Employment Opportunities and Resources


STC WorkQuest is a support group for technical communicators (and others) looking for work.

The group concentrates on the specifics of job hunting and tries to both guide the newly unemployed and motivate the ones languishing in their search. It’s also for people who are underemployed or thinking of changing jobs.

People other than STC members may also be involved.

STC WorkQuest no longer holds weekly meetings, but you can still participate through the STC WorkQuest Yahoo! Group.

Click here to view information about upcoming events and browse the site.

Available Communicators

Below is a listing of STC members in Pittsburgh who are currently looking for work in technical communication, editing, publishing, illustration, and related fields.

If you are interested in contacting one or more of the members, please call them directly; we cannot accept calls or e-mails on behalf of the members. The Pittsburgh Chapter does not endorse or recommend individual members for employment. This is not a placement service or employment agency. There is no fee.

Members Only: Send a 50-word listing to the Web Coordinator describing your background and the kind of work you are seeking. Please put STC Available Communicators in the subject of your e-mail.

Dale R. Black
DRB Consulting
Over 12 years of experience writing technical communications within the automotive, financial, information technology, and manufacturing industries.
John Clark
Over 20 years experience in operation manuals, hardware manuals, instructional materials, and PR copywriting. Strong background in electronics, medical devices, and architectural industries. Information Mapping certified. Senior STC member, past president of Pittsburgh chapter.
Noelle C. Conover
Technical writer – 20+ years of experience in IT and Healthcare industries. Skills include writing, editing, online Help, web design & content, preparation of marketing materials and software documentation. Excellent project manager. Experience with: Microsoft Sharepoint, Office Suite, Publisher, Frontpage; Adobe products including Photoshop, ImageReady, and Framemaker; Dreamweaver, and Robohelp.
Robin Davidson
Technical writer and web designer with experience in document design and layout writing, editing, and conducting usability testing. Experience with both Windows and Mac OS X platforms and in web design scripting HTML/CSS documents and working with various content management systems including WordPress and Joomla. Social media experience including marketing and training individuals and businesses in how to use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
David W. Dietz, III
A technical marketing/corporate communications professional with more than 10 years professional experience writing, proofreading and editing technical/sales/marketing/advertising/PR material for print and electronic media. WordPerfect, QuarkXpress, PageMaker, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as HTML and SGML programming. MacIntosh and IBM PC platform.
Mary C. Ecsedy
Website content development specialist. Experienced in web writing that incorporates and supports Search Engine Optimization (“SEO”) research and analysis for business intelligence. Clients in private and public sectors. Complete technical and business writing, software documentation, training, website development, and business website consulting services. Proven, cost-effective phased approach.
Kay Ethier
Kay Ethier consults through Bright Path Solutions, a publishing solutions company. Kay instructs training classes and provides consulting services to clients worldwide. She is most known for her FrameMaker and XML expertise. Now living in North Carolina, Kay still considers Pittsburgh her home.
Elliott C. Evans
PT Consult/Contract
Technical writer and trainer, with experience documenting both hardware and software. Highly skilled in web technology for the Internet and intranets. FrameMaker expert. Also knowledgeable regarding multimedia design, digital video, and digital image editing. B. A. in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, with more than 10 years of experience.
Terri Galante
Former COBOL/IDMS/FORTRAN programmer and Management consultant with 10+ years as  Technical Writer. Extensive experience with online help, web design/content, procedures and software documentation (sometimes derived from reading code). Tools include Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Frontpage, html/xml, IBM Rational Tools, IBM WebSphere Application Developer, javascript,  Microsoft Office Suite, Paint Shop Pro, Publisher, Visio.
Valerie Haus
Proven track record in translating technical information into understandable, complete and accurate information deliverables. Project management related to documentation and training. Experienced with needs assessment, information architecture and usability. Portfolio: user guides, software requirements, network architecture, feature requirements, web, scripts. Voice narration. Education: M.A. Professional Writing, CMU; B.A. Carlow. FrameMaker.
Amy B. Hollister
Senior level Tech Writer/Instructional Designer with experience in tech writing, editing, needs assessment, corporate/employee communications, newsletters, project management, ERP documentation, Sarbanes Oxley, RUP, and document design. Projects include manuals, user guides, training materials, SOX, and marketing literature. Tools include Microsoft Office Suite, FrameMaker, Oracle 11i, TeamSite, Acrobat, and Snag-It.
Leslie Johnson
Over 10 years writing, editing, managing projects, designing, and teaching; including manuals (software, hardware, programming), online help, web content, user and installation guides, training materials, design specifications, proposals, GUI design, workshop development and presentation. Tools include Unix, Windows, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, RoboHelp, Paint Shop Pro, FrameMaker, HTML, Acrobat, and JavaScript.
Carolee Ketelaar
Award-winning contract writer. All types technical, marketing, training, and business writing: manuals (policy/procedure, operations, HR), web content, proposals, instructional materials, brochures, newsletters, press releases. Excellent content development, research, project management, and people skills. Structured authoring, XML/SGML, and information design experience. Clients: ThoughtForm, ANSYS, McDonald’s, Mellon Bank, Caterpillar, West Penn Hospital.
Richard Lohmeyer
Twenty-plus years’ experience as a professional writer/editor of software documentation, on-line help, and proposals, as well as training and marketing communications material. Past president of STC; past vice president – membership for International Association of Business Communicators; Pittsburgh. Degrees in English and Journalism.
Donna Marcotte
Donna Marcotte Consulting
Energy industry communication professional with extensive experience in oil and gas (20 years/15 in Houston), nuclear energy, and engineering. Broad range of business/marketing and technical writing and editing, including: marketing materials (online and printed), articles, tech papers & reports, and more. BS in information science, MA in applied linguistics.
Diana B. Mathis
Technical writer and editor with 20+ years’ experience. Specialties include book/manual and technical journal editing, patient/consumer education, and marketing/public relations/corporate communications writing. Degrees/certifications in biology, nursing, writing/editing. Tools: MSWord, WordPerfect. Clients include US Public Health Service, Elsevier, West Penn Hospital.
Dennis McCarthy
412-831-0488 (H)
412-377-9356 (Cell)
A performance-driven Technical Documentation Specialist helping companies in information technology, software development, transportation, manufacturing, corporate help desk support, and health care improve client satisfaction by providing thorough software testing, clear and concise technical manuals, and on point strategic business communications.
James E. McCarty
Creates operating/maintenance procedures manuals, TS guides, and training materials for production systems. Includes robotics, factory automation, process machinery, and process control from PLCs to DCSs. Documents PM, PRM, and CMMS programs.
Creates documentation for ISO certification. Clients: Alcoa, ATI, Calgon Carbon, Cannon, Eaton, Exxon, Hewlett-Packard, Ford, Ingersoll-Rand, Joy, Plextronics, Roche, Siemens, Westinghouse.
Robert P. Mohr

