Industrial photographer (767-3) job description


Marietta, Georgia



Code: 767-3, LG: 15

Occupational Summary

Photograph industrial products, test-set ups, processes, personnel and activities with still cameras in a roving photographic capacity to produce pictures for the newspress, commercial publications, Company organs, engineering and manufacturing brochures and reports, and for other similar purposes.

Work Performed

Select camera, equipment, and materials to photograph Company personnel, visitors, and customer representatives; manufacturing, engineering, and related processes and tests; equipment; property; and other activities using press, view, aerial, and minature cameras considering time, location and nature of activity. Discuss photographic objectives, limitations, and considerations and advise interested parties accordingly.

Set up and adjust cameras and camera accessories and arrange mounting stands, ladders, lighting, and other related equipment on location to obtain quality reproduction of subject activity with proper grading, shading, and tone values. Operate cameras off Company property, in Company aircraft after first production test flights, in other Company and chartered aircraft, and on structures above ground level as required.

Develop and touch up black and white and color negatives and prints using appropriate processing solutions as required. Operate motion picture cameras after set-up has been made and under direction of others. Perform other related duties of no higher skill-level than described herein. Perform satisfactorily duties of Photographic Laboratory Technician classification as required.

Knowledge and Ability Required

Knowledge of still cameras and equipment and photographic reproduction techniques, methods, solutions, and processes. Exercise a knowledge of pictorial composition to portray effectively differing objectives under varying conditions.

Wage Compensation
March 19, 1962
October 2, l989 - Reissued due to labor grade increase only.
Reviewed and reissued by Company with no change in job description.
April 22, 1996


Marietta, Georgia



Code: 816-3

Occupational Summary

Photograph engineering drawings, other documents and illustrations material with photo-process cameras in an industrial photographic reproduction shop environment to produce precision-scale copies on various types of photo-sensitized materials for principal use in tool or product manufacture and in manufacturing, engineering and other technical brochures and reports. Set up and operate black and white print and Negative Automatic Processors and Linework Positive Printmaker. Duplicate engineering and tooling references on sensitized materials using a vacuum contact printer. Make dark room negatives, transparencies and related reproductions from all types of original drawings and negatives. Develop proper exposure of drawings to ensure maximum clarity of reproductions. Apply chemicals and water to transparencies to prepare drawings for heavy-up work. Enlarge drawings and opaque-out views as required.

Set up and operate color and black and white photographic laboratories, color slide cameras, recording cameras, color copiers, densitometers, enlargers, contact printers, vacuum frames, point light sources, color film processors, color print processors, oscillograph processors, motion picture processors, motion picture printers, aerial film processors and specially designed laboratory equipment.

Work Performed

Make negatives, transparencies and related reproductions and determine the type of negative best suited for reproductions required. Determine time and intensity of light exposure with respect to the quality of pencil sketches or drawings. Develop Litho-T negatives to obtain maximum quality for reproduction and set-up negatives in dark room to insure clear reproductions of even intensity.

Position Litho-T negative in vacuum frame for proper time exposure to carbon arc lights and apply water to eliminate unexposed emulsion. Immerse transparency in developing bath and apply proper amount of water preliminary to water-gunning.

Scrutinize transparencies to determine necessity for water-gunning plugged lines, figures, obscure rivet locations and other inaccuracies in line or drawing definition to bring out maximum clarity of reproductions for heavy-up purposes.

Enlarge drawings, delete parts to be changed and perform related functions to reflect engineering changes.

Set up graphic arts, template and other type photo-process cameras. Select related accessories such as lenses, filters, exposure controls and lighting effects; position subjects to be photographed and adjust film plane, lens plane and subject plane to produce precision-scale photographic copies in critical focus and with proper grading, shading and tone values.

Expose photographic negatives for proper exposure time and on to selected photosensitized materials such as film, metal, cloth, paper and plastic to produce final positive copies. Make reverse reading reproductions to exacting tolerances by compensating for refraction and other related errors. Process, treat and dry materials and perform photographic spotting and retouching.

