Michael Roberts
HC 1 Box 4147
Adjuntas PR 00601


This is the translation version of my résumé, and as such, it contains only brief reference to the extensive technical experience which I consider an integral part of my translation skills. For more detail, see my technical résumé. Although I was certified as a technical translator in 1988, I have been translating on what I consider a professional basis since 2001, about 19 years now, and it has been my primary source of income since 2004.

Since 2006, I've translated 1 to 1.25 million words per year. A typical month is 80,000 to 120,000 words.


Speak: English native, fluent German, can get by in Spanish or Hungarian
Read: French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch

Working parameters

Software available SDL-TRADOS, MemoQ (you provide the license), Across (you provide the license); Microsoft Office; professional script programming.
Platforms PC/Windows and Linux
Capacity DE>EN up to 6000 words/day; FR>EN, ES>EN, IT>EN 4000 words/day; HU>EN about 2500 words/day.
Availability In general, I can nearly always work in a job of 3000 words or less.
I am always interested in hearing from new agencies.
Rates I'm flexible on rates, so feel free to ask if you want special consideration, but my standard rate is 0.10 EUR or 12 cents US per new source word.
Rates are negotiable if the work warrants it or if I like you.
Areas of specialization IT/software, telecommunications, electronics; pharmaceuticals, clinical trials, medical devices; patents;
Some experience with machine tools (DE) and with business reports (DE, FR). SAP-oriented translation (DE).
Legal documents, contracts, and court records (especially DE, IT, but any language is fine)


1996 Master of Science in Computer Science, Indiana University
1988 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science / Electrical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
1988 Technical Translator certificate in the German language, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Career history

2005 - present Translation services as sole proprietor of Vivtek LLC
1996 - 2004 Software services as sole proprietor of Vivtek LLC
Provided consulting and implementation for online and offline software development, largely in online databases.
1992 - 1996 Contract work with a major pharmaceutical company
Database and document management design and implementation.
1991 - 1992 Systems programmer for a division of an equipment manufacturing company
Mainframe work.
1990 - 1991 Programmer/analyst for a small software development firm in Indiana
1988 - 1989 Programmer/analyst for a large software development firm in Stuttgart, Germany
Database and UI work.