I am a qualified and experienced technical writer and technical illustrator with trade certification in automotive engineering and an advanced diploma in advertising and graphic design.
Having an engineering background enables me to write from a technically authoritative position, and possessing advanced skills in both writing and illustration enables me to write and illustrate in an integrated manner, allowing for each element to enhance the other and producing a natural flow which communicates the required information with an economy of words and drawings.
This naturally enables a higher level of comprehension and retention of the information by the reader and is less dependent on the individuals technical understanding, experience and prior knowledge. Please note that the following information is an extract from my current CV:
Work History 1: December 2010 to to end of contract April 2012.
Raytheon Australia: Air Warfare Destroyer Project.
Principal Technical Author for the Under-Sea Warfare (USW) System Technical Manuals
Responsible for planning and writing the operation and maintenance procedures for the sub-surface weapons and surveillance systems installed on board the Royal Australian Navy Air Warfare Destroyer. Duties included:
Author operation and maintenance manuals for USW Systems,
Illustrate operation and maintenance manuals for USW Systems,
Research technical data for use in documentation,
Document control and configuration management,
Maintain working network with USW Integrated Product Team (IPT) members,
Co-ordinate Monthly IPT Briefings (local and interstate),
Maintain Commonwealth Govt/Defence Department customer contacts when required,
Review original equipment manufacturers (OEM) technical manuals and report,
Track and manage USW related OEM supplied documents,
Maintain and contribute to Tech Pubs Share-Point site,
Maintain USW System journal and authoring schedule,
Report at fortnightly tech pubs meetings,
Maintain detailed knowledge of current combat and weapon system technology,
Subject Matter Expert: Surface Vessel Torpedo Systems, Variable Depth and Hull Mounted Sonar Systems, Aviation Electronic Warfare Systems,
Accredited Author for R4I Workbench and S1000D.
Work History 2: January 2010 to end of contract October 2010.
Babcock Integrated Technology Australia: MK32 Torpedo Tubes for AWD Project.
ILS/Engineering Documentation Control, Configuration Management and Engineering Support Officer responsible for a range of duties within the engineering project office.
Work History 3: September 2009 to January 2010.
Technical Illustrator, Design Patent Industry (Freelance Operator).
Consultation and preparation of technical drawings for use in legal documentation.
Australian and International Patent Application and Design Registration drawings,
Technical Illustrations prepared to Australian and International Patent Office specifications.
Work History 4: April 2006 to end of contract September 2009.
BAE Systems Australia, Edinburgh Parks S.A, Aerospace Division.
Senior Technical Officer / Technical Writer & Illustrator assigned primarily to the writing and integration of technical/product data into existing aircraft manuals describing the installation, operation and maintenance of a new Electronic Warfare Self Protection System in development for the ADF/RAAF Black Hawk Aircraft fleet. Regularly exceeded objectives for quality, productivity and training as set out in Personal Development Reviews,
Demonstrated integrity, high professional standards and advanced skills in MS Word Frame Maker, Share Point, PTC Windchill, Pro Engineer, Adobe and Macromedia software.
Work History 5: March 2004 to April 2006.
Hardi Australia, Cross Keys Road Cavan S.A.
Department Supervisor for Technical Services & Documentation, assigned the expansion of department capabilities including the introduction and implementation of new document control systems, and supervision of departmental staff and engineering support responsibilities. Responsible for new publications plus update and maintain technical manuals across the product range and the development of a National Interactive Spare Parts Interpreting System (including several hundred pages of cross referenced spare parts drawings). Also responsible for production of internal production aids, training, sales and marketing material.
Work History 6: 1999 to March 2004.
Marks of Art, Adelaide S.A.
Technical Illustrator producing technical drawings for Australian and international patent applications and design registrations. Plan, perspective, exploded and cross sectional views and develop improved file management and retrieval systems.
Work History 7: 1994 to 1999.
Claridge Holden, Malvern S.A.
Certified Automotive Technician (QTC Automotive Engineering).
Senior Workshop Mechanic (supervision and training of apprentices), mechanical and electronic fault diagnosis and repairs, new vehicle warrantee repairs and specialist computerised wheel alignment technician.
Education and Qualifications:
1999–2003 DMI School of Visual Arts, Croydon South Australia.
Adv. Dipl. Advertising, Graphic Design and Illustration.
3 Years full time study.
Graduated January 2004.
1990–1994 GMH / TAFE , Croydon S.A.
QTC Automotive Engineering: Qualified Trade Certificate in Automotive Engineering.
Certified Accreditation Number: 70038.
Began studies January 1990.
Graduated December 1994.