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Software Localisation

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Software Localisation
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 45 
Related Information:
Localisation Engineer: 25 - 45
Localisation QA Engineer: 20 - 38
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Brightwater / Morgan McKinley

Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Adapting computer software to suit a particular country, culture or society.


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After his Leaving Cert, Karl went to Trinity College Dublin to do a degree in Mathematics. He then went on to compete a M.Sc in Computer Science and currently works as a Software engineer with ticket-text.com.
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The Work header image

Localisation involves translation of the text into the appropriate language, as well as making other adaptations to take account of social, and cultural differences. The software product must appear seamless, and as if it had been produced in the destination market. The larger international software companies who sell their products throughout the world must localise their programmes.  
 
There are several different areas of work within the Localisation area. Roles include:  
 
Quality Assurance Engineer (Tester)  
A quality Assurance Engineer liaises with the Localisation Engineer to resolve any software problems. The Quality Assurance Engineer develops a testing strategy for each product/business solution and is responsible for testing the software throughout its development. They also identify, categorise and prioritise bugs, and report on these bugs.  
 
Localisation Engineer  
He/she is responsible for debugging and fixing software localisation problems, building software and making changes to strings, resources and dialogs. They also support and liaise with the translation specialists and the in-house quality assurance team, to handle queries, as well as creating the translation toolkit for the software/business solution.  
 
Help Engineer  
The help engineer is responsible for building and testing of the on-line help for localised products. They liaise with in-house quality assurance specialists with regard to bug fixing; they provide support to the translation specialists and create the translation toolkit for the help option.  
 
Localisation Project Manager  
A Localisation Project Manager is responsible for overall project co-ordination of one or more projects involving one or more languages. They set schedules for projects with Localisation Engineers and Language Specialists. They liaise with the Localisation Supervisor, Translation Automation Co-ordinator, Help Engineer and DTP specialists to ensure that internal resources for the project are available. A Localisation Project Manager may also source translation agencies and agree prices. Project Manager's also dispatch the translation toolkit i.e. source files, English product, glossaries, and translation tools, for each project.  
 
Localisation Project Manager

A Localisation Project Manager is responsible for overall project co-ordination of one or more projects involving one or more languages. They set schedules for projects with Localisation Engineers and Language Specialists. They liaise with the Localisation Supervisor, Translation Automation Co-ordinator, Help Engineer and DTP specialists to ensure that internal resources for the project are available. A Localisation Project Manager may also source translation agencies and agree prices. Project Manager's also dispatch the translation toolkit i.e. source files, English product, glossaries, and translation tools, for each project.

Language Co-ordinator

This person is responsible for the improvement of the overall language quality of translations both from agencies and machine translation output. They are responsible for the management of the production of glossaries, liaising with external revisers, and the translation of strings for in-house Help and Localisation Engineers when required.

Translation Automation Specialist

He/she is responsible for assessing translation tools (machine translation, translation memory, terminology stems) on the market and the implementation of these tools when required. The Translation Automation Specialist advises the Localisation Co-ordinator what translation tools are to be used in a project, and liaises with the Language Specialists with regard to the maintenance of translation tools.

Desktop Publishing Specialist

He/she is responsible for handling the collection of documentation files from Technical Writers. Pre-Desk Top Publishing and Style Sheet management for documentation prior to translation is also the responsibility of the DTP Specialist. They also give final approval on printed material, and provide cost management on the output of the film required for printing.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Design test plans, scenarios, scripts, or procedures.

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Test system modifications to prepare for implementation.

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Develop testing programs that address areas such as database impacts, software scenarios, regression testing, negative testing, error or bug retests, or usability.

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Document software defects, using a bug tracking system, and report defects to software developers.

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Identify, analyze, and document problems with program function, output, online screen, or content.

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Monitor bug resolution efforts and track successes.

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Create or maintain databases of known test defects.

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Plan test schedules or strategies in accordance with project scope or delivery dates.

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Participate in product design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, product designs, schedules, or potential problems.

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Review software documentation to ensure technical accuracy, compliance, or completeness, or to mitigate risks.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Programming:   Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Troubleshooting:   Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

The ideal candidate needs to have a combination of qualifications, such as a languages degree with computer science or business or, alternatively, technical experience or a postgraduate conversion course in the IT area, or technical writing and a translation qualification.

Knowledge of software localisation tools is useful, although training in localisation tools is often provided. Other skills sought include excellent written and verbal communication skills, well-developed organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure to strict deadlines. The ability to work effectively as part of a team, a willingness to learn, problem-solving skills and initiative are also important.


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