Distilling Complicated Information for Public Consumption: Writing Tips for Engineers

One of the essential technical writing skills for engineers is learning how to distill complicated information for the lay audience. dis·till (dəˈstil): (v) extract the essential meaning or most important aspects of. For engineers to communicate effectively with the public, they must know how to simplify complex systems and distill complicated concepts into comprehensive summaries […]

Why Professional Writing Skills Are Necessary For Professional Development in Engineering

Our education gives us the basics of communication. We can construct correct sentences and paragraphs because we understand the rules of grammar. We’ve acquired the basic rules and can write grammatically-correct text. Our college education afforded little in terms of courses on technical communication. An engineering degree program is already overloaded, and it wouldn’t be […]

How will technical writing help engineers succeed in their job?  There are many courses on technical writing for engineers. Most are delivered by writers that are not engineers. Today, professional engineers are all college educated. Many of us took “technical writing for engineers courses” at college, but from whom? A professional technical writer is unlikely to have been a professional engineer. Our instructors were English or humanities majors […]