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Practising engineers are required to write proposals, specifications, reports, conference papers, letters and electronic messages. Writing is perhaps the most important way in which information is conveyed to managers, fellow engineers, clients and other project stakeholders. An engineer’s communication skills will therefore support their success as an engineer, alongside their technical expertise.
Engineering demands precision. While engineering writing should reflect this precision in the form of clarity of meaning, this ideal is not often attained. A brilliant project may be on the drawing-board, under way or completed, yet if it cannot be explained clearly and concisely, and the reader is not convinced of its importance, the project may not be realised or may be undervalued.
This workshop covers the basic principles and practices of technical writing, including structuring a proposal, technical report, conference paper or journal article, the integration of illustrations into the document and the use of technical language that is clear, concise and correct.
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to: