E15: Technical Translators - The Unsung Heroes of Engineering

Season #2

In this episode of English for Engineers, I am chatting with Anthoinette Međjedović-van Winkoop, CEO of Helena Technical Translations (together with business partner Mathijs Mekes) and Chelsea Janssen, who is a  junior translator at Helena Technical Translations.


Join us in this episode as we discuss what’s going on behind the scenes of high-quality technical translations. Anthoinette and Chelsea walk us through the process, from initial contact to scrutinizing reviews and finally delivering optimal results.


"Translation is that which transforms everything so that nothing changes."



  • What steps are involved in a professional translation process.
  • Why context is everything.
  • In which ways engineers can support translators.
  • And what an ISO certification has to do with the 4-eye principle.


The English for Engineers podcast is here to help engineers and technicians from all backgrounds to improve their communication skills and provide them with interesting facts from side industries so Technical and Business English becomes their new superpower.



Check out the Emails for Engineers template package to help you streamline your email writing efforts (with more than 30 English email templates and priceless bonuses that will teach you how to structure emails, how to switch between formal and informal language, and how to quickly and reliably check for mistakes before sending).


Catch up with English for Engineers episode #014 to learn why there’s no such thing as “proper English” and how to use the STAR method to answer behavioral questions.



Today's episode was sponsored by Marcode, a coaching business where I help engineers master their Technical English and international business communication so that talking in English will become their new superpower.



Helena Technical Translations is known as a customer-oriented technical translation agency. Large international enterprises and SMEs have relied on their highly qualified and experienced translators since 1991. All their translators are genuine native speakers, linguists, and specialize in one or more fields. They are ISO-17100 certified, which solidifies their quality guarantee. 


Facebook: Helena Technical Translations BV

Instagram: @helena_technical_translations

Linkedin: Helena Technical Translations BV

Website: https://www.helena.nl/

If you have a potential translation project, you can e-mail them directly via [email protected] or [email protected]



Olivia Augustin is a civil engineer and certified English teacher turned corporate trainer, her specialty is dissecting the intricate structures of the English language and only putting back the pieces engineers really need to become skilled communicators.

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Instagram: @_marcode_

Podcast: English for Engineers

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