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An Engineering Education Australia training course:
As an engineer, you're expected to deliver reports, tenders, specifications and proposals in order to achieve particular outcomes for your organisation. In a competitive environment, winning technical documents require clarity and accuracy that is tailored to suit different audiences.
This one-day course, will help you identify strategies to improve your technical writing skills. You will be provided with practical writing tasks to help you turn theory into practice.
Upon completion you'll be able to tailor your writing to suit different audiences and implement strategies to prioritise and categorise information. You'll also be able to implement writing techniques to create clear and consistent documents, ensuring your reader remains engaged.
Who should attend?
This course is for you if you want to improve your writing skills to develop consistent, clear and concise documents, including technical and non-technical copy.
Full course outline
Discuss the documents you've written with all course participants; examine the key steps involved in writing effective technical documents.
- Audience analysis
Learn how to tailor written copy to suit different audiences whether they be managers, clients, technical experts or the general community.
Apply techniques to integrate the appropriate tone for your audience.
- Organise information
Learn strategies to prioritise and categorise information so that you can make insightful decisions about the relevance and appropriate level of detail required in copy. Also learn how to provide ‘signposts’ to keep your audience on-track when reading complex documents.
- Write with clarity, power and impact
Create clear and concise technical documents and demonstrate the flexibility of writing for different audiences, from experts to non-experts. Participants will also apply a readability formula to their own documents.
Learn how to write 'correct' paragraphs and well-constructed sentences, while using words that avoid confusion and ambiguity.
Understand the relevance of correct grammar and punctuation.
- Optimise layout
Achieve a consistent, clear and uncluttered look to technical documents. Learn the appropriate numbering systems for long documents; know the current standard regarding integrating graphics into text.
- Quality assurance
You will have opportunities throughout the course to review participants’ sample documents, including reports, tenders, specifications, correspondence or emails.
- Apply effective proofreading strategies
Learn strategies to be more effective when proofreading and how to give and receive feedback.
Build your Chartered competencies
This training course builds skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:
13. Local engineering knowledge
14. Problem analysis
Understand the Chartered (Stage 2) Competency Standards.
*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee a competency, it provides participants with the underpinning knowledge required to develop specific Chartered competencies.