Technical Writing for Engineering Professionals - electronic book

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A toolkit for developing technical reports quickly and efficiently. The book offers clear, specific guidelines for developing each of the sections (abstract, conclusions, introduction, and discussion) and designing and using graphics that illustrate your results. Weatherford's approach can be applied in all types of writing, from email and letters to project proposals and final reports. The book also includes tips for using English that will help keep your writing crisp and clear. Anyone in a technical profession, from intern to management, who wants to implement a better, faster, and more consistent approach to writing will benefit from reading this book.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the process of writing a technical report, from the time you know your conclusions until you present it to your supervisor, client, or professional organization
  • Get a quick overview of each chapter in the "short form" summary at the beginning, and use the handy checklist at the end to critique each part of your report as you write
  • Learn to read literature efficiently and critically and take notes that will help you write your own reports as well as how to cite material that will lend strength to your work


  • Field level personnel
  • Engineers
  • Management
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Students

About the Author

Dr. Darla-Jean Weatherford has more than 20 years' experience in teaching technical writing and presentations to engineers at Texas A&M University. During her 14 years as coach of the petroleum engineering department's student paper contest team, her students took more than half the awards at each year's regional competition. She also received a university-level award for design and delivery of her senior-level technical writing course. In addition to teaching, Dr. Weatherford has more than two decades of experience in editing company reports, papers for presentation at technical meetings, and other professional engineering documents.

Dr. Weatherford holds a BS in Education, Journalism, English from the Texas State University, an MS in Educational Cirriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University and a PhD in Technical Communicatoin and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University.

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Type: eBook
Pages: 350
Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781593706678

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