Working languages:
German to English

William Ziegler
Experienced, Educated, Exacting

Fort Thomas, KY
Local time: 04:59 EDT (GMT-4)

Native in: English 
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified site user
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Services Translation
Specializes in:
ManufacturingBusiness/Commerce (general)
IT (Information Technology)Construction / Civil Engineering
Telecom(munications)Materials (Plastics, Ceramics, etc.)

German to English - Rates: 0.10 - 0.12 USD per word / 25 - 30 USD per hour
KudoZ activity (PRO) Questions answered: 5, Questions asked: 2
Project History 13 projects entered    5 positive feedback from outsourcers    2 positive feedback from colleagues

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Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 6
Translation education Master's degree - University of Cincinnati
Experience Years of experience: 33. Registered at Mar 2006. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials German to English (MA German Lang & Lit: Univ of Cincinnati, verified)
German to English (Ohio Certified: German, verified)
Memberships American Production and Inventory Contro, TriState German-American School
Software Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Access, Powerpoint, SDL TRADOS, Wordfast
CV/Resume CV/Resume (DOC)

  • Master of Arts Degree: Germanic Languages and Literatures.
  • Master of Arts Degree: Geography.
  • Certified Teacher of German Language: State of Ohio Department of Education.

  • Functional specifications, providing documentation for the database, human and machine procedures, and the input, processing and output detail for each data entry, query, update and report program in the system.
  • Logistics Chain for Automotive Concern: A description of the logistics chain for an automotive supplier. The first document enumerated all costs encountered; the second document itemized technical terms used in manufacture.
  • Technical Specification for a Filtering System: High performance filtration systems for industrial and medical applications, including sludge and blood filters. Detailed instructions for operation
  • Patent for a manufacturing design: Translated a German patent for a steel-drum facility detailing the manufacture of an impact-resistant chime: the spiral design provided superior resistance to container leakage.
  • Terms and conditions (Allgemeine Geschäftsbedingungen - AGB) rights and responsibilities shared between vendor and buyer.
1991 – Present
  • Presently teaching German language and culture to students ranging from Kindergarten to adults: beginners to advanced levels.
  • Integrated techniques practiced at Cincinnati Waldorf School to dramatically involve each student’s learning with a wide range of teaching methods.
1998 – 1999
Adjunct Professor
  • Taught four semesters of German 101 and 102, including language labs.
  • Involved students in a highly interactive instructional environment.
  • Received consistently superior evaluations from students on the efficiency of my instruction and students’ success in German-language acquisition.
1995 – 1996
Teacher: German
  • Elementary and Intermediate German Grades 1-6.
  • Applied teaching techniques developed by educational philosopher Rudolph Steiner.
  • Holistic Instructional Techniques
1998 - 2002 North American Database Developer
Master Data Administrator for P&G SAP Vendor Database

  • Created and developed programs using PL/SQL, Oracle, Unix, Visual Basic, Access and Excel to clean and maintain data for the P&G Commercial Products Group.
  • Using a GIS Map Program, developed program to check vendor routes topologically - calculating routes for optimal efficiency.
  • Wrote programs for use with IVR call-in from field agents to detect scheduling problems and determine their location.
  • Designed programs to maintain a vendor database in an SAP application for product supply from a single pilot plant with 1,300 records to 40 plant locations with 45,000 records. Developed programs to identify specifically critical data errors and potentially duplicated records.
  • Routinely translated correspondence received from German-speaking countries, and provided simultaneous translation on overseas telephone and conference calls.
1978 - 1987 Senior Programmer Analyst
Manager: Production Control

  • Directed the transition from a manual order entry system to an automated computer database (long obsolete) system that was similar to the IBM System 3. Developed prototype program for database management adopted for company use.
  • Managed production control department.
  • Developed CAD for efficient use of materials used in manufacture of circuit boards.
  • Manager of capacity planning, purchasing, shipping and receiving, inventory control and integration of robotic line control with mainframe.
  • Routinely translated correspondence received from German-speaking countries. Provided simultaneous translation on overseas telephone and conference calls.
  • Translated imbedded machine instructions contained within a large grinding machine tool; all internal instructions in the ladder diagram were in German language.
1973 – 1978 Materials Manager
Programmer Analyst: RPGII and Basic
  • Converted manual bill of material system to central automated system using a Singer minicomputer (long obsolete) with distributed terminals.
  • United programs to production and inventory control for the control of order specifications, linking inventory from order entry to shop-floor manufacturing instructions.
  • Routinely translated correspondence received from German-speaking countries.
  • Provided simultaneous translation on overseas telephone and conference calls.
  • Translated a lengthy German patent for the manufacture and tooling of a machine tool design for producing a more impact-resistant chime steel drum production facility
IV. EDUCATION • 2002 - Teaching Certificate Renewal Ohio Dept of Education
American Women Poets,The Short Story (GPA 4.0)
Nominated for Margaret Atwood Society Award – Topics of Canadian and Austrian Literature.
Teaching certificate for Ohio renewed through July 2006.
Credentials: English/German/Geography

• 1990 – 1994 Master of Arts Germanic Languages & Literatures
Assisted professor in a class on the application of computer languages for students of literature.
English added to German and Geography on existing Ohio Teaching Certificate. Worked for literacy programs and ESL programs sponsored by Department of Education.

• 1971 – 1973 Post Graduate Fellowship Geography and German Literature
Fellowship awarded to complete post-graduate work begun at Kansas State University. Studied the regional and physical geography of Central Germany. Attended classes conducted entirely in German. Completed courses on theatric form (Swiss and Austrian dramatists), comparative literature and modern political economy. Traveled widely throughout Western Europe between university terms

• 1969 – 1971 Master of Arts Geography. Thesis: Environmental Perception
Nominated for outstanding teaching assistant 1971. Awarded fellowship to study abroad 1971 as top candidate in graduate department. Teaching Assistantship awarded 1969 – 1971 Educational foci: Physical, Climatological, Economic, and Cultural Geography.

• 1965 – 1969 Bachelor of Arts Geography
Focus on wide range of cartographic projects covering Soviet Union. Minor in Regional Economic Development with emphasis on economic geography of Europe.
This user has reported completing projects in the following job categories, language pairs, and fields.

Project History Summary
Total projects13
With client feedback5
100% positive (5 entries)

Job type
Language pairs
German to English13
Specialty fields
Engineering: Industrial1
Automotive / Cars & Trucks1
Engineering (general)1
Computers: Software1
Other fields
Computers: Systems, Networks1
Law (general)1
Cooking / Culinary1
Human Resources1
Law: Contract(s)1
Keywords: manufacturing, patents, information technology, SAP, business correspondence, purchasing, inventory management, material data sheets, specifications, bills of material, AGB, terms and conditions

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Nov 20, 2013

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