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Technical Writing for Engineers: Giving Readers What They Need

Learn technical writing techniques to cater your technical documents to a broad audience.

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This self-study course is designed to be taken at your convenience and on your own schedule. You have 90 days to finish the course from the time of purchase.


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Different reader groups read the same documents; however, their level of understanding can vary greatly due to their experience and your way of writing. Want to help them understand your intent? You'll learn to create your documents (the writing and the layout on the screen/page) so they do just that. And in this online technical writing course you'll be working with your own weekly reports, SOPs, system designs, inspection reports, etc so you get actual work done at the same time you're learning!

In this technical writing course, practice with your documents (commonly written by engineers - weekly reports, white papers, engineering/equipment specifications, equipment capital justifications, standard operating procedures, operating instructions, guidelines, equipment/plant outage reports, system descriptions, design criteria, inspection reports). 

  • Apply tech writer strategies for clear, concise direct wording
  • Apply strategies to make what you write compelling by using active and dynamic wording and paying attention to tone
  • Recognizing your readers varying expertise and learning needs
  • Layout - emphasize important information up front and increase readability
  • Begin and end documents effectively
  • Organize documents logically
  • Present results and recommendations for senior management as well as for peers
  • Select illustrations that complement and clarify the text
  • Creating reusable templates

By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Recognize what your readers need to see in order to understand
  • Write and layout clear, concise messages
  • Create a couple of your own documents written in a way the readers can understand 

Who should attend?
This course is for all engineers as we all have to write to communicate no matter what industry we work in, what engineering discipline or what level our job.


Topics covered in this course include:

  • Clear, Concise Compelling Wording
  • Targeting your Readers
  • Logical Document Organization
  • Attractive and Effective Document Layout
  • Creating Reusable Templates

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