SCA Technical Writer 3
- Yuba City, CA
Northrop Grumman Defense Systems is seeking a versatile Technical Editor and Writer to join the Northrop Grumman team located at Beale AFB, California. The successful candidate will author, edit, and format RQ-4 Global Hawk technical maintenance documents such as technical orders, time compliance technical orders, standard operating procedures, and test procedures to clearly and effectively communicate technical specifications and detailed maintenance instructions and procedures to military, civilian, and contractor maintainers. The candidate will work closely with other technical publications team members, engineers, maintenance and logistics personnel remotely as well as on-site USAF and Air Force Engineering & Technical Services personnel, and Field Service Representatives from Northrop Grumman and our Sub-contractors.
The writer will be responsible for authoring and editing maintenance data tasks on a multitude of air vehicle systems such as airframe, flight control, landing gear, electrical/fuel/hydraulic and pneumatic systems, communications and navigation systems and propulsion. Typical maintenance tasks include servicing, inspecting, mooring, jacking, and ground handling. Additionally the writer will also be responsible for data tasks related to the Global Hawk's RD-2A Mission Control Element (MCE) and RD-2B Launch and Recovery Element (LRE), to include environmental, electrical, fire protection, and communications systems. Typical content includes theory of operation descriptions, illustrated parts breakdowns, periodic scheduled maintenance and component time-change requirements, component removal, replacement and checkout tasks, system schematics, block and wiring diagrams, etc.
Most RQ-4/RD-2A/RD-2B maintenance data is electronic, formatted as Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM) and usable by the maintainer on ruggedized laptop computers, though the writer may also be required to edit maintenance data formatted for legacy (non-electronic) platforms such as Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) manuals, typically in Adobe PDF format.
A key component of this unique in-the-field position is the writers ability to personally observe maintenance tasks and procedures, evaluate the sequence/order of tasks and physical access limitations, need for/adequacy of Notes, Cautions and Warnings, required conditions and follow-on tasks, etc. by observing and evaluating (over-the-shoulder) new or existing maintenance tasks as they are being performed by maintainers. Thus, the candidate must be able to physically evaluate procedures on the air vehicle or within the ground segment compounds. The writer may be exposed to outdoor flightline activities though most evaluation tasks are performed in maintenance hangars. The candidate will be fully trained on safety and exposure risks and hazards by Northrop Grumman Field Service Representatives as well as through on-line computer based training. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided as needed to ensure safety.
Other basic job requirements include
• Generating technical documents, such as technical orders, training material, standard operating procedures, and test procedures
• Adhering to the naming conventions and document format standards
• Reviewing documentation to ensure adherence to document and quality standards, ease of use, logical order of tasks, etc.
• Contributes to the upgrading of standards and best practice guidelines
• Collaborate with other team members
• Associates Degree or higher is preferred with 5 years of experience OR; 9 years of related experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree
• Must be a U.S. citizen with a current Secret clearance
• Ability to adhere to internal processes, and standards for quality and style
• Must possess experience in the Microsoft Office suite of tools including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
• Aircraft maintenance experience (any AFSC/MOS on any MDS)
• Familiarity with Air Force technical orders
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