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Technical Writers

Technical Writers

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Technical Writers Description

Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

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Technical Writers Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Analyze developments in specific field to determine need for revisions in previously published materials and development of new material.
  • Develop or maintain online help documentation.
  • Study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.
  • Observe production, developmental, and experimental activities to determine operating procedure and detail.
  • Review manufacturer's and trade catalogs, drawings and other data relative to operation, maintenance, and service of equipment.
  • Draw sketches to illustrate specified materials or assembly sequence.
  • Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
  • Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
  • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.
  • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
  • Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods.
  • Assist in laying out material for publication.
  • Arrange for typing, duplication, and distribution of material.
  • Review published materials and recommend revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and binding.
  • Confer with customer representatives, vendors, plant executives, or publisher to establish technical specifications and to determine subject material to be developed for publication.

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