Technical Author

Job description

As a Technical Author, you are responsible for writing Vessel Operating Manuals (VOMs). The VOM is a Damen instruction for users onboard our vessels and is used by both the Training & Deliveries Department and our clients. These manuals are compiled based on technical information, user experience and drawings supplied by Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) in, i.e. Engineering, the Training & Deliveries department and our suppliers. You are proactive in getting the information you need. You process the information submitted to you and translate it into detailed start-up and shut-down descriptions and/or instructions. The VOM is used as a basic operation guideline of the vessel and can be used to train the operators of the vessel. The objective of the VOM is to give the operators of the Damen vessels the necessary information for the safe operation of the vessel. Exactly which parts are on board and how do I link it to my documentation? How do I compile the start-up and shut-down instructions? Is the information provided useful to be included in the manual? These are questions that you try to answer on a daily basis. Specific practical knowledge is available from your colleagues that work in our production hall, as a field service engineer and in the Training & Deliveries department.
Tasks & Responsibilities
As a Technical Author, your main responsibilities are:
  • The retrieval of the required information from engineers, trainers and our document management system;
  • To empathize with the needs of the user, without losing sight of the standards that we use;
  • To write content that helps our customers succeed in reaching their goals when using a Damen product;
  • To determine the structure of the manual by analyzing the needs of the user and the available information;
  • To improve the readability of the information supplied of the systems or systems that are used on board.
Your Profile
As a Technical Author, you:
  • Are in possession of a Technical background (Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering);
  • Have 3 or more years of experience working as a Technical Author;
  • Are experienced in working with technical authoring software such as XMetal and Adobe FrameMaker. Being familiar with Adobe Framemaker Structured and AutoCad is considered an advantage.
  • Are experienced with applying technical documentation standards, like ; DITA, STE or S1000D.
  • Possess sufficient technical knowledge about the systems used on ships;
  • Are highly proficient in spoken and written English and Dutch.
  • Moreover, you are critical and are able to work in an extremely accurate manner. You will need be able to adapt well to working in a services organization where your main focus is on the customers and their needs. You can work independently and are pro-active when searching for the required information.
We offer you a job in which you will find a good combination of theory and practice, in a very pleasant working atmosphere. Are you enthusiastic to be part of the Damen family as a technical author, apply now via the button below.
An pre employment screening and assessment will be part of the application process.
Department information
De afdeling Services Technical Documentation richt zich op het schrijven van de Vessel Operating Manual. Daarnaast assisteert de afdeling de overige Services Lines op het gebied van technisch schrijven, denk hierbij aan het produceren van safety manuals die benodigd zijn bij uitbreng reizen van Damen schepen.

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

Company description

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem is the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group. Gorinchem still functions as a yard but the main activities involve the daily management of the Damen Shipyards Group. Damen Services and the Offshore & Transport division is also located here.

Vacancy details

MC-COM ID #176689
Date Updated Wednesday 31 October 2018
Location Netherlands, The
Employment Type Full-time
Education level University
Sector Shipbuilding
Function category Engineering
Region Netherlands

Contact details

Company name Damen Shipyards Gorinchem
ContactMr. Boy Ramirez Verhoeven
Telephone +31 (0)183 63 9447
Fax +31 183 632189

Postbus 1
4200 AA Gorinchem

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