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Graphics Technician

Effective: 09/03/11
Range G-66
Respirator Class: 3


Perform a variety of advanced graphic art renderings, layout designs, and computer aided art.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Graphics Technician is an advanced journey level class. Experience and familiarity with graphic art, computer qualified, and advanced printing practices/methods are required to perform difficult work assignments, which includes providing the District with professional quality artwork and design for printed and digital media.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive general supervision from the Public Information and Graphics Supervisor.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Design a wide variety of publications and materials including newsletters, charts and graphics, brochures, signs, posters, forms, print advertising, etc., using a combination of computer and manual methods; interpret ideas and translate them into viable form; present to staff for review; make revisions and finalize projects.
  • Confer with District employees to determine job parameters; plan, organize, and produce graphics and related artwork for staff projects; coordinate production deadlines for text, photographs, and special features; transform data submitted by staff into final camera-ready form; arrange printing of finished product.
  • Brainstorm ideas and conceptualize design; create and produce rough and refined sketches for layouts; edit and proofread text; produce final and camera-ready artwork using a MacIntosh computer or traditional graphic design methods.
  • Prepare computer files for printing, uploading, and transfers
  • Graphically design and produce charts, graphics, labels, forms, presentation boards, transparencies, renderings, newsletters, posters, signs, displays, advertising and other printed materials as required.
  • Maintain records and files of graphic projects. File and retrieve original artwork, forms, designs, etc.
  • Operate and maintaina variety of Apple computer equipment and programs used in the graphic arts process.
  • Mount, laminate, trim, and hang a variety of different sized panels or posters.
  • Assist in the transport, setup, and dismantling of exhibits and displays.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Examples of Non-Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinate graphic and design projects with staff and outside services, including print shops, computer services, etc., as assigned.
  • Maintain and order stock of graphic art supplies required for projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Advanced graphic art layout and design processes and procedures.
  • Advanced printing procedures.
  • Type styles, sizing, and specifying copy.
  • Fundamentals of photography, including settings and post-production enhancements and corrections.
  • Web design and layout.
  • Computer animation techniques.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for providing a high-level of customer service to District staff, in person and over the phone.

Ability to:

  • Visualize abstract ideas and concepts; transpose ideas and thoughts onto paper  
     or computer screen graphically.
  •  Manage projects while meeting deadlines and staying within budgets.
  •  Communicate clearly and tactfully in both oral and written forms including  conducting public presentations and preparing clear and concise reports.
  •  Learn new graphics programs and technologies on a continuing basis.
  • Sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time on a continuous basis; write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less; manipulate fine details when laying out graphics, and visit outside print and graphics shops in person to monitor work..
  • Understand written and oral instructions.
  • Capture digital images by scanning text, artwork, photographs, and slides.
  • Develop concepts and produce special graphics as assigned.
  • Perform work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Provide training and lead guidance to less experienced technical graphics staff, as assigned.
  • Manipulate, edit, and prepare digital images for use in printed materials, internet and intranet information systems..
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with employees and the public by providing high levels of customer service.
  • Operate a variety of reprographic equipment.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Minimum of three years of experience in professional graphics design.


  • Equivalent to completion of an Associate degree in Graphic Arts or a closely related field. A bachelor’s degree in Graphic Arts is desirable, but not required.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

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