Over 7 years of technical writing and hands-on software development: 28 manuals, 18 online help systems, 23 databases, 34 project schedules, 10 proposals, 5 Web sites, 3 published magazine articles, 20 technical newsletter articles, 100+ programs. Highly skilled in MS Word, RoboHelp, MS Access, FrameMaker, HTML, PDF, and VBA. Knowledgeable in CMM.
Mary Ann Pike
Part Time/Freelance
B.S.E.E. and M.A. in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Over 15 years’ extensive engineering and documentation experience. User manuals, technical reports, technical articles, software documentation/requirements, training materials, proposals, policies, guidelines. All major document production systems (including XML) and development environments. Co-author of seven books on Internet-related topics. Prefer contracts that would allow some of the work to be done at home.
Denise Wittkofski
412-606-8207 (Cell)
Proposal Writer
Proposal writer with experience writing and managing proposals for government and commercial customers. Background includes all aspects of proposal development: interviewing SMEs; developing templates, schedules, and graphics; drafting executive summaries, technical and management approaches; and developing resumes and company background information. Keen attention to detail, deadlines, and proposal requirements.
Christopher Scott Wyatt
Contract and Freelance
Technical communicator since 1987. Programmer and Web developer specializing in online and new media communication. Extensive experience installing and customizing Drupal, WordPress, Moodle, and other platforms. CompTIA A+ and Microsoft certified. Journalism experience; currently a tech columnist. Doctorate in STC from Univ. of Minnesota. Journalism degree from USC Annenberg.

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