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Guide to Writing as an Engineer / Edition 2
     

Guide to Writing as an Engineer / Edition 2

by David F. Beer, David A. McMurrey
 

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ISBN-10: 0471430749

ISBN-13: 9780471430742

Pub. Date: 05/14/2004

Publisher: Wiley

To succeed as an engineer, you need more than technical know-how. You need to be an effective communicator. Eliminate the glitches that trip up the busy reader or listener, causing annoyance, confusion, or misunderstanding-so that your writing and speech are crystal clear.

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To succeed as an engineer, you need more than technical know-how. You need to be an effective communicator. Eliminate the glitches that trip up the busy reader or listener, causing annoyance, confusion, or misunderstanding-so that your writing and speech are crystal clear.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471430742
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/14/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.39(d)

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Table of Contents

1 Engineers and Writing 1

Engineers Write a Lot 2

Engineers Write Many Kinds of Documents 4

A Successful Engineering Career Requires Strong Writing Skills 5

Engineers Can Learn to Write Well 6

Noise and the Communication Process 7

Controlling the Writing System 9

Exercises 11

Bibliography 11

2 Eliminating Sporadic Noise in Engineering Writing 13

Spelling and Spell Checkers 14

Punctuation 15

Sentence Sense 23

Technical Usage 35

Edit, Edit, Edit 42

Exercises 43

Bibliography 44

3 Guidelines for Writing Noise-Free Engineering Documents 45

Focus on Why You Are Writing 46

Focus on Your Readers 47

Satisfy Document Specifications 49

Get to the Point 50

Provide Accurate Information 51

Present your Material Logically 52

Make Your Ideas Accessible 52

Use Lists for Some Information 55

Format Your Pages Carefully 58

Express Yourself Clearly 60

Use Efficient Wording 64

Manage Your Time Efficiently 68

Edit at Different Levels 69

Share the Load: Write as a Team 70

Exercises 73

Bibliography 74

4 Letters, Memoranda, Email, and Other Media for Engineers 75

Which to Use? 76

Business Letters 78

Business Memoranda 83

Email 86

New Internet Media 89

Writing Styles for Business Correspondence 93

Exercises 94

Bibliography 95

5 Writing Common Engineering Documents 97

Some Preliminaries 98

Inspection and Trip Reports 99

Laboratory and Field Reports 102

Specifications 104

Proposals 107

Progress Reports 113

Instructions 116

Recommendation Reports 120

Exercises 126

Bibliography 126

6 Writing an Engineering Report 129

Letter of Transmittal 130

Cover and Label 132

Page Numbering 133

Abstract andExecutive Summary 133

Table of Contents 135

List of Figures and Tables 135

Introduction 135

Body of the Report 137

Conclusions 143

Appendixes 143

Documentation 144

Generating Portable Document Files 145

Using Wikis and Other Applications for Team Reports 145

Exercises 147

Bibliography 148

7 Constructing Engineering Tables and Graphics 151

Tables 152

Charts and Graphs 155

Illustrations 157

Graphics and Tables: Guidelines 160

Exercises 162

Bibliography 163

8 Accessing Engineering Information 165

Basic Search Strategies 166

Sources of Engineering Information 170

Internet Engineering Information Resources 190

Internet Search Tools 194

Exercises 197

Bibliography 197

9 Engineering Your Speaking 199

Preparing the Presentation 200

Delivering the Presentation 211

Team Presentations 217

Checklist for an Oral Presentation 218

Listening to a Presentation 218

The Importance of Informal Communication 219

Exercises 220

Bibliography 221

10 Writing to Get an Engineering Job 223

How to Write an Engineering Resume 224

How to Write an Application Letter 237

How to Write a Follow-Up Letter 248

Exercises 249

Bibliography 249

11 Ethics and Documentation in Engineering Writing 251

Engineering Ethics 251

The Ethics of Honest Research 257

Exercises 265

Bibliography 266

Index 267

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