Technical Translator (Japanese – English) Automotive


Technical translator (Japanese-English) needed full-time at a growing automaker office in Ann Arbor, MI.

The contract position is as a direct W2 Lingua Science employee dispatched to work onsite at our client’s office.

Nice work environment in a large office setting, working with a team of other
professional translators.


  • Translation of vehicle specifications, manuals, drawings, test procedures, etc. mainly from Japanese into English.
  •  Proofreading/editing of translated documents.
  • Translation of presentation materials, technical reports, other reports, emails, general documents, etc.
  • Formatting of translated documents to include source language graphics.
  • Interpreting at various meetings. Meetings could include an evening meeting once a month. However, the opportunity for interpreting is fairly rare.
  • Collaboration with the translation group to develop and improve translation job systems.
  • Support with maintaining and updating terminology lists.
  • The job is 90%+ document translation.


  • 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 technical translation and/or
    business translation 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
  • Interview would include a brief J-E translation test done on PC without the use of dictionaries, internet, or cell phone.


  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • Paid holidays
  • Employee referral plan
  • No health insurance is offered at this time

Ann Arbor, MI


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Job Type:
Full-time, contract

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