Going back to school again
After I took a year off work to get back into my apprenticeship company, I decided – according to my motto “Safety is the alpha and omega” – to do further training to become a state-certified technician in the field of mechanical engineering. To do this, I first had to go back to school to catch up on my vocational diploma and then again to complete the advanced training. After successfully completing the latter, I came across Haas-Publikationen GmbH (now Aleido) by chance during my application phase. An interview and a subsequent trial day convinced me to deviate from my original plan of working in the field of construction and switch to the profession of a technical writer. I immediately felt comfortable and signed the contract of employment. Thus began my career as a technical writer in July 2012.
My activities at Aleido
My main task as a technical writer is primarily the creation of work instructions, guides and complex operation and maintenance manuals for rail vehicles. Depending on the customer and their individual requirements, it is a matter of generating complex technical data into simple action steps with comprehensibly supporting graphics in different languages. To do this, I examine 3D-models, drawings, electrical and pneumatic diagrams, supplier documents, system requirement specifications and spare parts lists, among other things, and summarize the information relevant to the end user in the manual required in each case. Graphic preparation is just as much a part of my job as compiling and checking the relevant content. After the preparation and technical review by the engineering department, the manuals are made available to the train conductors and maintenance staff on site.
In addition to this, I am going to be more involved in the role of trainer, which means that I am going to conduct training sessions for the crew and maintenance staff at the customer’s premises. This also means that I will have to implement and explain the documentation I have created myself practically, so that anyone who may be unfamiliar with it will then be able to work with the documents on the vehicle or operate it. The big advantage for me is that I can incorporate any knowledge I may have gained into the documentation afterwards.
After several independent projects and the excellent leadership and promotion of my own team leader, I was recently promoted to team leader myself. The aim is to continue to look after my own client in the long term or to deepen the relationship, to officially calculate and manage projects independently and perhaps the most important function, to form and lead my own team. My professional career has, I think, already helpfully paved the way for this, so that I am looking forward to new challenges and I am optimistic about the future and my tasks at Aleido.
Conclusion of my career choice
For almost nine years now, I have been practicing the profession of a technical writer, which could not be more varied with its ups and downs and also certain demands. Nevertheless, I feel confirmed in my decision to take this path. And at the end of the day, it offers me the security I need. And that is still the alpha and omega for me.