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Kelly Services Technical Writer in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Technical Writer/Editor

$31.21-$46.64/hr approx.

Kelly Government Solutions is hiring for a technical writer/editor on a government contract with our customer in Sterling Heights, MI. This is a temporary to hire opportunity.


  • Creates and revises complex technical documentation to support the marketing, operation, repair, and maintenance of company products.

  • Ensures documents conform to company and government standards and specifications and language usage principles.

  • Creates and revises technical documentation using state-of-the-art publishing software technology including product descriptions, detailed functional descriptions, operating procedures, fault isolation, maintenance and repair procedures, illustrated parts breakdown (IPB), miscellaneous reports, proposals, marketing literature, or other technical documentation pertaining to company products.

  • Ensures compliance with customer requirements, government specifications, engineering standards, and language usage principles.

  • Researches and consults with engineering staff on systems and equipment to create and revise technical documentation.

  • Analyzes and interprets engineering drawings and other technical data to translate information into technical documentation.

  • Evaluates illustrations and graphics to determine how to best utilize them within the documentation.

  • Requests the creation of new illustrations/graphics or changes to existing illustrations/graphics.

  • Assists in evaluating project requirements by providing time and cost estimates.

  • May interface with customers on project content and technical issues.

  • Participates in reviews and validation efforts (onsite and offsite) for technical writing assignments.

  • Assists with overall design of technical documentation by providing input to format and style.

  • May lead small or portions of large technical writing assignments.

  • May perform or participate in unit and/or system testing on Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs).

  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge on industry trends, practices, and applications.

  • Maintains a safe work environment and ensures compliance with safety objectives and policies.

  • Working knowledge of hydraulics, mechanics, electronics, and system operations to write technical documentation.

  • Working knowledge of state-of-the-art publication/page production software and Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM) functionality and development processes.

  • Ability to understand complex engineering designs, analyze and interpret engineering drawings and terminology, and translate into understandable language for non-engineers.

  • Ability to create and revise complex technical documentation, effectively answer customer questions and concerns related to company equipment and systems, engage in problem solving discussions with cross-functional team members, provide guidance to cross-functional team members, and ensure documentation is produced on time and within budget.

  • Ability to concentrate, attention to detail, and command of the English language.

Skills Required/Preferred:

  • XML Authoring Tool Experience (e.g. Arbortext Epic Editor and Oxygen software).

  • MS Office Tools/Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint required; Access a plus).

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional PDF Software – proficient for use of illustration markups; or use of a similar PDF (electronic) markup tool.

  • Mechanical/Electrical/Operator Tech Writer Experience/Knowledge Required, preferred in the defense industry Validation/Verification, on-vehicle experience a plus.

  • Content Management System (CMS) experience a plus.

  • Customer Interaction/Customer Service skills required (some positions involve direct customer interface representing our customer).

  • Ability to work with a diverse team in several physical locations.

  • Knowledge of interactive electronic technical manual functionality, development processes, and markup languages is preferred.

  • Familiarity with relevant military and commercial standards.

  • Certain positions may require specialized technical knowledge.

Education/Training Required:

Bachelor's Degree in a relevant technical discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, plus 5 additional years of relevant experience.

Please email Drew Rogers at william.rogers@kellyservices.com or Justin Swearengin at justin.swearengin@kellyservices.com if you are interested, and we’ll set up a quick phone interview to discuss further.

Why Kelly ® ?

Looking to connect with premier government agencies or the top 25 federal government contractors? Kelly® Government offers a variety of full-time, project (SOW), seasonal, and surge support opportunities in science, engineering, technical, professional, and administrative support roles. Our experts will find you the opportunity that fits your schedule and interests and handle the details of transferring and processing all levels of security clearances. It’s just another way we make the job search work for you.

About Kelly ®

Kelly connects talented people to companies in need of their skills in areas including Science, Engineering, Education, Office, Contact Center, Light Industrial, and more. We’re always thinking about what’s next in the evolving world of work, and we help people ditch the script on old ways of thinking and embrace the value of all workstyles in the workplace. We directly employ nearly 500,000 people around the world, and we connect thousands more with work through our global network of talent suppliers and partners in our outsourcing and consulting practice.

Kelly is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a diverse workforce, including, but not limited to, minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual orientation, gender identity Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law.