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I have a strong interest in spirituality which is evidenced by the content of my website: I seek to involve myself with all types of information that enlightens me about the things that we don't see but does exist. As a young man, I started my career as an electrician (which eventually led to degrees that includes Master of Technical and Scientific Communication) because I was fascinated by the fact that electricity cannot be seen. Although electricity cannot be seen, when you flip a light switch, you see the effect of electricity. Thus, it is self-evident that electricity does exist regardless of what it is called! Nothing thrills me more than a discussion of the Divine Presence within every one of us which is something that we do not see, but is self-evident to every one of us. Read complete article Self-Evidence of Divine Presence at Also, visit New Age Treasure forum.

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James Barakaat

6401 South Yale Avenue, Suite 1203 . Chicago, IL 60621

Technical Writer/IT Systems Documentation/Instructional Design

Freelance Technical Writer - Accepts senior-level systems documentation
assignments to write, organize, and manage Information Systems or
Engineering Systems documentation for Installation, Operation, Maintenance,
and/or Training for Internet/intranet viewing and/or print. Process
involves front-end business analysis, organization, and presentation.
Experienced with financial organizations, government, manufacturing, and
software development companies.

Ex-Navy & civilian Electronic Technician, Telecommunications Technician,
Computer Service Representative, Field Engineer, Electronics Instructor,
MIS Trainer, and IT (SDLC) Technical Writer. Master's degree in Technical
and Scientific Communication, B.S. degree in Business: Management
Information Systems and Accounting, and AOS degree in Computer Programming.
Training in Project Management for IT Professionals, UNIX/C, Microsoft
Windows NT Server/Workstation, Microsoft SQL Server, ORACLE: Database
Modeling & Database Relation Design, SQL and PL/SQL, ORACLE8: Database
Administration, Internetworking with TCP/IP, Lotus Notes
Administration/Application Development, Website Design, and Methods of

06/08 to present
Technical Writer
Writing Assistants, Inc.
Part--time consulting assignment to write policies and procedures; and
operation, maintenance and training for Refrigeration and Cooling System,
Heating System, Fire Alarm Sprinkler System, and Meat Processing Systems.
Review of systems, drawings, and vendor documentation is done at client's
site on weekends. Work is done from home office during the week.
Fontanini Meat Company, McCook, IL

08/06 to present
Adjunct Professor
Business Writing (Online)
Facilitate online Business Writing course. Emphasis is on effective
business and technical communication, developing individual writing skills,
and applying strategies for collaborative writing. Includes the use of
Standard English grammar and mechanics, correct spelling, and basic
documentation skills as well as coherence and correctness in written
communication as per APA.
City Colleges of Chicago, Center for Distance Learning

08/07 to 11/07
Technical Writer
Energy Management Systems
Contracted to Profile Systems, LLC in Merrillville, IN to write
engineering, installation, and test procedure documentation for HVAC and
lighting energy management system for National Energy Technology Labs and
Purdue University.
Apex Systems, Chicago, IL

11/01 to 11/06
Written Communication Instructor
Facilitate online courses in Virtual Communication in the Workplace,
Effective Written Communication, and Persuasive Essay Writing. Includes use
of Standard English grammar and mechanics, correct spelling, and basic
documentation skills as well as coherence and correctness in written
communication as per APA. University of Phoenix Online.

01/05 - 02/05
Technical Writer
Public Safety
Operations and Training
Wrote Operations Manual and Training Manual for Public Safety Communication
(PSC) Engineers. PSC operates the Wireless Support Center (WSC) staffed by
Cisco Systems and Microsoft certified professionals to provide Technical
Support Services to police departments, fire departments, public works, and
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) for Homeland Security. Public Safety
Communications, Inc., South Holland, IL

