Digital Prospectors Hardware and Software Technical Writer in Lexington, Massachusetts

Hardware and Software Technical Writer

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract

Recruiter: Peter Roos at

Phone: 603-772-2700

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Job Title: Hardware and Software Technical Writer

Location : Lexington, MA

Duration: 36 months and 40 hours per week

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. An essential function of this job is physical attendance. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer which includes providing equal employment opportunity for all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements to obtain a Security Clearance for access to classified information. An Active Secret Clearance is desired.

Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges. We have placed hundreds of talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

The mission is critical and the work is as cutting edge as it is rewarding. The teams are superbly managed groups of world class engineers from all types of interesting and diverse backgrounds - AND THEY ARE HIRING!

Make this your next career move as one of our many long term contractors or employees!

Work as our full time employee with full benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, PTO, Retirement, etc.) - OR - work as a W2 hourly contractor at a higher pay rate if you don't need the benefit package.


Our client’s Tactical Defense Systems Group supports the United States Air Force in many mission areas that include air vehicle survivability, vulnerability of USAF aircraft to weapons systems, electronic countermeasures and air surveillance for homeland defense. In support of these efforts, the group operates airborne and ground-based testbeds composed of state of the art instrumentation and sensors. The Group requires one (1) full time Engineer II to assist with development of formal hardware and software technical documentation with designs, writing manuals and developing Interface Control Documents (ICDs) of software and hardware systems in support of our systems.

Position Scope/Job Functions

  • The group seeks an Technical writer to support complex systems level design for radar systems, software defined systems, RF receivers and real-time control.

  • Support hardware and software technical documentation for group systems and subsystem drawings schematic diagrams, module hardware diagrams and equipment photographs to be included in the formal technical manuals.

  • Responsible for ensuring that the organization of all material appearing in the Technical manual, Operator's Manual, System Manual and Software Manual is of the correct content, outline, format, style along with the presentation of text, tables, photographs, line drawings and screen captures of the Surrogate systems.

  • Support all required equipment views and photographs of new hardware as well as revisions to hardware as they become available for incorporation into the system.

  • Provide support to incorporate any updated information into the system Operator's Manual using photographs and associated descriptions of control and indicators.

  • Updates highly-detailed multi-sheet Module Hardware Diagrams generated by technical staff to reflect any modifications of the systems that needs to be included in the proper manual.

  • Generate Detailed Block Diagrams for various chassis and subsystems.

  • Generate hardware Functional Block Diagrams (FBDs) of the various chassis and subsystems and updates the block diagrams as needed.

  • Generate software data flow diagrams such as maps and associated spreadsheets to be incorporated into the Software Manual.

  • Assist with converting electrical/electronic block diagrams into user-friendly presentations.

  • Support the Interface Control Document (ICD) equipment racks to reflect in-process interconnections being performed by an installation engineer.

Skills: Required

  • Candidate must have previous experience as a technical writer.

  • Candidate must have experience working with complex systems level design.

  • Previous experience with radar, software defined systems, RF receivers and real time control is required.

  • Candidate must be comfortable dealing with technical end users.

  • Strong Excel, Publishing Tools, Web application and office tools is required.

  • Experience with electrical/electronic schematics and mechanical diagrams.

Skills: Preferred

Experience using sophisticated digital cameras is preferred.

Education/Professional Certifications:

MS plus 3 years minimum experience, or BS plus 5 years minimum experience

Candidates will be expected to bring a portfolio or examples of technical writings to any requested interviews.


Founded in 1999, Digital Prospectors is an award winning recruiting and consulting firm that specializes in placing contract, contract to hire and direct hire engineers into rewarding opportunities with our impressive and ever-growing client base.

Come see why Digital Prospectors has been voted " Best of Staffing " for candidate satisfaction by Inavero /, " Top Temporary Placement Firm " by Boston Business Journal, " Best Company To Work For " by Business NH magazine, " Top IT Services Company " by Inc. Magazine, " Most Reliable Staffing Agency " in Forbes Magazine and " Top Ranked Staffing Firm " by Staffing Industry Analysts.

Phone: 603-772-2700