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Fall 2023 Co-Op - Mechanical - Technical Writing (Bachelors/Masters)

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Date: Mar 9, 2023

Location: Canonsburg, PA, US, 15317

Company: Ansys

Ansys is the global leader in engineering simulation, helping the world's most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, Ansys helps companies solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination.



Ansys empowers the world's most innovative companies to design and deliver transformational products by offering the best and broadest engineering simulation software to solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination. Thus, through our enriching intern program, we help develop the next generation of engineers and technologists. Co-ops alternate between school and full-time work assignments each semester. You will develop our industry-leading simulation software while gaining real experience in your field of study. Each semester builds upon the foundational learning that prepares you for more advanced problem solutions. In this position, you will support the Mechanical Business Unit. This is a 40-hour per week paid position starting August 2023 and ending in December 2023. 


Assisting the team in some or all the following areas:

  • Gather, organize, read, and analyze technical information, concepts, programs, and existing product information from various sources to document new or changing product functionality.
  • Write, format, and proof technical information for technical and non-technical users.
  • Define logical steps to perform required functions on software products.
  • Create graphic aides, figures, or charts within documents.
  • Produce video “how-to” topics using Camtasia or similar video creation software.
  • Prepare and complete work adhering to project goals and schedules.
  • Ensure customer satisfaction by preparing product information that is useful, accurate, and user friendly.
  • Interact with personnel from technical departments to resolve usability issues and information discrepancies.
  • Ensure that all product information is reviewed and approved following quality assurance procedures.
  • Other job-related duties that may be assigned by management from time to time.



  • Candidate must be pursuing a master's degree in Professional/Technical Writing or a bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing, Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a full-time degree program and returning to the program after the completion of the co-op/intern program.
  • Candidate must provide a writing sample as part of the application process.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Sharp and tenacious problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Team player, responsible, and motivated.



  • A graduate student enrolled in a graduate level Professional/Technical Writing program, or an undergraduate Sophomore or Junior pursuing a Technical Writing, Engineering, Computer Science, or related technical degree. Job duties and compensation will be adjusted depending on the academic level.
  • Experience with technical writing or writing of other published works, including blogs, journals, literary magazines, etc.
  • Experience with scripting languages.
  • Experience with a software development environment using tools such as git or github.
  • Exposure to engineering simulation software (i.e., Ansys).
  • Experience with CAMTASIA or other video-editing software.
  • Exposure to XML, HTML, and/or DocBook mark-up languages.


Other notes:

The student will work with a variety of more senior writers to implement Ansys help content for online help, tutorials, and videos. The candidate is not expected to know how to use our software applications but must be detail oriented, willing to learn new writing production tools, and have a user-centric mindset. Projects may be anywhere from one day to several weeks, depending on our current work.


Culture and values are incredibly important to Ansys. They inform us of who we are, of how we act. Values aren't posters hanging on a wall or about trite or glib slogans. They aren't about rules and regulations. They can't just be handed down the organization. They are shared beliefs – guideposts that we all follow when we're facing a challenge or a decision. Our values tell us how we live our lives; how we approach our jobs. Our values are crucial for fostering a culture of winning for our company:

  • Customer focus
  • Results and Accountability
  • Innovation
  • Transparency and Integrity
  • Mastery
  • Inclusiveness
  • Sense of urgency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork

At Ansys, you will find yourself among the sharpest minds and most visionary of leaders, collectively aiming to change the world with innovative technology and remarkable solutions.  With the prestigious reputation in servicing well-known, world-class companies, standards at Ansys are high, met by those willing to rise to the occasion and meet those challenges head-on.  Because at Ansys, it’s about the learning, the discovery and the collaboration.  It’s about the “what’s next” as much as the “mission accomplished”.  It’s about the melding of disciplined intellect with strategic direction and results that have, can and will impact real people in real ways, forged within a working environment built on respect, autonomy and ethics.
At Ansys, you will find yourself among those eager to drive the world towards the next best thing with hands planted firmly on the wheel.
Our team is passionate about pushing the limits of world-class simulation technology so our customers can turn their design concepts into successful, innovative products faster and at lower cost.  As a measure of our success in attaining these goals, Ansys has been recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by prestigious publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek and FORTUNE magazines.
Ansys is an S&P 500 company and a component of the NASDAQ-100.
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Ansys is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.
Ansys does not accept unsolicited referrals for vacancies, and any unsolicited referral will become the property of Ansys.  Upon hire, no fee will be owed to the agency, person, or entity.

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