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Technical Writer (Contract)

Locations: Sacramento, CA

The Technical Writer is responsible for taking complex, technical information and translating it into an easily understandable format, per customer guidelines. This role will work closely with experienced writers and other internal employees to interpret contractual specifications, engineering drawings, reports, and other data to help produce technical documentation. This role interfaces with customer and/or customer’s representatives throughout project, as required.


  • Experience with FrameMaker is a plus
  • Rail or transportation industry is preferred but not required
  • Ability to gather required source data without direction and identify they were given the proper documentation
  • Writes technical documents/manuals according to specifications for customer
  • Completes assignments according to company policies and procedures
  • Researches existing data to maximize use of previously developed text and/or illustrations
  • Drafts text materials to ensure text and illustrations are completed and coordinated per final product requirements
  • Documents and archives technical data over long periods in an efficient, established method to aid in future related projects
  • Tracks and records time spent on projects

· Communicates status of work to management and any needs for additional information, technical procedures, etc.

· Completes assigned tasks according to established deadlines and customer specifications and company policies and procedures

· Performs any other job-related instructions, as requested with reasonable accommodation


  • General office environment; required to use office equipment (company computer, telephone/smartphone, photocopier); required to sit/stand for long periods of time
  • May be required to work in a shop or manufacturing facility
  • May be required to work on heavy equipment and/or heavy-duty vehicles to perform duties and responsibilities; required to sit, stand, bend, kneel and lie down; may be required to lift up to 50 pounds
  • May be required (on short notice) to work overtime/additional hours to meet deadlines; may occasionally require working weekends and/or holidays, as needed
  • May be required to travel by motor vehicle and/or airplane to complete job requirements; estimated to be less than five (5) percent; limited projects may require travel to up to 50 percent



  • High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is required
  • Associate degree in a technical or mechanical field or equivalent work experience is required


  • Zero to two (0-2) years of experience in a mechanical, technical, or writing field writing complete, complex technical documents, including organizing the document and working with internal and external personnel (e.g., agencies, customers

Job Type: Contract

Salary: $35.00 to $50.00 /hour

Contract Length:

  • 5 – 6 months

Contract Renewal:

  • Possible

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Monday to Friday
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, rtf, txt, pdf.