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Education and Experience Requirements

The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for Technical Writer and Technical Editor positions. Click here for information onhow experience and education may be combined.

Grade

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General

 

Specialized

 

GS-5

4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Must have included a total of 15 semester hours in an appropriate scientific, technical, or social science field(s), and at least one course above the introductory level in the field(s) covered by the position. For technical manuals and specifications writers or editors, the equivalent of 15 semester hours may have been gained through vocational or educational training above the high school level at a public, private, or Armed Forces school.

3 years, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4

None

 

 

GS-7

1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement

None

1 year equivalent to at least GS-5

GS-9

master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related

None

1 year equivalent to at least GS-7

GS-11

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree Or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree Or LL.M., if related

None

1 year equivalent to at least GS-9

GS-12 and above

None

None

1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

 

Undergraduate Education: One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in an accredited college or university.

Graduate Education: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts shown in the table meets the requirements for positions at GS-7 through GS-11. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1-year of full-time study requirement.

Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

General Experience: Experience that provided an understanding of the basic principles, practices, operations, and specialized vocabulary of the appropriate scientific, technical, or social science field(s), or with equipment or technical systems. The applicant must have acquired the ability to describe information in simple, clear language.

Specialized Experience: Experience that required substantial subject matter or technical knowledge of the field. This experience must have demonstrated the ability to acquire and present technical information through independent reading, interviews with subject-matter specialists, observation of tests and experiments, interpretation of blueprints or diagrams, or other appropriate methods. Such experience may have been acquired as a writer or editor of technical reports, articles, manuals, or specifications.

Examples of Specialized Experience:

For GS-7: Working as a trainee, receiving formal classroom instruction and/or on-the-job training in the principles, concepts, work processes, regulations, and reference materials fundamental to the mission of the organization and the functions of the writer/editor, plus on-the-job training assignments that provide a practical understanding of the organization, programs, policies, and objectives of the employing agency as well as furnish experience in the application of principles, procedures, and work techniques to actual operating situations.

For GS-9: Work utilizing knowledge of grammar, writing and editing practices, style requirements, and knowledge of specialized technical areas of study to gather and verify facts; to write or edit factual materials, such as reports, specifications, contracts, or manuscripts; and to develop and present factual information that is clear and meaningful to the intended audience. Technical writers and technical editors use this knowledge along with substantial subject-matter knowledge to write or edit primarily scientific or technical documents, such as reports of research findings, training manuals, operating manuals, repair manuals, or technical specifications that are clear and useful to the intended audience. These guides typically are very detailed and include many illustrations, tables, and charts that are edited for correctness and meaningful placement. The employee usually develops tables of contents and indexes, and prepares the material for printing. Assignments typically are fairly routine, and often constitute parts of more complex assignments.

For GS-11: Work gathering information and verifying facts to write or edit factual materials, such as reports, specifications, contracts, or manuscripts; and to develop and present factual information that is clear and meaningful. Technical writers and technical editors use this knowledge along with substantial subject-matter knowledge to develop detailed scientific or technical documents, such as reports of research findings, training manuals, operating manuals, repair manuals, or technical specifications that are clear and useful to the intended audience. Specifications must be written accurately and clearly and in a format that can be used in invitation for bid and final contracts. The technical writer or editor uses judgment in selecting the appropriate guidelines, references, and precedents, decides how to adapt the guidelines when necessary to develop written products that achieve the objectives. Written products typically are similar in format and approach to material produced in the past, and deal with similar problems or situations. The technical writer or editor prepares information for audiences, such as segments of the public directly and indirectly affected by agency programs; civilian employees or military personnel whose productivity, and sometimes safety, depends on its accuracy; persons or companies wishing to bid on contracts; or engineers, scientists, and potential contractors who design and test equipment and systems for agency or military use.

 

For GS-12: Working on projects that require knowledge of a broad range of sources of pertinent information, and the skill to analyze and present the information gathered; interpreting and explaining a variety of subjects, and writing or editing materials tailored to specific uses, such as technical manuals. They use knowledge of materials previously released or in process to avoid contradictions and unnecessary repetition. Technical writers and editors often coordinate the work of designers and technicians in developing effective, accessible formats, as well as illustrations and tabular material to augment the written message. Technical writers and editors present information clearly and at a level appropriate for the intended audience in order to assure they are accurate and functional. Research, using diverse sources that often include engineers, equipment specialists, or other technical experts, is necessary to collect information used as the groundwork for developing legally and technically sound documents. that must be drafted in clear, simple, and brief language. Documents are often tested and validated by users before publication.

For GS-13: Working on projects that require knowledge of a broad range of sources of pertinent information, interpreting and explaining a variety of subjects, and writing or editing materials such as manuals used for training as well as for operation and maintenance purposes. Technical writers and editors present information clearly and at a level appropriate for the intended audience in order to promote thorough understanding. Technical writing and editing assignments often involve departures from commonly accepted theories or methods in the subject-matter field. They require substantial analysis to present convincing evidence of new findings or to present accurate and critical information, for example, on the proper use of the most advanced weapon systems. Research, using diverse sources, is necessary to collect information used as the groundwork for developing legally and technically sound documents that must be drafted in clear, simple, and brief language. Developing the necessary knowledge requires performing library research on the operation of the ordnance, reviewing specifications, and physically examining samples when possible. The writer or editor originates approaches in explaining new policies and programs or interpreting and explaining the applications of the latest research findings. Technical documents are often validated by users before distribution to assure they are complete, understandable, and accurate.

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