Technical Writer/Trainer

Job Description

Location: Toronto, CanadaThales people architect solutions that support 85 million mainline and suburban passenger journeys, worldwide, every day. Our Rail Signalling and Communication systems are used on metro lines across major cities, and 72,000 km of route, and 52,000 trains per day in 16 countries are controlled by our Traffic Management Systems. Together We deployed the first-ever nationwide ticketing system which processes over 50 million ticketing transactions in 100 cities daily. Thales provides world-leading Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) and interlocking for mass rail transit applications globally. The Centre of Competence for Urban Rail Signalling is located right before you in mid-town Toronto. As the largest office in Canada, we house a department for every step of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)! This includes Software, Hardware, Systems Design, Verification & Validation, Operations, etc. The supporting corporate shared services teams in Finance, Human Resources, and IT are also located at the office. Our office space was designed to provide a sustainable, healthy workplace that expresses TRSS’s brand while increasing collaboration. Features include Greenguard furniture, EnergyStar appliances, low-emitting adhesives, sealants, and sliding glass doors on internal offices that provide daylight and views of the outside. Come join the big Transport family, here in Toronto!

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Technical Writer/Trainer

To prepare Operations and Maintenance (O&M) manuals for company products, and prepare and present technical training courses.  To provide technical support to Customer Service when required. Also as a Project Lead, oversees multiple projects and the O&M training team cost and schedule, and daily interfaces to Project Manager/Engineering/Customer.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Prepare Operation manuals, Maintenance manuals, and User guides for company products by researching technical documents, interviewing technical resources, and compiling data into a clear, easy to follow Manual
  • Prepare various product training materials
  • Collate source information from design and development groups
  • Incorporate internal and customer comments
  • Circulate drafts for input and review
  • Detail changes using company quality procedures
  • Report Manual production through draft, review, approval, and submittal cycle
  • Liaise with the safety group and RAMs to ensure that all warnings and cautions listed in the hazard log are documented in the relevant training materials and manuals, as required
  • Ensure that manuals describe safe practices for performing Preventive and Corrective maintenance procedures that may not necessarily be listed in the Hazard Log
  • Prepare presentation and delivers technical training courses to customers.  This includes research, a compilation of data into training guides, training aids, and relevant audio/visual course material
  • Provide general technical support to the Customer Service department and to customers when required
  • Document operating procedures, troubleshooting strategies, and preventive and corrective maintenance procedures for distributed systems
  • Design, develop and deliver courses for the classroom, instructor-led, virtual, and e-learning formats
  • Respond to Project Lead requests as required
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

In addition to the above responsibilities, as a Project Lead responsible to:

  • Prepare, review, update, and sign-off Work Package Agreement (WPA) for their Project
  • Prepare the entire Work Package, training deliverables, and hours/budget for the project (tracking all project training hours) – ensure there are no unjustified overruns
  • Provide Bottoms-Up Estimate (BUE) analysis / Estimate to Complete (ETC) review / Request for Quotation (RFQ) estimates to the Project team
  • Attend Risk Review Meetings, update Month End Schedules and participate in key Design Review meetings with the Customer
  • Support Bids and Proposals group inputs
  • Evaluate and report on project Estimates to Complete (ETC) to provide clarity on cost exposures and future labor needs
  • Perform Training Needs Analysis (TNA)
  • Define the training Solution, based on TNA and Customer requirements. Gathers all necessary information, liaises with technical contributors as appropriate
  • Work collaboratively with other training contributors to ensure content completeness and consistency
  • Resolve issues and manage feedback loops with students and customers
  • Manage the pertinent work processes to ensure on-time delivery with rigorous emphasis placed on continuous-improvement in productivity, cost-effectiveness, quality, and customer satisfaction
  • Provide support to assigned projects in all aspects of training and documentation. This includes defining resource requirements and outlining budgets as they relate to the course and manual development
  • Track assigned projects and provide/update regular reports on project status to the Training Manager and key stakeholders
  • Review hours/progress of percent complete for the Operations/Maintenance  team per project to ensure they have enough hours and are not overrunning activities and advise the Training Manager
  • Conduct separate weekly/bi-weekly meetings with Training Manager to advise on issues with  project deliverables schedule and hours
  • Participate in project meetings, interfacing with Customers, Project Manager, and planner/schedulers
  • For projects with outsourced deliverables: Be the single point of contact with vendor staff, coach and direct vendor staff, review outputs and review progress reports/estimates
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Key Requirements:

  • 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in preparing/ writing technical documentation and delivering technical training
  • Diploma in Electronics/Technology or equivalent experience.
  • Technical training experience with complex systems and solutions
  • Proven didactic skills, knowledge, and teaching methods
  • Ability to explain and describe complex technical concepts to a varied audience
  • Ability to analyze and interpret hardware/software/system specifications and documentation
  • Flexibility to achieve training objectives in unexpected circumstances
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Well-versed in business communication/video conferencing software like MS Teams, and Webex.
  • Superior Customer service and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational skills and highly detailed oriented
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification in Adult Learning Principles and Project Management would be an asset.
  • Project management experience and/or delivery of complex bids and proposals.