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Jack McArdle

Freelance Technical Writer & Editor

Location:United States
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Jack (John) McArdle

OBJECTIVE: A career, full time or part time / temporary position in the Electronics field, as technical writer, engineering lab technician or production/QC technician.

SKILLS: Familiar with Microsoft applications Word, Excel, Visual Basic 6.0, and PowerPoint. Certified electronics technician. A+ certified computer technician. MCSE training school graduate.

EXPERIENCE: Racal Communications, Inc.: production test and
calibration all types of tube and transistor HF receiving equipment.
Borders Electronics: X-band and S-band engineering lab technician.
Siemens: associate member of technical staff, engineering lab, digital circuitry for Telex systems.
Also: engineering lab tech experience with differential transformers, dumb VDTs, op-amps.
RCA/GE: operation and maintenance manuals for DoD communications systems (secret clearance), USPS mail handling equipment, shipboard phone systems.
Also: exclusively contracted to write seven manuals for US Air Force systems test equipment; exclusively contracted to write oil-refinery engineer training manual for Mobile Oil.

EDUCATION: Haddon Heights High, NJ. High School Equivalency
US Naval Fleet Sonar School, Key West, FL.
Served thirty-nine months active duty US Navy –
Honorably Discharged.
Capital Institute of Technology, Washington, DC, math, English.
Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ. computer programming courses C, C++, Visual C++, Visual Basic.
Training Works, Inc.: levels I, II and III in Access/Excel/Word.

Technical Writing Sample
Jack McArdle

This is a sample of my technical writing skills, composed of brief samples from some of the publications I have produced individually and independently, and for which I received very generous remuneration.

Despite the fact that I have no college degree, it is my firm conviction that, in my prime I was absolutely, positively the very best technical writer in the entire world. The reason I never took the time to acquire a degree was simply because there never before seemed to be a need for one, as I achieved the rank of a full-fledged electronics engineer without one.

The first sample is from a proposal I wrote for a printing company that was bidding on a contract for bulk mail services for the United States Postal Service.

The data from the scanner is input to the ICR work station, which is
programmed to verify that the running heads, start of text, text end, and page numbers are all correct (see Figure 2-2). Online software manipulates the text between the “start” and “end” so that it all fits properly into the text area, and that the line spacing and margin justifications are correct. In addition, various attributes are automatically inserted. For example, whenever the word “FIGURE” is followed by Arabic numeral(s), the system recognizes this as a specific figure reference and ensures that the word is stored as all caps.

My second sample is from a petroleum engineering training manual I wrote for Mobile:

The simplest definition for distillation is the physical separation of two or more components from a mixture, based on the different boiling point temperatures of the components. Distillation of crude oil is the physical separation (fractionation) of crude oil into a desired number of usable products.

Crude oil, as it is removed form the earth, is a mixture of many thousands of components. These range (in molecular weight) from C1’s and C2’s, which boil at approximately -43°F, through large molecular chain asphaltene compounds, that boil in the range of 1,500° to 2,000°+F. FIGURE 1-1 is a Crude Distillation Curve. This is a representation of the volume percent of the materials contained in typical crude stock verses the component boiling point. Components might include C5’s, which boil at approximately 100°F, to 330°F. The curve continues on into the higher boiling point kerosene’s, gas oils, and vacuum gas oils.
Although, as an electronics engineer I rarely actually produced any original designs, I was expert at troubleshooting and correcting flawed existing designs. I was also very good at reverse engineering. I feel I have the ability to analyze a complex subject (such as digital logic and assembly language programs) and explain it in easy to understand terms.

As an example of my writing skills, I will present an old fashioned, transistorized, regulated power supply. One of my favorite subjects when I was first getting started, and one that I was very good at producing original designs – that worked.

Since it been about twenty-five years since the last time I did this, my design here may be extremely flawed, the object is to demonstrate my writing ability, which is a permanent skill, while skilled circuit design needs constant practice.
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Technical Writing