Technical Translator (Japanese-English)


Technical translator/interpreter needed full-time at an automaker office in Ann Arbor, MI and also Gardena, CA.

The position is as a Lingua Science employee with benefits of paid time off and some paid holidays, dispatched to work onsite at our client’s offices.


  • Translation of vehicle specifications, manuals, drawings, test procedures, etc.
  • Proofreading/editing of translated documents.
  • Translation of presentation materials, technical reports, other reports, emails, general documents, etc.
  • Interpreting at various meetings, including an evening meeting once or twice a month.
  • Collaboration with the translation group to develop and improve translation job systems.
  • Support with maintaining and updating terminology lists.


  • Excellent written and spoken language skills in English and Japanese (Japanese skills must be at least JLPT 1 for non-native speakers, or equivalent)
  • 2- or 4- year college degree
  • 2-5 years of translation experience, preferably in automotive or a technical field
  • Advanced MS Office skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to operate translation software (TRADOS) is a plus
  • Ability to follow written instructions, plan, organize, and meet deadlines
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with people at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as work long periods by oneself in front of a computer

Ann Arbor, MI or Gardena, CA

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Job Type:
Full-time, contract


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