GIS/CAD Technician I

GIS/CAD Technician I




Department: Drain, Equalization, Planning & Economic Development Services, Register of Deeds, Facilities Management

Reports to: A designated supervisor or professional employee


Under general supervision, employees of this technical class perform duties such as: updating and/or creating maps and/or design drawings using geographic information systems (GIS) or computer aided design (CAD) technology; communicating with the public; conducting research; reading and/or interpreting maps, blueprints, survey documents, or sketches; proofing or comparing the information contained on maps/drawings with information from different sources; measuring distances, areas, perimeters, and angles; and uses computer applications to enter, query information.  Performs a wide-variety of mapping and engineering support activities as listed above, or performs a specific function on a full-time basis.  Employees may meet with other County and non-County personnel as work assignments dictate. On a technical level, may assist in resolving reported problems in the field. May be exposed to field conditions and confined spaces.




Communicates with engineers, contractors, developers, surveyors, planners, real estate representatives, local officials, utilities, general public, and others to answer questions about departmental operations and/or procedures. Serves as a liaison between field and office personnel.

Uses appropriate computational methods, existing source documentation, ESRI and/or Autodesk software tools to develop, populate and manage GIS and/or CAD data on behalf of a department and/or agency. May convert maps/design drawings and related information into different formats, including the interpretation of survey bearings and distances to properly input new data to appropriate GIS and/or CAD layer for reference.

Performs quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) on department-specific GIS and/or CAD data. Compares information on digital maps to hardcopy information and checks for accuracy.  Compares legal survey documents with current GIS and/or CAD information.

Provides access to department-specific GIS data through the GIS Utility.

Documents GIS and/or CAD data creation, management and quality assurance (QA/QC) procedures.

Meets with other departments and/or agencies participating in the County GIS program to discuss GIS data automation and management routines.  
Assists other employees within a department with access to, and development of, specific GIS and/or CAD data.

Produces high-quality maps and reports from GIS, CAD, and other related data. Queries, displays and produces hardcopy output from GIS and/or CAD data for information. Prepares/mounts visual displays to be used in presentations (e.g., maps, which are necessary in a legal case, drawings, which are presented to the Board of Commissioners). 

Performs other miscellaneous data input using a computer application (payment information, land record information, etc.).

Reads and reviews legal survey documents (e.g., property descriptions, deeds, mortgages, easements, rights-of-way, etc), tax descriptions, as-builts, construction plans, hand sketches, digital maps and other related information. Interprets the information found on these sources and checks for accuracy and consistency. In some cases, independent sources of data may be used to verify information. Corrects information on legal documents (e.g., deeds, mortgages, easements, assignments, etc.) and discharges mortgage documents if appropriate. Verifies cost and other estimates that are then presented to higher-level staff.

Performs calculations (e.g., area, distance, perimeter, etc.) using appropriate technical device. Verifies error of closure using appropriate device.

Travels to various locations throughout the county.








IMPORTANT NOTE: The primary purpose of this job description is to set a fair and equitable salary range for this job classification.  Generally, only those key duties necessary for proper job evaluation and/or labor market analysis has been included.  Other duties and responsibilities will be assigned by the supervisor.


Department: Drain, Equalization, Planning & Economic Development Services, Register of Deeds, Facilities Management

Reports To: A designated supervisor or professional employee



A. Required Minimum Qualifications

1. Possess an Associates degree in Engineering, Architecture, Planning, Geography, Surveying or a closely related field from an accredited college, university or technical school; AND

2. Have had at least (1) year of full-time experience performing computer mapping, engineering, community planning, surveying, property assessing or architectural work with a focus on GIS and/or CAD.  

NOTE:  Experience can substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

3. Possess a valid Michigan motor vehicle operator's or chauffeur's license.

4. Pass the complete examination, including the employment medical, established for this class.

5. Successfully complete the six-month probationary period.

B. Additional Desirable Qualifications

1. Considerable knowledge and experience with the techniques, practices, methods and procedures of computerized mapping and/or computer aided design.

2. Considerable ability to follow complex written and oral instructions on simultaneous assignments.

3. Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with county and local government administrators, other employees, and the general public.

4. Considerable knowledge of ESRI and/or Autodesk software modules.

5. Considerable knowledge of local government operations. 

6.   Considerable ability to read design drawings, maps, and sketches.


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7. Reasonable ability to sketch concepts for graphic representation.

8.   Reasonable ability to perform mathematical and statistical computations.

9.   Some knowledge of the techniques, practices, methods and procedures of land surveying, including the operation of modern electronic surveying instruments and traditional tools such as transit, level, and rod.

10. Considerable ability to make routine decisions in accordance with established departmental policies and procedures.

11. Reasonable ability to work under hazardous and difficult working conditions common to a building craft or mechanical field such as: high or confined places, high voltage areas and/or areas involving heat, offensive odors and dampness.

12. Considerable knowledge of and ability to practice standard safety techniques.


Must maintain a valid Michigan motor vehicle operator's or chauffeur's license.



 DATE:   01/16/01