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Aerial Geomatics Surveyor

Date Posted:  Dec 4, 2021
Requisition ID:  281749



Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About Indiana Department of Transportation:
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) provides a dynamic workplace that serves Indiana citizens, improves our state’s quality of life, and enhances its economic opportunity. INDOT has a number of innovative programs and projects, including Public-Private Partnerships, Green Initiatives, and cutting-edge uses of materials and assets. As part of the State of Indiana, INDOT offers a competitive total compensation package, as well as outstanding work/life balance. Whether you are an established professional in the transportation field or just starting your career, INDOT has exciting and challenging opportunities for you.

The salary for this position is commensurate based upon education and/or work experience.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.


About the Job:

As an Aerial/Geomatics Technician, you will be responsible for terrestrial and aerial survey activities in support of imagery and lidar data capture operations. The position includes proficiency in both aerial sensor operations, primarily from unmanned aerial systems (UAS) platforms, and static and mobile ground-based operations. 

A Day in the Life:

  • Perform and assist in operations of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program and projects utilizing UAS;
  • Performs topographic and planimetric surveys for engineering/construction plans;
  • Collect topographic or other survey data in support of non-aerial campaigns using appropriate equipment and methodologies, including total-stations and terrestrial laser scanners. 
  • Operate LiDAR and imaging sensor equipment for data collection;
  • Prepare and process point cloud data; 
  • Acquire, process and QA/QC survey information in field and office, and prepare associated quality reports; 
  • Utilize flight plans and effective pilot communication to capture data and verify real-time coverage; 
  • Develop project file data for field use, as required;
  • Prepare and plot data using Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) software for the preparation of survey drawings; 
  • Sets up and operates equipment to obtain survey data and perform calculations for determination of precise measurements;
  • Operates technical survey equipment including automatic level, total station, electronic data collectors, robotic total stations and GNSS equipment in order to obtain survey data and calculate precise measurements and traversing and leveling operations (e.g., angles, distance, elevations);
  • Researches and compiles information from state, county and city records to complete field surveys; takes notes, searches records, land deeds and titles; prepares notes to present clear view of project; does mathematical computations and prepares time sheets and car mileage sheets;
  • Reviews and checks topography in order to verify accuracy, clarity and any unusual features;
  • Assists in contacting property owners to obtain permission to work on private property and in researching land titles and deeds for location of control points;
  • Performs hydrographic surveys in order to determine flow lines, banks and bottom elevations of lakes and streams;
  • Performs horizontal and vertical geodetic control surveys including precise traverses, triangulation and leveling;
  • Troubleshoot and resolve system failures sourcing assistance through established support channels with third party suppliers as necessary; 
  • Assist in planning activities such as the preparation of work plans and research into airspace, aircraft and logistics and review project information and survey plans prior to deployment to site. 
  • Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Knowledge and experience in operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones;
  • Working knowledge of GIS, LIDAR, GPS and other survey related technologies.
  • Considerable knowledge of surveying principles, techniques, theories and practices. Understanding of field survey procedures, GNSS survey equipment, survey data collection methods, levels of accuracy, sources of error, and in the operation of survey instrumentation; 
  • Must possess a valid Indiana driver's license;
  • Ability to apply principles to solve practical, everyday problems; ability to read, copy and record figures, and gather, collate and classify data;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs; 
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before customers, fellow employees, or various groups; 
  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as, area, circumference, and volume, and the ability to apply concepts of algebra, trigonometry and geometry; 
  • Willingness to travel across state on occasion and work away from office for short periods. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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