The Education of a Tech Writer — Never Ending – 5 Oct 2017 [Meeting]

What must you learn (and keep current in) to be a technical communicator?  What are the required skills, tools, and terminologies and complexities of the industries, fields, and topics in which you are working?  

There’s more to technical communications than how it is presented in academia and business—both sides are frequently unaware of the requirements of this profession. What is out there, and where are we now?

This discussion looks at technical communication only from the perspective of the writing and editing, and not from illustration or programming needs.

About Our Speaker

Dave Gardner has a B.A. degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Guam, with coursework toward an M.S. in marine biology from the University of Guam. He has a Certificate in Alternate Energy Education from the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus. He has gone through the two-year program at U.C. Santa Cruz Extension in Santa Clara for a Certificate in Management of Technical Documentation and Publications. He has taken computer science classes at New Mexico State University and at Las Positas Community College in Livermore. He has studied for and passed the Cisco Certified Networking Associate exam and has also gone through weeklong “bootcamps” — one in Agile Software Development Methods and one for DITA-XML.

Dave has provided documentation services for organizations that include the University of Guam Marine Laboratory, the U.S. Dept of Army Materiel Test and Evaluation, U.S. Dept of Energy Office of Inspector General Office of Audits, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NASA Ames Research Center International Space Station Project Gravitational Biology Facility, Ascent Logic Corporation, Verilink Corporation, Cisco Systems, Veritas Software, Fujitsu Networking, AGTEK, STOKE Networks, Force10 Networks, Tasman Networks, Save Mart Supermarkets, PMC-Sierra, SpiderCloud Wireless Networks, San Jose Office of Environmental Management, PG&E, Pacific Northview Laboratories, BioRad, Affymetrix, Amgen/Agilent, DervalResearch, Vormetric, CenCal Health, and VSP.

Dave has also been a school teacher (private and public), a freelance tutor, a car salesman, an insurance agent, and done freelance writing for magazines and newspapers.

Meeting Logistics

Date: Thursday, 5 October 2017

Location:  Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583
About our meetings


Going 680 North, take Crow Canyon Road exit, turn left, cross over the freeway.

Going 680 South, take Crow Canyon Road exit, turn right.

Then, take the 1st right onto San Ramon Valley Blvd. Restaurant is ½ mile on the right.


5:30 – Networking
6:15 – Dinner
6:45 – Chapter Business
7:15 – Program
8:30 – Adjourn
We hold a raffle at the end of the meeting.

Reserve by Monday, 2 OCTOBER 2017!

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