus may also be required on occasion.



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