10/00 - 09/01
System Documentation Specialist
Information Technology
Wrote, organized, and managed instructional and technical documentation for
the Enterprise Technology Services division of major insurance company in
downtown Chicago. Designed Web site for documentation access via intranet.
Converted documents to HTML and Adobe Acrobat PDF for web site viewing. CNA
Insurance Companies, Chicago, IL

07/00 - 09/00
Technical Writer/Consultant
Information Technology
Business Requirements Analysis - Wrote Use Cases and User Guide for
International Foreign Exchange computer application for print and online.
Bank of America, Chicago, IL

05/00 - 07/00
System Documentation Specialist
Information Technology
Write, organize, and manage system documentation for Imaging Team. Design
Website to store and manage documents for intranet access. Northern Trust
Company, Chicago, IL

03/00 - 04/00
System Documentation Specialist
Wrote documentation for SQL Server database for Medical website
( in New York, NY.
E-commerce Web Design Company, Medsite, New York, NY

12/99 - 03/00
System Documentation Specialist
Business-to-business, Internet infrastructure organization
Retained to produce, organize, and manage documentation for the Universal
Information Exchange (UIX). The UIX is a collection of operational
databases that also provide data for the UIX data warehouse. Documentation
produced included, functional specifications, proprietary software
applications, system specifications, technical documentation of proprietary
software applications, user manuals, written procedures and other technical
documents as required.
Universal Access Inc., Chicago, IL

04/99 - 09/99
System Documentation Specialist
Training Developer
Wrote Product Code Maintenance Training course, analyzed and documented the
Data Model for Oracle, Product Code Maintenance database running on MVS
mainframe. AllState Motor Club, Arlington Heights, IL

01/99 - 03/99
Instructional Developer
Wrote system administrators course for Internet protocol (IP) messaging
system for software development company.
OpenPort Technology, Chicago, IL

02/98 - 11/98
Systems Documentation Specialist
Technical Writer/Consultant
Infrastructure Engineering Group of Major Insurance Company
Wrote organized, and managed documentation for Y2K compliance
implementation of Novell IntranetWare and Windows NT servers using MS Word
and Lotus Notes. Utilized the Lotus Notes Domino Server and HTML to design
Web site for documentation access via intranet. Converted documents to
Adobe Acrobat PDF for web site viewing. Utilized payroll program running on
MVS mainframe. CNA Insurance Companies, Chicago, IL

09/97 - 02/98
Technical Writer/Consultant
Major International Bank
Assisted in documenting the information system developed for the banking
Call Center Project. Wrote Functional Specifications and edited Technical
Design Specifications. Systems run on MVS mainframe. ABN-AMRO, Chicago, IL

05/97 - 09/97
Technical Writer/Consultant
Software Development Company
Wrote insurance software Implementation Guide chapters (Profiles,
Accounting, Financial, and Policies) and the Administrator's Guide for a
client/server information system. The system utilizes the Magic programming
language that provides the runtime engine and gateway for interfacing with
an Oracle7 database running on a SUN Enterprise Server with the Solaris
UNIX operating system. The system is networked via ethernet TCP/IP for
Internet and intranet connectivity.
Trimark Technologies, Chicago, IL

03/97 - 05/97
Technical Writer/Consultant
Major Insurance Company
Wrote the preliminary user manual for the Risk Management Electronic
Submission System. The RM Electronic Submission System is used for
information exchange between insurance brokers and CNA underwriters via
Lotus Notes. The information enables CNA to perform decision analysis of
new accounts and renewals. Activities included consultation with insurance
brokers, trainers, underwriters, and Lotus Notes developers. Also analyzed
the Lotus Notes input screens and database in order to perform screen
captures and database replication. Revised training manuals for Lotus
Notes, Account Management Processing System, and Risk Management Database.
CNA Insurance Companies, Chicago, IL

