ALMON STUDIO INC Technical Writer in WATERLOO, Iowa
Almon Inc. is a developer of technical information -manuals and training materials for industrial clients (agricultural, construction, mining, automotive, etc.). We are currently looking for hands-on individuals willing to move from their field service/dealership service positions into one that helps develop the information necessary to perform the tasks they are accustomed to performing. We are experienced in transitioning technicians into content developers; this has been our model for success in our industry.What You'll DoThe ideal candidate will be responsible for creating and writing various types of user documentation, including how-to guides, manuals, references, or instructions. This candidate should have strong communication skills which enable them to explain complicated concepts in a simple manner. This individual will also meet with customer representatives frequently in order to understand required content.-Author technical content for a variety of clients using minimalist writing style.-Author operation, repair, troubleshooting or test procedures as required.-Use a variety of content development tools such as FrameMaker, InDesign, or proprietary software.-Determine good graphical representation to support text and work with illustrators to develop technical illustrations.-Work with client representatives as required.-Comply with each clientis specifications and style guides.-Accept ambiguity of client-supplied information.-Operate, disassemble, and assemble equipment in our facility as required.What You BringProfessional experience with operation, diagnostics, and repair of automotive, construction, forestry, or agriculture equipment.OR-Three years technical content development in XML, FrameMaker, InDesign, or other desktop publishing platforms.-Ability to read and interpret engineering documentation and specifications is required.--Working knowledge of systems such as electrical, hydraulics, engines, or drive trains.Ability to interact in a professional manner with clients, ownership, and co-workers.-Excellent writing and grammar skills.-Education in a technical field desired, but not required.You may have been frustrated in the past with the quality of the manuals or training you were supplied; now you can be the person that puts the right information in the hands of the technicians doing the work! Don't be intimidated by the writing aspect of this position; we will train the right individual to be successful as a technical content developer, a new lucrative and rewarding profession.