Technical translation is a type of specialized translation with content and terminology that belongs to a specific sector, such as engineering, energy, electronics, automotive, chemistry, electronics, mining, telecommunications, metallurgy or construction.
We find terms, vocabulary and linguistic structures of a certain sector which are not used in common language.
The texts and content are aimed at professionals of that field, meaning that they are a highly specialized audience. Examples include manuals, instructions, user guides, technical data sheets, specifications, patents, etc.
Technical translations cannot contain inaccuracies or terminological errors: the possibility of error is not contemplated, it must be an exact translation of the original text, since a mistake in the translation can have important consequences, such as a part not fitting, a poorly explained procedure making a task impossible, or a product not working at all.
For this reason, the technical translator, in addition to mastering both languages, must have a perfect command and in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and terminology in both languages. It is not enough to be a native speaker, as being a translator is not the same as being able to understand a text on renewable energies or industrial engineering. The source text must be fully understood so that there is no doubt of interpretation, and so that the translator can translate reliably, ensuring that the content is expressed according to the specific technical parameters of the target language.
The standardized and repetitive nature of technical texts makes it useful to count on CAT tools when quality translation memories and terminology bases have been developed, but this is only possible when there is human talent behind it to ensure the consistency and accuracy of the equivalences. In assignments where the object is a text with such a relevant purpose, it is necessary to have professionals who, relying on the advantages of new technologies, ensure quality and accuracy.
At Converta Translations we have a team of specialized translators thanks to whom we can guarantee excellent technical translations.