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Guide to Writing as an Engineer

ISBN-10: 0470417013
ISBN-13: 9780470417010
Edition: 3rd 2010
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Book details

List price: $79.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/23/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

This invaluable resource guides engineers through the technical writing issues that they must know in order to succeed in the field. The third edition includes numerous new examples integrated throughout the chapters that illustrate content, organization, and format of different types of documents. New material on the useful aspects of passive voice is added, such as when the actor is known/obvious and when emphasis needs to be on the recipient of the action. Discussions are included on plagiarism, ethics, and citing material properly. In order to accomplish this, the IEEE system of documenting sources is presented. Engineers will also benefit from the startup help for using PowerPoint or other software for their presentations as well as strategies for using such materials.

Engineers and Writing
Engineers Write a Lot
Engineers Write 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
Eliminating Sporadic Noise in Engineering Writing
Spelling and Spell Checkers
Punctuation
Sentence Sense
Technical Usage
Edit, Edit, Edit
Exercises
Bibliography
Guidelines for Writing Noise-Free Engineering Documents
Focus on Why You Are Writing
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
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
Writing Common Engineering Documents
Some Preliminaries
Inspection and Trip Reports
Laboratory and Field Reports
Specifications
Proposals
Progress Reports
Instructions
Recommendation Reports
Exercises
Bibliography
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
Constructing Engineering Tables and Graphics
Tables
Charts and Graphs
Illustrations
Graphics and Tables: Guidelines
Exercises
Bibliography
Accessing Engineering Information
Basic Search Strategies
Sources of Engineering Information
Internet Engineering Information Resources
Internet Search Tools
Exercises
Bibliography
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
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
Ethics and Documentation in Engineering Writing
Engineering Ethics
The Ethics of Honest Research
Exercises
Bibliography
Index

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