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January 2021

Oliver Walter
Qualified in engineering and translation

Harrow, England, Vereinigtes Königreich
Lokale Zeit: 09:34 GMT (GMT+0)

Muttersprache: Englisch (Variant: British) Native in Englisch
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Dienstleistungen Translation, Editing/proofreading
Allgemeine Fachgebiete
Wissenschaft (allgemein)E-Technik/Elektronik
Computer: Software

KudoZ-Aktivität (PRO) Punkte Schwierigkeitsgrad PRO: 1040, Beantwortete Fragen: 622, Gestellte Fragen: 71
Übersetzerische Ausbildung Master's degree - Imperial College, London
Erfahrung Übersetzungserfahrung in Jahren: 6. Angemeldet bei seit: Feb 2004. Mitglied seit: Dec 2005. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Qualifikationen Französisch > Englisch (Imperial College London (Univ. of London), verified)
Deutsch > Englisch (Imperial College London (Univ. of London), verified)
Mitgliedschaften CIOL
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Software Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, PaintShop Pro (5), Powerpoint, Wordfast
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Native language: British English, because England is where I was born, grew up and went to school and university (all of them English-speaking environments).

My qualifications include university degrees in engineering: electrical engineering (bachelor: BSc), control engineering (MSc and doctorate: PhD), and technical translation: (master: MSc).
  • I am working part-time as a freelance translator from German and French into English. I am sometimes available for up to 2000 words per week, and occasionally more than that. I sometimes have no translation work for several days, or even 2-3 weeks, a situation with which I am happy. Note that when I am not working on a translation my computer is often switched off, so I often do not reply to emails within a few minutes.
  • Spontaneous comments from clients:
    "I think you are a good technical translator." (client in Italy, January 2008)

    "Wie immer liest es sich jetzt besser als im Original." (As usual, it now reads better than in the original. Client in Germany, February 2008)
  • Until early in 2011 I was employed (full-time before 2001, then part-time) as a systems engineer in radar and electronics (and have now retired from that employment). I was employed as an engineer for many years, mainly programming and running real-time simulation models of systems involving servos, aerodynamics and radar.
  • I took the new MSc course in technical translation at Imperial College (London) in 2001-2.
  • Between 2002 and 2008 I translated for my employer nearly 1 million words from French, German and Italian (working 2 days per week, sometimes 3). These documents were mostly technical requirements, specifications, descriptions, test reports and comments in software source code.
  • As a freelancer I translated, for example, about 233,000 words (from German and French, mainly German) in the period January 2013 to October 2016.
  • I have a good general understanding of science, mathematics and engineering, and in particular electrical engineering, computers and software. I specified and built a desktop PC for use at home and installed its operating system and application software (but most of my work now uses a laptop PC that is not so old).
  • Languages: in addition to my knowledge of German and French, I have a good understanding of Swiss German dialect (Schwyzerdütsch), which could perhaps sometimes be useful.
Work capacity: I do translation work as a self-employed freelancer and I do this only as a part-time activity. I am usually available for up to about 2000 words per week, sometimes more. (This is why I have given a length of "translation experience" less than the calendar time since I started offering translation services.)

Translation agencies/companies: Please note: I do not use Trados (I use Wordfast Classic) and I am unlikely to be willing to use a CAT (Computer-Aided Translation) software tool developed in-house by you. See this discussion:
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Gesamtpunktzahl: 1064
Punkte Schwierigkeitsgrad PRO: 1040

Sprachrichtungen (PRO)
Deutsch > Englisch535
Französisch > Englisch156
Italienisch > Englisch128
Englisch > Deutsch117
Englisch > Französisch81
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Schlüsselwörter: German, French, engineering, radar, electronics, science, mathematics, computing, technical, software, Deutsch, Elektronik, Elektrotechnik, Rechner, Wissenschaft, Mathematik, français, ingénieur, science, mathématiques, électronique, ordinateurs

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