Learn How To Be A Better Technical Writer
What is it about writing that troubles engineers? What makes engineers so scared of writing? Why are so many of us reluctant to write for work?
OTT’s online technical writing course for engineers answers these questions and shows you how to change habits to teach you how to write fluently, directly, and persuasively. It goes right back to middle school grammar and presents the rules, conventions, and suggestions for clear communication, and gives you skills every engineer needs to master technical writing.
Technical writing for engineers doesn’t have to be difficult or scary. Our course teaches the skills every engineer needs to become a better technical writer.
A Technical Writing Course for Engineers
This online course is designed and delivered by a professional engineer for professional engineers.
I know how engineers naturally put the object of a sentence before the subject. I have seen unnecessarily wordy text for four decades. I know how engineers are welded to the passive case (“the mat was seated upon by the cat”) instead of the immediate and fresh active case (“the cat sat on the mat”). I am tired of our love of auxiliary verbs (“the vibrator was used to eliminate the air in the concrete,” instead of “the vibrator eliminated the air in the concrete”).
This course takes on these engineering writing peculiarities. The course focuses on the way we as engineers write now, and how we should write.
Starting with a direct presentation of basic grammar rules, I will show you how to evaluate your own writing. I look at words, then sentences, then paragraphs, and then punctuation. I look at the rules. You will see how some rules can be bent (I call these “infractions”) and how some rules are near-sacred (“felonies”).
Then we take all these rules and look at how they influence our style. Yes, style.
The course will show you that as engineers, we need to choose from a range of writing styles, depending on our purpose. We look at the most formal, for contractual writing. We look at business style so we can communicate effectively with our peers. We see how to adjust our text for the public, project sponsors, and politicians.
You’ll learn how breaking the rules makes your writing unclear, bloated with unnecessary words, and lacking in detail. You’ll learn the technical writing skills for engineers that you weren’t taught in school.
You’ll learn to be a better technical writer.
How Will You Benefit from This Technical Writing Course?
Engineers are appointed for their technical skills and their ability to solve engineering problems. Engineers are promoted based on their ability to communicate technical ideas to a range of stakeholders.
This course will set you on a path to developing technical writing skills for a successful career in engineering. It will show you how to develop your own writing skills. Through drafting, editing, and proofreading, you’ll become a better writer with every project.
Be A Better Technical Writer: Seven Benefits from This Online Course
- You will be more confident as a writer.
- Your writing will become easier to read, which will increase your reputation and influence.
- You’ll save time by writing to a refined process instead of struggling to produce text.
- Your writing will be clearer.
- Your writing will be more concise.
- Your writing will be more concrete and specific.
- You’ll write fewer but better e-mails.
Why Choose This Technical Writing Course?
This Technical Writing for Engineers Course Is Up to Date
Language is ever-changing. Styles, conventions, and even words change, and technology is driving change as never before. Migration and the influx of engineers from overseas bring change.
Words change. “Shall” and “ought” are being replaced by “should” and “can.” The infinitive is losing its place. We write “we tried compacting” instead of “we tried to compact.” Texting makes us write fewer words, which is good, providing the meaning is preserved.
This course is written for today, for today’s rules.
This Course Is Online and Interactive
The course is delivered live to your desktop through video conferencing. This means you will see, hear, and interact with your instructor in real-time.
Five 2-hour sessions are delivered on Friday mornings, which means the time commitment is small. You’ll spend the sessions not only watching and listening, but you’ll also participate throughout. There’ll be puzzles, quizzes, and chatting, and class time never gets dull.
The instructor is an experienced online teacher with a lively personality and a wealth of knowledge. Every session will be recorded so that you’ll be able to review any particular topic.
All told, this course is easy, accessible, and engaging.
This Technical Writing Course Is Great Value
The $99 cost of these sessions amounts to only $10 per hour. Additionally, the entire course is on a user-friendly website with a great deal of valuable content that is carefully tailored to the engineer writer. This content enables you to practice with exercises and quizzes, and the templates and checklists will help you with your own writing projects.
Between the interactive classes and invaluable content, this course is remarkable value.
Designed and delivered by a professional engineer for professional engineers, our online technical writing course will teach you all the skills you need to communicate effectively in your technical writing.