Japanese Translator/Technical Automotive Part-time


Lingua Science has an opening for a translator to work onsite at an automaker engineering department providing technical translations.

Part-time, 30 hours/week

Excellent work environment


  • Translate technical automotive specifications, manuals, reports, presentations, meeting materials, etc. mainly from Japanese into English.
  • Format translated documents working in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, email, and other.
  • Provide language support to visiting staff as needed.
  • Occasional interpreting for onsite meetings, phone conversations/meetings, and video conferences. Translation is 90% or more of the job.
  • Maintain terminology list for the department to keep translated terms consistent
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 4-year college degree preferred
  • Fluency in Japanese and English, JLPT1 or higher if a non-native Japanese speaker
  • Prior technical translation experience, preferably automotive
  • Excellent communication skills and very strong writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and maintain consistently good work product (good self-checking skills)
  • Strong computer skills in MSOffice, and the ability to work with PDFs, graphics within documents, etc.
  • Ability to multitask, set priorities, and meet deadlines

Saline, MI

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