American Water Water Industry Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist (Ft. Hood) in Fort Hood, Texas
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit www.amwater.com.
Primary Role:* Responsible for gathering, producing, maintaining, analyzing, and reporting of Geographic Information System (GIS) data; preparing and updating maps and exhibits with GIS data sets; and using GIS data, applications, and tools to identify and solve problems for the engineering and operations staff. Utilize GPS to locate and field verify assets. Support asset management through a GIS-centric Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
Operate computer workstation to create and update maps for internal and external use utilizing latest ESRI software. Convert data collected from field operations into GIS database with proper and accurate spatial location. Maintain GIS attribute tables from data collected through various sources. Assure data consistency with company-wide standards and practices for data conversion and data maintenance in order to provide asset related metrics to decision makers.
Interface directly with capital and operations staff to confirm capital improvement projects are documented within the GIS data Coordinate with client to fulfill contractual requirements and requests. Perform routine data validation and QA/QC checks to ensure GIS data integrity. Generate reports and GIS exports to support business needs.
Assist with creation, maintenance and utilization of GIS-centric CMMS program through routine coordination with operation staff. Support the asset management program as needed including GIS – CMMS configuration, updating equipment tables and customizing the user interface.
Utilize mapping grade GPS to field verify and accurately locate assets and update GIS data accordingly. Configure GPS settings to collect location data within horizontal and vertical tolerance limits and post process GPS data as needed.
Continue to develop expertise in GIS. Participate in workshops, mtraining, or vendor presentations introducing evolving GIS technology, new products and upgrades. Perform other related functions to support the GIS program and other duties as needed.
Associate's degree or equivalent course work at a technical or vocational school, in geographic information systems, geography, planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, computer science, or a related field.
2-5 years’ experience in analytical and development functions of ntegrated GIS applications, preferably in a utility environment.
Detail oriented to conduct thorough analyses and evaluations, render and implement timely decisions and recommendations.
Ability to work independently and manage time across multiple projects and deadlines.
Ability to seek input/feedback and coordinate with other team members.
Good communications skills.
Proficient in use of tablet and hand held electronic devices.
Understanding of GIS software, topology/geometric network techniques, data model formats, and data conversion practices.
Working knowledge of GIS related software, desktop mapping, web mapping, GPS, and database/spreadsheet applications.
Knowledge of CAD and related software and GIS/CADD interoperability.
Familiarity with relational databases and working within a SQL enterprise environment
Certifications & Licenses:* Must possess a valid, active state driver’s license.
Work Environment:* Employee may be required to work indoor or outdoor work during seasonal heat and cold or other adverse weather conditions.
Travel Requirements:* Periodic local travel approximately 5% (e.g., conferences, training, support other projects, etc.)
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