Aviation Technical Writer

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, USA Remote

Full time

Aug 24

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Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team has been steadily working toward our goal of providing safe, affordable, fully electric air transportation that is accessible to everyone. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the congestion below, giving you back that time you’d otherwise spend sitting in traffic. Technology has advanced to the point where designing and operating an all-electric aircraft is completely viable. Our team has been discreetly designing and flight testing this vehicle and is looking for talented individuals to see it through certification and high rate production.


As an Aviation Technical Writer, you will be part of a fast-scaling engineering team responsible for the quality, discovery and accuracy of the documentation for the technologies related to an aircraft product. Specifically, you will be responsible for all aspects of writing and editing content for the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM), the Flight Crew Operations Manual (FCOM) and the Quick Reference Handbook (QRH). You will do hands-on research and obtain necessary technical content from subject matter experts while translating it into clear, concise, structured documentation. Sometimes you will need to create original content, sometimes you will edit contributed content, and other times you will rework existing documentation.


  • Gather and analyze source documentation provided by subject matter experts (SME)
  • 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


  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering, aviation, communication, business or related subject
  • Experience developing flight crew publications (e.g. AFM, FCOM, QRH)
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to ask good questions to tease out detail and nuance
  • Ability to turn information gathered into clear and concise prose
  • Experience creating specifications for illustrations to allow visualization of complex concepts
  • Experience using the Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of the aerospace industry 


  • Experience writing certification documents for government aviation regulatory authorities (FAA / EASA)
  • At least 2 years’ experience developing flight crew publications (AFM, FCOM, QRH) strongly preferred
  • Experience with graphics tools (e.g. Visio, Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop)
  • Experience with WebManuals
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