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Technical Writers

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Develop or maintain online help documentation.
    • Assist in laying out material for publication.
    • Study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.
    • Arrange for typing, duplication, and distribution of material.
    • Review manufacturer's and trade catalogs, drawings and other data relative to operation, maintenance, and service of equipment.
    • Analyze developments in specific field to determine need for revisions in previously published materials and development of new material.
    • Draw sketches to illustrate specified materials or assembly sequence.
    • 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.

    Skills

    • Writing

      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Written Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Administrative

      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 67720/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 32.56/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,950
    • Yearly Projected Openings 200

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Independence
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • High capacity removable media drives
    • Digital cameras
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Web platform development software
    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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