Course Code: 20357

Technical Writing for Engineers, Scientists and Non-Technical Professionals

Class Dates:
3 Days
Class Time:
Instructor-Led Training, Virtual Instructor-Led Training


  • Course Overview
  • In this 3 day course, students will learn Technical Writing Basics. You will learn structuring, positioning and choosing the Right Words for your writing and avoid traps.
    Regardless of the areas of expertise, engineering intersects with all the fields that constitute modern enterprises. The engineer discovers soon after graduation that the range of subjects covered in the engineering curriculum omits many of the most important problems encountered in the line of daily practice — problems concerning new technology, business, law, and related technical fields
    With this course, every engineer now has within reach a compact set of primers on important subjects such as patents, contracts, software, business communication, management science, and risk analysis, as well as more specific topics such as embedded systems design. These are books that require only a lay knowledge to understand properly, and no engineer can afford to remain uninformed about the fields involved.
  • Audience
  • Engineers
    Nontechnical Professionals


  • None

Course Details

  • The Nature of Technical Writing
  • Introduction
  • Who Writes Technical Documentation
  • Taxonomy of Technical Writing
  • Technical Reporting
  • Business Communications
  • Scientific Writing
  • Exercises
  • Technical Writing Basics
  • Introduction
  • Structuring Your Writing
  • Positioning Your Writing
  • Choosing the Right Words
  • Avoiding Traps
  • Making Your Technical Writing More Interesting
  • The 5 Cs of Technical Writing
  • Exercises
  • The Writing Process
  • Introduction
  • The Traditional Writing Process, Brainstorming, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
  • Environment
  • Dealing with Writer's Block
  • Meeting Deadlines
  • Writing Tools
  • Permissions and Plagiarism
  • Making Your Writing Understandable to All
  • Hofstede's Metrics
  • British versus American English
  • Exercises
  • Scientific Writing
  • Introduction
  • Technical Reports
  • Tutorials
  • Opinion
  • Research Papers
  • Survey of the Field, Based on Survey Data, Based on Experimentation
  • Reviews of Books, Papers, and Reports
  • Exercises
  • Business Communications
  • Introduction
  • Resumes, Name, Contact Information, Summary, Statement of Objective
  • Resumes, Experience, Education and Training, Licenses and Certifications,
  • Resumes, Consulting, Hardware and Software, Security Clearance, Military and Other Service
  • Transmittal Letters
  • Writing Letters of Reference
  • Memos
  • Meetings, Agendas, and Minutes
  • Customer Relations Writing
  • Press Releases
  • Presentations
  • Marketing and Sales Materials
  • Technical Reporting
  • Introduction
  • Technical Procedures
  • Proposals
  • Panel Sessions
  • Strategic Plans and Planning
  • Executive Summary
  • The Mission Statement, SWOT Analysis
  • Goals, Objectives and Strategies
  • Budget
  • Problem Reports
  • User Manuals
  • Exercises
  • Using Graphical Elements
  • Breaking up the Monotony
  • Modeling Ideas with Graphics
  • Selecting the Best Model for a Schedule
  • Dealing with Figures, Callouts, Captioning, and Placement, Permission for Figures
  • Dealing with Tables
  • Dealing with Equations, Using Microsoft Equation Editor, Using Math Type
  • Dealing with Dynamic Content
  • Exercises
  • Publishing Your Work
  • Introduction
  • What Kinds of Work Can be Published
  • Making a Living as a Writer, Freelance Writing, Writing Technical Books
  • The Review Process
  • Handling Rejection
  • Open Access Publishing, The Traditional Publishing Model, The Open-Access publishing Model
  • Self-Publishing
  • Exercises
  • Writing for E-Media
  • Introduction
  • E-Mail Can be Dangerous, Rules for E-Mails, The Signature Line, Use of Emoticons
  • E-Newsletters
  • Blogging
  • Social Networks
  • E-Magazines
  • E-Readers
  • Online Courses
  • Exercises
  • Writing with Collaborators
  • Introduction
  • Writing in Different Voices, Using Metrics to Detect Nonhomogeneous Writing
  • Very Large Collaborative Writing Projects
  • Behavior of Groups, Tuckman's Model, Forming, Storming, Norming , Performing, Mourning
  • Other Paradigms for Team Building
  • Group Writing and Improvisational Comedy
  • Team Technical Writing as Scriptwriting
  • Antipatterns in Organization
  • Divergent Goals, Process Clash
  • Exercises