National Instruments is seeking talented new grads for entry-level technical writer positions in its R&D organization.
Technical writers at National Instruments partner with an engineering team to develop and improve product documentation. As an NI technical writer, you write technical documentation, collaborate with content experts to develop/enhance documentation content, and work with product managers and engineers to improve the usability of documentation and products.
National Instruments is well-known for its promote-from-within philosophy. Thus, as you advance your technical writing career, you have opportunities for many new challenges, including mentoring new technical writers, managing documentation project schedules, developing and improving processes, and serving as a customer advocate.
Create and edit product documentation according to company guidelines, including printed materials, electronic help, and other forms of documentation
Send documentation through review and implement feedback
Collaborate with content experts to learn about products
Meet with technical communications group leaders to discuss documentation content
Prepare information for publishing
Evaluate industry tools and trends
Work with project managers and engineers to improve the usability of documentation
Troubleshoot help systems as they are integrated into products
Research new solutions to improve existing processes
For more information about a career in technical writing at National Instruments, please visit www.weekinthelife.net.
Please Note: National Instruments does not petition for H-1B (H1-B transfer) or TN status for this position.
Bachelors degree or higher in English, Technical Communication, or other major with writing-intensive component and/or science/technology emphasis
Desire to succeed in a technical writing career
0-5 years of professional technical writing experience
Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills - must provide samples of excellent writing skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with ability to handle multiple projects and priorities
Persistence and initiative to learn
Strong interest in and comfort with technical subject matter
Prior hands-on experience working with computers (hardware and/or software)
Ability to work effectively in a group environment
Demonstrated ability in at least one of the following areas:
Prior work experience and/or extracurricular activities with focus on writing or editing; for example, completing an honors thesis, working as a writing tutor, or writing for a student newspaper.
Prefer experience writing or editing content with technical subject matter.
Familiarity with databases, HTML, and/or XML
Coursework in mathematics and/or science
Prefer knowledge of computer programming basics and/or completion of some computer science/programming coursework
English Language Competency: Ability to clearly and concisely communicate in English (verbal and written) so that persons you work with can understand you clearly, particularly in technical conversation
Required Application Materials:
2-3 Original Writing Samples
Each sample should be 500-1,000 words in length, and at least one sample should be a technical procedure. For example, you might submit a how-to document for completing a task in your favorite software application. The samples may be excerpts from larger works but should be complete enough to stand on their own.