Instructions for Use – Becoming a Technical Editor

Hi! I’m Katharina from Munich and I’m having a great intern opportunity at LTC for a few weeks.

On my first day, I was asked questions like, “Do you want to study at a university?” “Do you already know what kind of job you’d like later on?” The answer to the first question was easy since I just got accepted at the Hochschule München to study “Technical Editing and Communication.”

However, my application took a long time as I was so undecided. Many students already know exactly what they want to do later, but not me. I knew I wanted to study something related to communication, but also something related to management. That combination isn’t that easy to find at Munich’s universities.

After looking around for a long time and speaking with many people, I finally found the course of study I mentioned earlier and was instantly taken with the idea.

So what is a technical editor?

A technical editor is a kind of a hinge between technology and a target group – he or she makes the technical world understandable to anyone.

This person, for example, writes operating instructions or assembly instructions for various products including car parts or domestic appliances.

Because more and more new techniques, machines and products require instructions or explanations, technical editors have good employment prospects now as well as in the future.

In addition to writing product descriptions, graduates in this field can also work in media agencies, in the television industry, at specialist publications, as well as with many other service providers.

My motivation for becoming a technical editor matches the huge work opportunities reflecting a wide range of subjects. These include, on the one hand, technical subjects such as “technical informatics” or “mechanics and construction,” and on the other hand, creative subjects such as images and video productions or visual design.

The word “technical” frightened me at first because so far I have only superficial technical knowledge. But nevertheless, I’m convinced that the field represents a very interesting chance to learn about new products and developments. So I’m curious about what lies ahead. And actually, technical aspects make up only 20% of the entire course work – other topics such as writing, editing, graphic design, etc. make up the bulk of the curriculum.

My post-university plans are not yet set because I still want to get some overall work impressions first. It’s been really useful for me to get hands-on experience in working life and having a go at understanding technology-related communications activities at LTC.