Make halftone screen negatives varying basic and flash exposures to reduce contrast within range of the selected printing medium. Inspect halftone dot patterns under high-power magnification for proper quality; improve quality where required by adjusting basic and flash exposures or by chemical reduction techniques; complete halftone reproduction by setting up line negatives, registering halftone negatives and making proper exposures on plates.

Participate in photographic studies of new materials and processes to determine application to company photographic reproduction requirements. Operate vacuum printers, photocopy and reflex cameras as required. Develop negatives using appropriate processing solutions as required.

Duplicate engineering, loft and tool design drawings, layouts, charts, diagrams and related documents on sensitized materials, using a vacuum contact printer.

Sensitize various types of materials such as steel, wood, masonite, glass cloth and alclad sheets by spraying these materials evenly with blueprint or vandyke emulsions, taking care to avoid runs, sags and thin spots. Complete sensitizing operation by drying materials in oven.

Check drawings, layouts or diagrams, as required, to locate parts, tooling details and/or layout data being reproduced.

Position sensitized template and document being reproduced on vacuum frame of contact printer. Determine correct exposure time by considering condition, cleanliness, transparency and area of document being reproduced and the density of lines, figures and other printed data on document.

Adjust speed and travel of printer lamp house carriage to obtain the maximum clarity in the engineering or tooling reference reproduction.

Check the sensitized template during its development in washing and fixing solutions, varying the immersion time to obtain desired density and legibility of lines and printed data.

Expose and process high-quality photographic color slides, color transparencies, color prints, color copies, duplicate negatives, continuous tone negatives and positives, line negatives and positives, halftone negatives and positives and printer screens. Follow necessary photographic procedures to produce combination line, halftone and printers screen negatives and positives or any necessary variations. Select and prepare necessary equipment, films, papers, chemicals, filters and screens for the required reproductions.

Set up and operate photographic color slide cameras, color film processors, color print processors, color copiers, densitometers, oscillograph processors, 16mm and 35mm motion picture processors, aerial film processors, color enlargers, black and white enlargers, contact printers and motion picture printers. Install, remove and test 16mm gun cameras, aerial cameras, 35mm recording cameras and oscillograph magazines as required. Select and prepare films, papers, chemicals, filters and exposures for using these processes. Bind color slides when required.

Set-up, operate and maintain processors of a photographic nature making positives, negatives on paper and film. Develop film, paper, mylar and other sensitized material as required by immersion in appropriate processing solutions as required, using mechanical handling equipment where necessary, using varying types of developer, solution strength and immersion time to obtain desired clarity and density. Make contact prints, project negatives to obtain enlarged, reduced or same size prints requiring masking and dodging to obtain print with the desired density and contrast by using appropriate filters.

Perform other related duties of no higher skill-level than described herein.

Knowledge and Ability Required

Elementary knowledge of blueprint reading as required to determine the location on references. Ability to operate a vacuum contact printer.

Thorough knowledge of process and photocopy cameras, equipment and photographic reproduction techniques, methods, photographic principles and practices, solutions and processes. Knowledge of all types of color and black and white photographic laboratory equipment, enlargers, contact printers, copiers, densitometers, processors, cameras, films, papers, photographic papers, types of finishes, lenses, filters and contact screens. Knowledge of different types of cloth and paper materials. Knowledge of automatic photographic processing equipment set-up, operation and maintenance. Working knowledge of photographic chemistry, chemical reactions of emulsions and chemicals used in development of sensitized templates, and possible variations and color photographic chemistry quality control. Basic knowledge of motion picture photography, still photography, recording photography and photo lithography. Knowledge of blue print and vandyke processes and techniques applicable to the duplication of various engineering and tooling references on sensitized materials.

Ability to produce precision-scale copies of engineering documents and art work. Ability to select and mix chemical solutions used in developing processes.

Job description re-written in 1996 negotiations to reflect jobs previously
combined in 1989 or 1993 negotiations.
Wage Administration
April 22, 1996



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