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Reference # : 17-04852 Title : Technical Writer 1 (Non-IT)
Location : Portland, OR
Position Type : Contract
Experience Level : 5 Years Start Date / End Date : 12/04/2017 / 12/08/2018  
Description
Summary: Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

Typical Tasks may include but are not limited to:
? 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 organizational personnel.
? Confer with stakeholders to establish technical specifications and to determine subject material to be developed for publication.
? Review published materials and recommend revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and binding.
? Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
? Study drawings, specifications, and mockups to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.
? Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with pertinent technologies, processes and methods.
? Observe operational, developmental, and experimental activities to determine operating procedure and detail.
? Arrange for typing, duplication, and distribution of material.

Skills:
? A minimum of five years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is desirable.
? Excellent knowledge of grammar and style.
? Ability to generate intuitive graphics and other written visual aids.
? Fluency in Microsoft Office (all applications, including PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat Writer.
? Formal training (College level Communications, English, etc. course work) or equivalent experience in Technical Writing and/or Engineering discipline.
? Ability to work effectively both individually and in a group environment.

Typical Work Activities may include any of the following:
? Getting Information ? Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
? Interacting With Computers ? Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to set up functions, enter data, or process information.
? Documenting/Recording Information ? Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
? Communicating with Management, Peers, or Co-workers - Providing information to management, co-workers, and peers by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
? Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge ? Keeping up-to-date technically applying new knowledge to your job.
? Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards ? Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
? Thinking Creatively ? Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
? Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events ? Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
? Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships ? Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
? Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work ? Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Knowledge ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? 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 electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
? Communications and Media ? Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
? Education and Training ? Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? Reading Comprehension ? Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
? Writing ? Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
? Time Management ? Managing one's own time and the time of others.
? Active Learning ? Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
? Active Listening ? Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
? Learning Strategies ? Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
? Critical Thinking ? Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
? Complex Problem Solving ? Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
? Judgment and Decision Making ? Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
? Coordination ? Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Abilities ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? Oral/Written Expression ? Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking/writing so others will understand.
? Oral/Written Comprehension ? Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken/written words and sentences.
? Deductive Reasoning ? The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
? Information Ordering ? The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
? Problem Sensitivity ? The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
? Originality ? The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Education, Experience, Job Training:
? Bachelors Degree in English, Communications, Journalism, etc. (Desired)
? Formal training or equivalent experience in Technical Writing and/or Engineering discipline.
? 1?2 to 4 years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience (Desired)

Work Styles:
? Adaptability/Flexibility ? Position requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
? Attention to Detail ? Position requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
? Cooperation ? Position requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
? Dependability ? Position requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
? Persistence ? Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
? Stress Tolerance ? Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
? Innovation ? Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
? Analytical Thinking ? Position requires analyzing information, using logic to address work issues and problems.
? Independence ? Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
? Initiative ? Position requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.