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February 2008 to July 2011
Contract Technical Writer - Boeing, Renton Washington
Documented procedures for operating and maintaining machinery used in the
construction and installation of the wings. Required skills for this job included
reading electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic and assembly drawings. Also attended
meetings with engineers and took extensive notes for inclusion in the final
document packages. Also edit, collate and cross-reference existing documents.
October 2006 to September 2007:
Information Assistant for Skykomish Ranger District, Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Duties include Monitoring, answering and logging messages on the district radio
system. Greeting visitors and callers to the ranger station and providing permits
and passes, road and trail condition information and merchandise (maps, books,
souvenirs, etc.) Developed Excel tables and Access database to coordinate and sort
information needed by various forest users. Processing incoming and outgoing mail.
Managing office conservation programs including implementing a new procedure for
reducing junk mail.
1-year temporary assignment.
December 2005 to May 2006:
Housing Technician for the Opportunity Council, Bellingham WA.
Duties include installation of residential energy conservation measures, weather
stripping, caulking, insulation, passive and active ventilation. Use blower door
and manometer to evaluate effectiveness of air sealing and balancing technologies
applied to the structure. Teach owners or occupants the operation of programmable
thermostats, carbon monoxide monitors and ventilation fans. Review the health and
safety issues of conservation including indoor air quality, moisture control and
combustion appliance safety.
November 2004 to December 2005:
Downtown Safety Ambassador, communications consultant and data collection specialist
for the Metropolitan Improvement District. Duties include researching the use of
handheld electronic devices for collection and dissemination of business-to-client
information. Collection and presentation of data collected in the field. Emergency
and human services assistance to the homeless.
January 2004 to present:
Documentary video, photography and web design.
December 2002 to December 2003:
Technical writer/programmer and machinist for Crown Enterprises.
Document and refine manufacturing procedures to increase production efficiency and product quality.
February 2002 to August 2002:
Director - Ride Around Mt. Rainier in One Day
(RAMROD) 2002 bicycle ride.
Managed over 100 volunteers and a budget of $52,000. Made sure that all local, state
and federal agencies had required information and permits. Worked with a local ham
radio group to establish full course communications. Deployed day-of-ride support
(medical, technical, clean-up and SAG) personnel as the situation on course required.
Dealt with rider's complaints and rule violations. Submitted a written report
detailing the problems encountered and suggested solutions for subsequent rides.
July 2001 to August 2001:
Freelance project for PromoSapien. Consulted on the design and implementation of
cgi scripts, Flash 5 scripts, and embedded streaming media solutions. The website
allows users their choice of Windows Media Player, QuickTime, and Real Player.
December 2000 to July 2001:
Contract position at Real Networks. Responsibilities included software testing for
interactive streaming media players using SMIL2 technology. Tested on PC/Windows,
Linux, and Macintosh platforms. Designed and produced testing procedures and content
for new functionality. Worked closely with developers to define the goals and standards
for the new multimedia players.
Freelance project for PromoSapien. Designed and built a contest site for a top
rated Seattle radio morning show. The site used Perl and CGI to record votes and
to take information for a subsequent random drawing.
July 2000 to September 2000:
Internship at Piranha Productions. Responsibilities included production of streaming
media content. Studio production duties included setting lights, setting up video
and audio equipment, running the encoding computer, and producing archival CDs. Also
provided graphic and programming support to lead web designers.
September 20, 1999 to December 2000:
Enrolled at Bellevue Community College in the Multimedia / Web Authoring Program.
July 1993 to September 20, 1999:
Technical writer for Electroimpact Inc. Documented procedures for automated
manufacturing systems in the aerospace industry. Designed and produced written
documents for the manufacture of critical components. Produced supporting graphic
elements including photographs, drawings, and sketches. Also worked on
promotional materials including display booth for international trade expositions.
July 1991 to July 1993:
R&E cycles. Though my job description was that of salesman, I regularly found
myself editing advertising copy. I also wrote an operator’s manual for bicycle
computers we purchased that came without manuals.
Grant writing for human powered vehicle project. Primary contacts were the
Cycling Research Association and the Bullitt Foundation.
Freelance assignment with Technical Communication Consultants, Inc. Immediate
supervisor, Collene Bradey.
Freelance assignment with John Fluke Mfg. Immediate supervisor, Dan Wright.
Broke arm. Full recovery by end of year.
Freelance video production for Power-Jet of Auburn.
Assistant editor for the January/February issue of U.S. Woman Engineer. I also
shot the cover photograph and several of the author photographs.
January 1987 to March 1989:
Employed by Venus/Gusmer Inc. of Kent Washinton as a technical writer. Duties
included setting up the technical communications department, writing a
supplemental style guide, and managing subcontractors and organizing publication
projects from beginning to completion. As a lead writer, I produced text,
photographs, computer graphics and animation, and video for various documents.
Immediate supervisors, Terry Nash and Ron Rivers, pres.
Earned a bachelor of science degree in scientific and technical communications
from the University of Washington.
Publicity director for a national cross-country soaring competition. The
project included press packages and releases, annotated maps, and a 12-minute
video tape I produced that previewed the contest. As a result, ABC sent a film
crew to get footage for "Wide World of Sports."
Started seasonal, temporary employment at Columbia Winery. Among my duties was
the maintenance and repair of the cooling system for the fermentation/storage
tanks and the electrical controls for the bottling machine. Also conducted
tours of the winery.
In 1984 an accident resulted in the loss of several thousand gallons of wine.
The insurance agency refused to pay for the loss. I reviewed the accident and
developed a mathematical model showing how the loss occurred. The insurance
agency reversed its decision and a check for the loss was received in less than
a week. I left the winery to attend school full time in December of 1985.
Enrolled at the University of Washington in the Scientific and Technical
Reviewed environmental impact statement for the Northwest Power Planning Council.
The EIS dealt with the indoor air quality of houses using tight construction
methods. As a result, the BPA adopted several construction techniques to
mitigate air quality problems.
Earned associate of technical arts degree from Edmonds Community College in
Weekend work study program, residential energy auditor for Snohomish P.U.D.
Duties included teaching homeowners about conservation and the economics of
BPA’s Energy Buyback Program.
Drafter for Bouillon, Christofferson & Schairer consulting engineers. Part of
my duties included training beginning drafters in advanced techniques of orthographic projection and perspective rendering. Immediate supervisor, Mark Peeples.
Enrolled at Edmonds Community College. Course work included classes in computer
programming, electronics, and technical report writing.
Published "Codes and the Solar Builder" in Solwest ’80 Conference Proceeding of
the Pacific Northwest Solar Energy Association and Solar Energy Society of
Seattle City Light awarded grant to publish a renewable energy study program for
elementary school children. I was the coauthor of the book and participated in
Enrolled Shoreline Community College. Course work included engineering and
architectural drafting, photography, grant writing, and writing for publication.
(Last attended June 1981).
Entered the U.S. Army. My last year in the military was spent as a survival
instructor. Honorably discharged February 1975.
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