Even though engineers are technical people, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are good technical writers. Technical writing involves two key competencies: The ability to understand technical language; the second is being able to express that knowledge in a clear, concise, and coherent manner.
All professionals—scientist, engineers, etc.—must write. This includes reports, proposals, and technical publications, most of which do not receive proper external editing and many of which barely satisfy their audiences. ll professionals must feel empowered to write effectively and there is no excuse for substandard writing. Though few of us will be great writers, all of us can be effective and readable writers. Effective writing is simply writing in which readers walk away having captured what the writer intended them to capture. This requires the writer to identify goals and implement the means to these goals that address the needs of the readers.
This material focuses on scientific writing, but it is also applicable to any sort of technical writing
- Communication Process
- Why Write for the SPE
- How to Write the Abstract
- Writing the paper
- Presenting the Paper/Report
- Publishing in SPE
- Summary of the Writing and Presentation Process
- Question / Answer/ Discussion
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