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Musco Lighting Technical Illustrator in Oskaloosa, Iowa


Musco Sports Lighting is currently seeking a Technical Illustrator to work on our Technical Publications team in Oskaloosa, IA. As part of our Research & Development division, this position is responsible for creating illustrations for patent applications and publications to visually describe our products and processes.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Create technical illustrations that visually describe the product or process and support the written specification of the patent application.

  • Execute drawing standards required by the US Patent Office and foreign patent offices.

  • Recommend content and layout of illustrations based on the review of invention concepts and written patent application.

  • Lead efforts to implement best practices relating to patent illustrations

  • Create technical illustrations that visually describe the product or process for various publications, e.g. product labeling, installation and assembly instructions, product datasheets, and technical bulletins.

  • Recommend content and layout of illustrations based on proposed use and details of product or process.

  • Create artwork for product labeling to be used in the printing process by the label vendor.

  • Responsible for inspections of label samples from the vendor to assist the Quality team.

  • Lead efforts to implement best practices relating to technical illustrations.

  • Assist with data-driven publications by developing code (e.g. XML, Javascript) to automate document creation and outputs.

  • Responsible for management of development, communication, and scheduling aspects relating to illustration projects

  • Work with product engineers to gather product details needed for technical illustrations.

  • Work with Patent Agent/patent writer(s) to understand illustration needs to support patent applications.

  • Work with a technical writer(s) to understand illustration needs to support product labels and publications.

  • Collaborate on illustrations for Marketing publications

  • Address label quality concerns

Desired Qualifications and Skills

  • This position requires an Associate Degree in a technical discipline and 2 years of experience creating technical illustrations for patents and technical publications for a product-based company

  • Strong technical aptitude to understand engineering principles and technical aspects of inventions relating to lighting, electrical, and optics

  • Must have the ability to simplify technical issues in a clear, concise, and accurate manner using visual illustrations

  • Must be proficient with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign software

  • Experience using AutoCAD software and Inventor.

  • Experience writing XML language or scripts to automate publication processes

  • Creative with good sense for layout and color schemes

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • Attention to detail and accuracy

  • Ability to work with foreign languages as text in illustrations

  • Good organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple projects

  • Understanding of illustrations, part, assembly, and weldment drawings

  • Good project management skills

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently.

  • Understanding and adherence to company culture

  • Knowledge of company products and principals of lighting, electrical, and optic system




  • Associate Degree or better in Technical Illustration

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)