Dr Errol Wood


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.

Engineering reports:

  • are designed for quick and easy communication of technical information
  • are designed for selective reading
  • use text divided into sections with appropriate headings and subheadings
  • use illustrations to present data.

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.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • explain the importance and value of excellence in technical writing
  • produce a proposal, report or paper which is correctly structured, according to the formatting requirements of the client, the conference organiser or the publisher of a journal
  • recognise good writing with respect to clarity, precision, correct word usage, grammar, punctuation and logical flow, and apply these skills to your writing
  • decide on the most appropriate method of presenting results (ie as tables, diagrams, graphs, etc)
  • integrate illustrations with the text in a proposal, report or paper
  • introduce variety into writing by using appropriate subdivisions, in the form of headings, subheadings, subsections and paragraphs
  • apply the correct ethical practices with respect to copyright, due acknowledgement of others’ work and the avoidance of plagiarism
  • helpfully appraise the written work of colleagues.


  • Justification for excellence in technical writing
  • Structuring an engineering proposal, paper or report
  • Use of illustrations – tables, graphs, diagrams, photographs
  • Formation of sentences using correct grammar and punctuation
  • Use of language for clarity and conciseness
  • Introducing flow, variety and interest in technical writing
  • Strategies for the writing process, from drafting to final editing


  • "Great course that focused my mind regarding writing. Thinking about linkages between sentences (and paragraphs) was very interesting and something I hadn't considered before."
  • "Well presented, with good interaction."

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