Who I Am


My name is Vlad (Vladimir) Ostapowicz.
I started technical writing over 15 years ago. For several years I was a part-time professor at CSUF teaching Business English and Composition. I had the fortunate opportunity to co-author and co-edit over 50 textbooks used by university students, which continues to keep me pretty busy.


Technical Writer (the common stuff tech writers do)

– Assembly and Installation Manuals
– Cheat Sheet/Reference Guides
– Configuration Guides
– Standard Operating Procedures
– Technical Bulletins
– Troubleshooting Manuals
– User/Operation Manuals

Additional Experience

– Electrical Technician
– Engineering Technician
– Medical Product Testing
– Sub-mediocre Graphic Artist

Education and Related Licenses

– MA, Linguistics, California State University of Fullerton
– AA/AS Electronics Technology, Santa Ana College, CA
– FCC General Radiotelephone Operator’s License
– FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s License


Co-author and Co-editor of university text books Published by Fudan Press, Shanghai. (Note: This outside link may not respond to smaller screens.)

Conference Guest Speaker (as co-author/co-editor)
Topic: Improvement of university textbooks for Chinese students learning English. Changsha, Hunan, P.R. China.

– American Language Program, CSUF
– Part time, Spring 2005; Substitute Teacher 2004 – 2006
– Composition, Business English

Additional Background and Experience that I Believe Helped Me
– Customer support
– Inventor
РMechanic  (damn good one too); specialized in Corvettes
– School of Hard Knocks

And yes, knowledge of software and different OS’s helped a bit:
– Adobe’s CS Suite: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop; FrameMaker
– Microsoft: Excel, MS Word (et al.), PowerPoint, etc.
– HTML/CSS/Web Design (enough to get around)
– Linux/MAC/Windows
– and other stuff I forgot about….

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