Just imagine what an incorrect translation of safety would mean to a technician whose job is to maintain a large machine. Getting technical translation right is not as easy as it may seem. There can be quite number of significant differences in English terminology between seemingly similar fields. In a technical translation, a technical translator must not only possess an excellent command of both the source and target languages, but also an in-depth understanding of the subject matter, its terminology and right way of expressing in a catchy and simple language.
A key to a best technical translation is the consistent use of correct terminology. It plays the role to promote consistency and accuracy in the technical translation. A Technical translator should be much familiar with technical jargon in both languages. A major part of technical translation is technical writing or a good technical translation requires good technical writing. The main challenge a technical translator face during technical translation is that documents are often written with different stylistic conventions in different languages in a given industry or the standard market prevailing in that region. Technical translation is not like translating literature. There are no cultural cues to preserve and no great literary techniques to convert into specific rules. What needs to be preserved is the technical content of the document in the right manner.
The technical translation may involve documents such as technical manuals, Product literatures, Users Guides, installation instructions or Installation manuals, Operating Manuals, system requirement documents, Pre sale and post sale booklets, patents, service manuals, Maintenance manuals, technical training material, Service manuals, technical brochures, Engineering specifications, User guides, CAD drawings, data sheets, E-Learning, tender documents, Bill of Materials, Catalogs, Labels, Presentations, Safety Manuals (for print and interactive media), Software and Hardware UI, Training materials, Technical proposals, Website, Other marketing Materials Magazines, periodicals, scientific journals and more.
Technical translation always deals with technical material which runs into pages that are quickly translated and deliver within a few days. Most of the technical translation is written in MS Word. In certain case technical translation is done in other file formats such as Adobe Framemaker, InDesign, XML and just about any other document file format according to the client’s requirements. If your technical translation involves technical drawing and illustrations, it call also be done by the textual call outs and captions.
A technical translator should use the combination of his/her experience, absolute technical accuracy, language expertise and proven quality procedures to ensure that the technical translations which are produce conform to even the most exacting standards in the industry and the prevailing market standard all over the world. A technical translator should adhere to quality verification procedures that are unusually very stringent. Every technical translation project should be inspected and certified for delivery by a Quality Assurance Agent who delivers an anonymous report to the Senior Tech Project Manager assigned to the project of technical translation. Corrections should be made on-the-fly, and technical translation is always delivered on time and within budget.