Re: What's the most technical task you ever did as part of your job?

Subject: Re: What's the most technical task you ever did as part of your job?
From: Simon North <simonxml -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:32:24 +0100

RF glass bead encapsulator for powder samples in x-ray spectrometry. The
Dutch company I was working for decided to market this French machine. I
spoke French so they asked me to translate the manual. It wasn't complete
enough, so I went to the factory. To cut a long story short, I ended up
giving the training, and doing field and technical support.

A different kind of technical. Part of the European Space Agency, came in
to write a manual about satellite design software. First thing they did was
give me a computer tape and say that they wanted it written in TeX, but
no-one there knew how to use TeX yet. Ended up doing the TeX installation,
LaTeX style sheets; even had some fun with FonTeX.

UK aerospace company; I was officially a support engineer, but hired to
write documentation. Was still responsible for logistics, quality and field
support for the the jet engine electronics I worked with.

My 30th year as a tech writer this year ... it's been an amazing ride.

Simon.


On Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 12:20 AM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:

> Maintenance manuals for liquid chromatography and gas spectrometry
> instruments. The instruments had mechanical pick-and-place robots and
> reagent sample prep and analysis chambers crammed into spaces about the
> same size as a large laser printer. I had the prototypes, preliminary
> manufacturing drawings, manufacturing plans and a field technician's tool
> set on my desk and used the drawings and plans to write instructions to
> disassemble, diagnose, rebuild and check out the systems in the field.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng
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