Pay Rate: $30-35/hr Summary/Objective Butler Aerospace & Defense is seeking an experienced technical writer to work in our writing group authoring maintenance publications. This position is in support of contracted technical publication revision services and the creation of new publications. Area

Technical Writer (Maintenance), L2/L3

Butler Aerospace & Defense • 
Shelton, Connecticut, United States
Position Type: Contractor
Job Description:
Pay Rate: $30-35/hr


Butler Aerospace & Defense is seeking an experienced technical writer to work in our writing group authoring maintenance publications. This position is in support of contracted technical publication revision services and the creation of new publications.

Areas of Responsibility/Essential Functions 

  • Under general direction and according to standard practice, the technical writer works independently on the analysis, organization, and writing of assigned portions of aircraft maintenance publications.
  • Performs a variety of duties in preparing technical writing assignments, covering portions of aircraft maintenance publications
  • Research, writing, and development of portions of aircraft maintenance publications according to the governing specification and published standard work
  • Develop concise, complete, technically accurate, and easy to understand technical information in a timely fashion with a very high level of quality
  • Exercise initiative and judgment in carrying out detail writing assignments working from engineering drawings, specifications, performance data, or other similar literature. Judgment required compiling and selecting technical data for text and illustrations
  • Develop and coordinate the revision/creation of technical illustrations with illustrators on form and content of illustrations in support of aircraft maintenance publications
  • Provide frequent status to supervision
  • Meet established internal and external delivery milestones
  • Interface with engineers over the content and review of the publications when required
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.


Technical Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  •   Ability to write maintenance procedures from engineering drawings, specifications, performance data, or other similar literature
  • Ability to dissect complex and interdependent processes into discrete and detailed steps to enhance end-users ability to understand and follow the directions
  • Ability to read and interpret assembly/installation blueprints, technical publications, vendor data, and various forms of engineering data
  • Ability to read and interpret military and commercial specification and standards
  • Strong analytical and complex problem solving skills
  • Ability to self-edit written and graphical work
  • Proficient with desktop publishing using content management software
  • Proficient with SGML/XML structured document authoring such as EpicEditor or equivalent
  • Proficient with various research (i.e., customer-specific) applications for technical issues
  • Strong computer skills with a working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office

Preferred, but not required:

  • Aircraft and/or mechanical aptitude and the ability to apply this knowledge to create accurate and complex technical procedures
  • Experience with rotary wing aircraft
  • Experience with writing maintenance procedures in the aerospace industry
  • A&P mechanic’s license, or equivalent military experience in aircraft maintenance
  • Ability to use of aircraft technical publications and related technical data
  • Experience with Content content management software and XyVision publishing software

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Professional communication proficiency with written and verbal English and in-depth knowledge of engineering and other technical terminology
  • Professional communication proficiency to interact effectively with coworkers, supervisor, managers, and customers
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with tight deadlines in fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and be self-motivated

Organizational skills

  • Time management skills
  • Detail orientation
  • Task and goal-orientation
  • Quality-driven
  • Responsive and time-sensitive to customer’s delivery schedule
  • Strong, customer-focused work ethic and positive attitude
  • Ability to mentor less experienced and knowledgeable writers on the team

Work Experience

Minimum 2 years technical writing experience

Required Education 

  • Requires knowledge of technical publications writing.  Must have understanding of engineering specifications drawings, designs, and English composition.
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent trade experience

Work Authorization/Security Clearance 

  • Work authorization: Must be a U.S. person with the ability to work in the U.S.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work 

  • This is a full-time Exempt position requiring a 40-hour work week.
  • Occasional overtime and possible weekend work are also required to meet customers’ needs.
  • Work schedules must be approved by supervision. The employee must be working during the six “core” work hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice due to business needs.

AAP/EEO Statement

Butler Aerospace & Defense provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Butler Aerospace & Defense complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
Butler Aerospace & Defense expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Butler Aerospace & Defense’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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