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Your tech comm BS with an ME minor should give you
a strong background for the kind of job you are looking for.
Be advised that you will probably have to search and negotiate
to find your ideal job; it probably won't show up in the want
You'll also have to find an employer that really uses the
integrated team approach. My employer hires mechanical
engineers, and they hire writers, but they remain in their
separate departments most of the time.
If you are an effective communicator (persuasive), you could
pioneer the breaking down of walls at a more traditional
Yes, the majority of tech writers write for software, but
tools and machines need good documentation, too.
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