Technical Writer - Pilot / Flight Manuals

Collins Aerospace

Cedar Rapids, IA Marketing & Media

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United States of America


HIA32: Cedar Rapids, IA 400 Collins Rd NE , Cedar Rapids, IA, 52498-0505 USA

At Collins Aerospace, we’re dedicated to relentlessly tackle the toughest challenges in our industry – all to redefine aerospace.

Created in 2018 through the combination of two leading companies– Rockwell Collins and United Technologies Aerospace Systems – we’re driving the industry forward through technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for global aerospace and defense. Every day we imagine ways to make the skies and the spaces we touch smarter, safer and more amazing than ever. Together we chart new journeys, reunite families, protect nations and save lives. And we do it all with some of the greatest talent this industry has to offer.

We are Collins Aerospace and we hope you join us as we REDEFINE AEROSPACE.

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.Are you a strategic thinker who can see beyond the now? Be part of a team that is developing the strategy and direction of one of the biggest players in the aerospace industry. The Strategy, Development & Communications team is a major influencer in the long-term vision of Collins Aerospace. Working together with teams across the company, we focus on strategic planning and analysis, internal and external communications, mergers and acquisitions and revenue synergies. Join a team that has its pulse on the future of aerospace and watch your career take flight.

Role Overview

The Technical Writer for Pilot/Flight Manuals position includes, but is not limited to, authoring complete Pilot/Operator technical publications related to aircraft systems and components, typically comprised of avionics, communication, navigation, flight control, audio, flight management, information processing, displays, diagnostic, and surveillance products. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Liaises with product developers, engineers, mechanics and other technical experts, observes production methods, and refers to technical specifications, blueprints, engineering illustrations, and trade journals to acquire knowledge needed to develop Flight Manuals, Pilot Guides, and associated publications.

  • Participates in determining objectives of assignments. Plans, schedules, and arranges own activities in accomplishing objectives. Work is reviewed upon completion.

  • Prepares publication outlines and estimates to support development and planning.

  • Researches, analyzes, and translates technical information and specifications into government and commercial Flight Manuals, Pilot Guides, and other documents for non-technical and technical users.

  • Ability to negotiate change management associated with fluid concurrent development.

  • Accountable for cost, quality, and timely delivery of all work assignments.

  • Accountable for timely, accurate, and thorough project communication.

  • Establishes and maintains internal and external company contacts to support publications development for Collins Aerospace equipment and specific platforms.

  • Assists in the development of department policies, guidelines, and procedures to ensure quality and cost control.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 years flight experience as a Pilot/Co-Pilot/Flight Navigator on commercial or military platform(s).

  • Working knowledge of Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance (CNS) systems and integration on a Pilot Vehicle Interface (PVI).

  • Experience in production and/or using Flight Manuals and Pilot Guides in the instruction and use of CNS and/or PVI architecture.

  • Experience using or operating aircraft avionics equipment and systems.

  • Ability to understand and comprehend system and flight operations from typical engineering documentation.

  • High literacy in structured authoring (SGML, XML) environment.

  • Experience with developing publications in ArborText Editor, Adobe FrameMaker, and MS Word.

  • Knowledge of industry (ATA-2200/2300, S1000D) and military writing specifications.

  • Professional attitude toward work assignments, customer relationships, and company/department goals and vision.

  • High interpersonal communication skills, and must be able to present material effectively to both internal and external customers.

  • Strong attention to detail and personal organization.

Basic Qualifications

  • US Citizen.

  • Ability to obtain a security clearance.

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in the appropriate discipline and 5 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 3 years of relevant experience.  In the absence of a degree, 9 years of relevant experience is required.

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.
Some of our competitive benefits package includes:
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance
• Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees
• Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution
• Tuition reimbursement
• Life insurance and disability coverage
• And more

Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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Job ID: 69568

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