1996 - 1997
Technical Analyst/Writer
International Investment Trading Company
Performed life-cycle analysis of HTML, JavaScript and CGI input and output
forms processing for the Trading and Reporting Information System used for
trade processing on a corporate intranet. The on-screen entry forms and the
input data are translated by Perl scripts and entered into Sybase database
tables on an SQL server. Wrote and illustrated the System Overview, System
Design and Data Flow, System Design Methods, and Appendices. The system
uses JavaScript Enabled Netscape 3.0 and runs on a SUN server with the
Solaris 2.5 UNIX operating system. The system is networked via ethernet
TCP/IP for Internet and intranet connectivity. Springfield International,
Chicago, IL

1995 - 1996
MIS Technical Trainer/Writer
Wrote the Service Desk Operation Training and Process Manual (created HTML
version for intranet) for support of the communication and computer systems
for the System Acquisition and Research and Development missions of the
Aeronautical Systems Center System Program Offices, Staff Organizations and
Laboratories. Prepared and updated the Configuration Management Library
procedures for operation and control of the Configuration Management
Library. Operating systems: Windows NT, Novell, and MVS. The Management
Information Systems Technical Support (MISTS) Team.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH.

1993 - 1995
Graduate Assistant
Technical Writer/Editor
Technical Writing Tutor
Wrote Digitizer manual for Geology professor and edited Computer-Integrated
Manufacturing (CIM) article for CIM and Systems Analyst professors as
Master of Technical and Scientific Communication (MTSC) graduate student.
Conducted Writing Clinic for Management Information Systems & Decision
Science business students and Small Business Consultants as Director's
Assistant for the Small Business Development Center at MU. Counseled small
business clients, wrote business plans, proposals, sales support and
computer training manuals. Miami University (MU), Oxford, OH

1990 - 1993
Technical Training Analyst/Technical Writer
Developed and wrote Student Guides, Instructor Guides, and Training
Reference Manuals, for Technical Service Representative Business Systems
Training. Included subsystem: Information System for customer billing and
Expert diagnostics using Remote Interactive Communication. Participated in
review, verification, validation, and provided Train the Trainer
instructions for training modules. Also wrote Principles of Operation,
Diagnostics, and Repair Analysis Procedures.
Xerox Corporation - Technical Service Education, Rochester, NY

Related Experience

Chief Instructor - Taught Electricity/Electronics and supervised five
instructors at private technical school.

Computer Systems Field Engineer - Computer systems maintenance and repair
for corporate field service organization.

Senior Electronic Technician - Designed, built, and maintained test
equipment for physics lab of major university.
Built, tested, and maintained digital electronic systems for Applied
Research Division of major manufacturer.

Radar/Communication Technician - Digital telecommunication systems
maintenance and repair for U.S. Air Force contract at Strategic Air Command
(SAC), Bellevue, NE. Radar and communication systems maintenance and repair
for U.S. Air Force contract on DEWLine in Point Barrow, Alaska.

Electrical / Electronic Technician - U.S. Navy - Served as Electronic
Technician (Test Equipment Petty Officer) and Electrician's Mate.

Education & Training

M.T.S.C. Degree - Master of Technical and Scientific Communication,
Professional Area: Computers
Miami University, Oxford, OH

B.S. Degree - Business: Management Information Systems and Accounting,
State University of New York
Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY

A.O.S. Degree - Computer Programming, Bryant & Stratton Business Institute,
Syracuse, NY

Diplomas - Electrical and Electronic Technology, U.S. Navy and Cleveland
Institute of Electronics


Methods of Teaching - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
E-Business E-Commerce - University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Project Management for IT Professionals - CompuMaster Seminars, Chicago, IL
ORACLE: Database Modeling & Database Relation Design, SQL and PL/SQL,
ORACLE8: Database Administration - Harper College, Prospect Heights, IL
Lotus Notes Application Development I / Administration I, and Web Site
Design - Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL.
Internet Application Development - Triton College, River Grove, IL
Microsoft Windows NT Workstation, Microsoft Windows NT Server, Microsoft
SQL Server, and Internetworking with TCP/IP - Harper College, Palatine, IL

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