Dave Gardner will discuss what a technical communicator must learn and keep current with. Also, touched on will be the required skills, tools, terminologies and complexities of the industries, fields, and topics in which we work. This discussion looks at technical communication only from the perspective of the writing and editing, and not from illustration or programming needs.
There’s more to technical communications than how it is presented in academia and business–both sides are frequently unaware of the requirements of this profession, what is out there, and where we are now.
Dave will have suggestions on what you can do to “break in” to the profession.
About Dave Gardner
Dave Gardner has a B.A. degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Guam, with coursework toward an M.S. in marine biology from the University of Guam. He has a Certificate in Alternate Energy Education from the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus. He has gone through the two-year program at U.C. Santa Cruz Extension in Santa Clara for a Certificate in Management of Technical Documentation and Publications. He has taken computer science classes at New Mexico State University and at Las Positas Community College in Livermore. He has studied for and passed the Cisco Certified Networking Associate exam and has also gone through weeklong “bootcamps” — one in Agile Software Development Methods and one for DITA-XML.
Specializing in some field is a good idea for folks wanting to stay current in the industry. If someone is good with hardware illustration (it used to be that *technical illustrators* would do this stuff), that is a very marketable skill (for a tech writer, I guess). If someone can do programming or API documentation, that’s a good deal. I have decided to jump into IT security from a management point of view — in particular, security governance and regulatory compliance.
Presentation time: 7:00-8:00pm+
Location: IHOP Restaurant, 4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054