Résumé of
Richard Amyx
994 North Second Street
San Jose, California 95112
(408) 297-4438
dick@amyx.org


Position Sought:
Technical Publications Manager
Senior Technical Writer

 
Career History


Jun. 2003 to Apr. 2005 Writing Consultant
Through EPC Consultants, Inc.: Technical Writer/Editor handling documentation for preliminary engineering associated with the Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Project—the exension of BART service from Warm Springs to Diridon Station in San Jose.
Teja Technologies, Inc.
Feb. 2001 to Jun. 2003
Publications Manager
One-man publications department for a start-up that makes application development software for Network Processing Units. Created documentation and documentation processes, and documented all elements of the product: GUI, API, proprietary C language, and runtime module. Primary tools were FrameMaker and Adobe Acrobat; also worked with PageMaker and HTML; maintained some information on a TwikiWeb.
Digital Microwave Corporation
Mar. 1998 to Feb. 2001 
Senior Technical Writer 
Create and maintain user documentation and ancillary documentation for digital microwave radios in SNMP networks.  Primary tools/media were FrameMaker and Adobe Acrobat; also used HTML and MS Word 97. 
WebFlow Corporation
Aug. 1997 to Jan. 1998 
Manager, Technical Publications 
One-man technical publications department for a start-up company producing Web-based collaborative information-sharing software using FrameMaker 5.5, and Adobe Acrobat.  WebFlow ceased to exist as a corporate entity in February, 1998.
Centigram Communications 
Corporation
Dec. 1995 to Aug. 1997 
Senior Technical Writer 
Created user manuals and release documentation for commercial voice messaging systems. Platform: PC/Win95. Tools included Word for Windows 7, FrameMaker5.1, and a variety of HTML editors.
March 1993 to Dec. 1995 Writing Consultant 
Freelance and agency contracts in a variety of fields. 
Megatest Corporation
June 1991 to March 1993 
Manager, Technical Publications 
Rebuilt department of four writers; brought documentation from a year late to on time; reconnected department to company infrastructure; helped create product development process. Responsible for thirteen volumes of user documentation for automatic test equipment plus application notes and other marketing material; managed contract writers as well as staff. Primary tool was FrameMaker on SPARC workstations. 
MAD Intelligent Systems, Inc.
May 1989 to April 1991 
Manager, Technical Publications 
Hired in as working manager of empty department and maintained department single-handedly for six months; ultimately led to a staff of three. Responsible for all documentation needs for deductive database programming language running on Sun platform (SPARC1 and 4/330); managed contract writers as well as staff. Tools included MS Word 5.0 (DOS), Windows, Word for Windows, AmiPro. 
June 1988 to May 1989 Writing Consultant 
Four contracts documenting hardware products, including component-level board descriptions. Tools used include PC + MS Word 4.0, Macintosh + MSWord 3.1, and Epsilon + TEX. 
Corvus Systems, Inc. 
Oct. 1986 to June 1988
Manager, Technical Publications 
Working manager of small technical publications department; primary products were local area network operating systems, cabling, and associated items. Inherited totally defunct department; wrote ten minor manuals and one major manual while directing preparation of three major ones. Duties included editing and network management. 
June 1979 to Sept. 1986 Writing Consultant 
Wrote and prepared camera-ready copy for about 30 manuals for 13 clients; data sheets; sales and marketing materials; technical notes and application notes; magazine articles. Worked directly with publications managers, vice presidents, engineers, programmers, printers, and graphic artists. Wrote articles for magazines and journals about my own programming and interests; seven publication credits. Hands-on experience with Pascal, Basic, Fortran,and assembly code. 
BTI Computer Systems
Feb. 1979 to June 1979 
Marketing Writer 
Writer and production editor of sales aids for applications software. 
Shafer-Stohel Concepts, Inc.
Aug. 1978 to Jan. 1979 
Senior Writer/Project Leader 
Wrote and managed the production of hardware and software manuals for a variety of products. 
City of San Jose, Department of Public Works
Sept. 1964 to Aug. 1978 
Civil Engineering Technician 
Civil engineering design, drafting, specifications; contract administration. 


Education
Three years' EE curriculum, University of California, Berkeley 

B.A. English (Creative Writing), San Jose State University 

Graduate studies in Literature and Creative Writing, San Jose StateUniversity and San Francisco State University 

Graduate studies in Public Administration, San Jose State University

April, 2005