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Technical Writer

Job Summary

Responsible for creating and writing various types of user documentation, including how-to guides, references, manuals, cheat sheets, or instructions.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Explain scientific and technical ideas in simple language.
  • Write technical direction on product announcements, marketing brochures, advertisements, marketing specifications.
  • Meet with customer representatives, vendors, plant executives, or publishers to establish technical specifications.
  • Study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples.
  • Create user documentation for a variety of material, including how-to guides and instruction manuals.
  • Ensure technical verbiage is easy to understand by the layperson.
  • Gather information on their subjects in libraries and on the web.
  • Prepare charts, graphs, or forms to go along with rough drafts.
  • Ensure fields flow in the correct sequence.
  • Write articles and reports on current trends in fields such as science and engineering.
  • Write clear and concise policies and procedures.
  • Edit industrial publications.
  • Create table of contents and cite sources.
  • Submit copies to managers for feedback.
  • Adjust copy as necessary and proofread for grammar and spelling.
  • Follow a life cycle called document development life cycle.
  • Release the document following final approval.
  • Conduct online tutorials.
  • Provide updates and different editions as necessary.
  • Review manufacturer's and trade catalogs.