Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
July 10, 2018
Los Angeles, California
$35.46 - $46.68 per hour
Full Time - Experienced
TECHNICAL WRITER II
Metropolitan’s Technical Writing Team has one (1) opening for a Technical Writer II at our Headquarters adjacent to Union Station in Los Angeles, California.
The Technical Writer II writes annual updates of manuals for treatment plant operations, maintenance, and chemical unloading facilities; writes and edits Metropolitan’s technical and administrative manuals; may assist in editing board letters; and may provide support for online document management systems. The writer prepares field and administrative procedures, studies, plans, reports, training materials, and other technical documents using established standards, guidelines, and regulations.
Technical manuals include distribution system, treatment plant, process safety, and hydroelectric manuals. This position consults engineering drawings and specifications, conducts field interviews to gather information, and documents and verifies processes. The writer should be able to read basic engineering drawings and schematics. Familiarity with applicable safety regulations and codes that affect these documents is desired. Administrative writing work may include (but is not limited to) preparing emergency response manuals, desktop procedures, operating policies, and real property development manuals. Other duties include maintaining the Technical Writing Team standard templates and instructions, revising the Technical Writing Team IntraMet splash page, and developing technical schematics, flowcharts, graphics, and other visuals (including photographs) that support the technical manuals.
This position produces documents according to Metropolitan's technical writing process such as document planning, customer-needs analysis, project planning, coordination, resource allocation, and project scheduling. Documentation is written and produced to stringent publication quality standards. Extensive knowledge of English grammar and the ability to edit documents for composition, content, consistency, grammar, punctuation, syntax, usage, and format is critical. Documents primarily follow Gregg or Associated Press style guides.
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field AND four years of relevant experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience; OR three years in the Metropolitan Technical Writer I classification.
Relevant experience: work experience writing procedural, technical, or administrative manuals and documents.
Required Knowledge: English composition and grammatical structure; advanced modern office equipment and technology; advanced word processing and graphic software; theories and practices of technical writing and communication; policy, procedure and manual development; engineering drawings and schematics; and current office equipment and technology.
Required Skills and Abilities: English composition and grammatical structure; advanced modern office equipment and technology; advanced word processing and graphic software; theories and practices of technical writing and communication; policy, procedure and manual development; engineering drawings and schematics; and operate current office equipment including computers and supporting applications.
Valid California Class C Driver's License or its equivalent in your state of residence that allows you to drive in the course of your employment is required at time of application.
About Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high-quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five conventional water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, 16 hydroelectric power plants, and numerous support facilities.