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Technical Publications Specialist

Job Title
Technical Publications Specialist
Job ID
Blair,  NE 68008
Other Location
Astec is a global, environmentally focused infrastructure and manufacturing company of asphalt road building and aggregate processing. Our mission is to design and build the most innovative products for the industries we serve. Leveraging innovative solutions and technologies, we serve customers all over the world.

The Technical Publications Specialist prepares equipment Manuals and Operation/Service Manuals for all Astec Products to enable the customer to identify materials that were used to build their equipment.

Key Deliverables
  • Writes technical copy for manuals, user's guides, and publications.
  • Complies digital Manuals on the eCommerce site.
  • Produce manuals based on engineering data and manufacturing production schedule.
  • Review Bill of Materials changes to ensure that all updates have been made for the manuals.
  • Manually assemble technical publication hard copies for customers.
Key Activities & Responsibilities
  • Compiles and publishes product manuals in accordance with manufacturing production schedule.
  • Reviews drawing and bill-of-material changes for impact to publication data; schedules and incorporates changes into manuals.
  • Reviews drawings and design reports, writes text, and coordinates layout and design of materials.
  • Perform graphics work for catalogs, operator manuals, service manuals, and similar.
  • Load and manage content to online storefront for customer ordered publication reprints.
  • Maintain online catalogs and eCommerce content.
  • Will take the manuals that have been previously created and will make sure they are updated with changes that may come.
  • Communicate with the Engineering Service and Sales Teams effectively.
  • Depending on the functions of the role there may be a specific focus for the manuals that are being produced.
To be successful in this role, your experience and competencies are:
  • Associates degree in technical writing, business, engineering/design, or manufacturing operations related discipline; equivalent combination of training, experience, and education.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Graphic design skills or desktop publishing skills (InDesign, Photoshop, FrameMaker and Illustrator).
  • Current hands-on experience using Microsoft Office Products, specifically Excel, and Word.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret engineering drawings, documents, and other technical information.
  • 3 or more years of experience or education working with and/or interpreting engineering data or engineering drawings.
  • 3 or more year of experience or education using or working with technical publications.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and priorities.
  • Solid written communication skills; technical writing, editing and documentation experience.
  • Proficiency with Document online parts catalogs preferred but not required.
  • Experience interpreting commercial technical data including drawings, maintenance, and operations manuals.
Supervisor and Leadership Expectations

Our Culture and Values
Employees that become part of Astec embody the values below throughout their work.
  • Continuous devotion to meeting the needs of our customers
  • Honesty and integrity in all aspects of business
  • Respect for all individuals
  • Preserving entrepreneurial spirit and innovation
  • Safety, quality, and productivity as means to ensure success
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to risk of injury in an office environment and occasionally a manufacturing shop plant environment. Duties include a typical office setting including extensive computer work, sitting, or standing. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Astec does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender (sex), sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, citizenship status, a person’s veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law or executive order.

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