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Guide to Writing as an Engineer

Guide to Writing as an Engineer - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0470417010

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ISBN13: 978-0470417010
ISBN10: 0470417013
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 09
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Published: 2009
International: No

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Guide to Writing as an Engineer - 3RD 09 edition

ISBN13: 978-0470417010

David F. Beer

ISBN13: 978-0470417010
ISBN10: 0470417013
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 09
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Published: 2009
International: No
Summary

Improve the signal-to-noise ratio in your writing!
You'll need more than just technical prowess to succeed as a professional engineer; you'll need to be an effective communicator.
Specifically written to address the needs of engineers, this brief, easy-to-use guide gives you an efficient and direct way to improve your writing and speaking skills. The authors focus on those writing activities that engineers perform on a daily basis, such as reports, business letters, office memoranda, and e-mail, as well as oral presentations.
Now updated to reflect rapid changes in how we communicate, this Second Edition covers writing as part of a project team, plagiarism and ethics, email effectiveness and privacy, presentations using PowerPoint, and applying for jobs using the internet.
With this book, you'll learn how to:

  • Reduce the "noise" in your writing, by eliminating grammatical errors, typos, poor organization, and fuzzy thinking.
  • Correctly document information taken from other sources.
  • Increase your chances of landing the job you want.
  • Construct clear and effective graphics.
  • Avoid ethical pitfalls.


Author Bio

DAVID BEER is professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas Austin.

DAVID McMURREY is a technical writer from industry, most recently with IBM. This combination of academic and industry perspective gives this book its broad perspective covering all aspects of writing, from academic research to effective corporate communication.

Table of Contents


1. Engineers and Writing.

EngineersWrite a Lot.

EngineersWrite Many Kinds of Documents.

A Successful Engineering Career Requires Strong Writing Skills.

Engineers Can Learn to Write Well.

Noise and the Communication Process.

Controlling the Writing System.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

2. Eliminating Sporadic Noise in Engineering Writing.

Spelling and Spell Checkers.

Punctuation.

Sentence Sense.

Technical Usage.

Edit, Edit, Edit.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

3. Guidelines for Writing Noise-Free Engineering Documents.

Focus onWhyYou AreWriting.

Focus on Your Readers.

Satisfy Document Specifications.

Get to the Point.

Provide Accurate Information.

Present Your Material Logically.

Make Your Ideas Accessible.

Use Lists for Some Information.

Format Your Pages Carefully.

Express Yourself Clearly.

Use Efficient Wording.

Manage Your Time Efficiently.

Edit at Different Levels.

Share the Load: Write as a Team.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

4. Letters, Memoranda, Email, and Other Media for Engineers.

Which to Use?

Business Letters.

Business Memoranda.

Email.

New Internet Media.

Writing Styles for Business Correspondence.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

5. Writing Common Engineering Documents.

Some Preliminaries.

Inspection and Trip Reports.

Laboratory and Field Reports.

Specifications.

Proposals.

Progress Reports.

Instructions.

Recommendation Reports.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

6. Writing an Engineering Report.

Letter of Transmittal.

Cover and Label.

Page Numbering.

Abstract and Executive Summary.

Table of Contents.

List of Figures and Tables.

Introduction.

Body of the Report.

Conclusions.

Appendixes.

Documentation.

Generating Portable Document Files.

Using Wikis and Other Applications for Team Reports.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

7. Constructing Engineering Tables and Graphics.

Tables.

Charts and Graphs.

Illustrations.

Graphics and Tables: Guidelines.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

8. Accessing Engineering Information.

Basic Search Strategies.

Sources of Engineering Information.

Internet Engineering Information Resources.

Internet Search Tools.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

9. Engineering Your Speaking.

Preparing the Presentation.

Delivering the Presentation.

Team Presentations.

Checklist for an Oral Presentation.

Listening to a Presentation.

The Importance of Informal Communication.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

10. Writing to Get an Engineering Job.

How to Write an Engineering Resume.

How to Write an Application Letter.

How to Write a Follow-Up Letter.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

11. Ethics and Documentation in Engineering Writing.

Engineering Ethics.

The Ethics of Honest Research.

Exercises.

Bibliography.

Index.

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