Maintenance Technical Writer

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Full time

Aug 24

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Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team is steadily working toward our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the traffic congestion below, giving you back the time that otherwise would have spent sitting in traffic. Since 2009, our team has been making this dream a reality, designing and flight testing a prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented individuals to join our team as we push onwards towards certifying the aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, high-rate production, and preparing for commercialization with launch targeted in select markets for 2024.


As an Aviation Maintenance Technical Writer, you will be part of a fast-scaling team responsible for the quality and accuracy of the customer documentation for the technologies related to an aircraft product. Specifically, you will be responsible for all aspects of planning, writing, editing and obtaining internal and FAA approval of the content of the Aircraft Maintenance Manual, Instructions for Continued Airworthiness, Initial Provisioning Document, Structural Repair Manual, Wiring Diagram Manual, Component Maintenance Manuals, and other documents as needed. You will do hands-on research and obtain necessary technical content from subject matter experts while translating it into clear, concise, structured documentation. This task will range from creation of original content, to editorial review to rework of content as required as it evolves.


  • Gather and analyze source documentation provided by subject matter experts (SME)
  • Work with fabricators and maintainers of test article aircraft to document all needed information and instructions to fully support maintenance activities on the aircraft
  • Compose end-user documents based on source documentation and analysis
  • Track documents during creation, review and approval processes, and throughout their life cycle, using tools such as Jira and WebManuals
  • Ensure internal and regulator approval of end-user documents
  • Create specifications for illustrations required in all maintenance documents in coordination with illustrators and engineers.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering, aviation, communication, business or related subject
  • Excellent English language technical writing skills
  • Previous experience developing maintenance publications for government aviation regulatory authorities (FAA / EASA) in support of aircraft type certification within project deadlines
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to turn complex engineering information into clear, concise, and understandable processes, procedures and guidance
  • Ability to ask good questions to tease out detail and nuance
  • Experience creating specifications for illustrations to clarify, simplify and promote end-user understanding of complex concepts
  • Experience using the Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge and experience in the aerospace industry.


  • FAA A&P certificate or military/foreign equivalent – management of, or working in maintenance teams a strong plus
  • At least 3 years’ experience developing maintenance publications strongly preferred
  • Experience with Atlassian software products (Jira, Confluence) a plus
  • Previous experience developing avionics publications a plus
  • Previous experience developing wiring diagram publications a plus
  • Previous experience developing structural repair publications a plus
  • Previous experience developing troubleshooting guides a plus
  • Previous experience with ASD S1000D a plus
  • Previous experience with Simplified Technical English a plus
  • Experience with graphics tools (e.g. Visio, Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop)
  • Experience with WebManuals a plus
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