The ABCD (Abridged Basics for Career Development) series provides early career engineers with a brief introduction to different career development topics including real world examples.

Abridged Basics for Career Development: Module 2 - Communication

Apr 23, 2020

by ASME.org

Engineers in particular tend to emphasize technical and mathematical skills more than communication skills, not realizing that they cannot be fully effective in their jobs if they are poor listeners, speakers and writers. Engineers need strong speaking, listening and writing skills to succeed at the work.

In their capacity as managers, engineers must speak to employees, must deliver presentations, and must conduct meetings. All of these - from a short, simple conversation to a long technical presentation - require good speaking skills. Public speaking is the best way to win the trust of large groups of people, such as employees, colleagues, and clients.

The current module describes the communication skills essential for Early Career Engineers and provides resources to gain these skills in order to progress and succeed in their career. This module also helps them build your capacity to take higher roles and responsibilities more effectively.

Learn more about communications theories.

Real World Examples

Click on the links below to learn about real world examples of successful communication practices.

Case Study #1 Using Analogies for Communication

Case Study #2 What if Your Project Success Depends on People Who Don't Report to You?

Case Study #3 Communications Tree

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