Engineering essentials

Advanced Technical Report Writing

This ‘advanced’ course will primarily focus on influencing your reader through your writing. We will consider the words you choose, the style and tone of your writing, having a clear, concise message and an appropriate format.

1 day

Members: £495 + VAT
Non-members: £595 + VAT

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Advanced Technical Report Writing

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Members:
£495.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£595.00 Plus vat

Summary

This ‘advanced’ course will primarily focus on influencing your reader through your writing. We will consider the words you choose, the style and tone of your writing, having a clear, concise message and an appropriate format.

This course is designed as a ‘follow on’ day for people who have taken the Technical Report Writing course (either through a face-to-face delivery or virtually) and want to take their writing skills further, building on the skills already learned. We will look at how to write about technical subjects, not just for reports, but for a range of different uses such as journal papers, e-mails, minutes of meetings and business cases

You should bring along a laptop, so that you can access some documents in the public domain and critique them during the course. You will also be re-writing some sections of prose and practising writing in different styles and for different audiences. It is important to know your own style, so you will be asked to have access to a recent piece of your work and a clean, functioning version of your corporate template.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for anyone who has experience of technical writing and wants to improve and refine their skills. Particularly those responsible for creating, compiling, proof reading, editing, approving or publishing technical documents. Delegates must have already completed the Technical Report Writing course. 

How will I benefit?

After the course you will be able to:

  • Adapt the style and format of a range of technical documents
  • Apply best practice e-mail etiquette to communicate more effectively by email
  • Produce diagrams and other graphics that support and enhance writing
  • Understand good sentence structure and punctuation
  • Practice how to write in plain English
  • Write value-added conclusions, recommendations and summary
  • Influence readers through improved written communication
  • Share best practice written work to aid team improvements
Contributes 7 CPD hours

This course has been developed based on request for more detail, delivered in the same interactive, fun style. Once engineers become aware of what they don't know regarding grammar and English language, they're keen to learn more - but not in a way that is reminiscent of school lessons!

Penny Taylor Course tutor

Key topics

  • How to construct a clear and concise summary.
  • How to write good, clear, value-added Conclusions and Recommendations.
  • E-mail etiquette – structure, circulation, wording, layout to increase the impact of your communication.

  • Correct use of punctuation, apostrophes and hyphens.
  • Re-writing some sample pieces to practice writing in plain English.

  • How to produce visual aids that have impact and are clear for the reader.

  • Guidance on the appropriate writing style for a range of technical documents including business cases, proposals and minutes of meetings.

  • Some common grammar and style errors and how to do it right.

  • Identifying best practice and sharing it with others.

  • Using Microsoft Word efficiently.

  • Re-writing some sample pieces to practice writing in plain English.

  • Getting the style and tone of your writing correct for your purpose and readers.

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: D

  1. Communication and inter-personal skills - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: 'Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills’

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Advanced Technical Report Writing.

  • Jean Billingsley

    Jean Billingsley

    Jean has 25 years’ experience in engineering and project management, holding senior management positions at Rolls-Royce and Alstom, most recently as Programme Manager.
  • Penny Taylor

    Penny Taylor CEng FIMechE FWES

    Penny is a Fellow of the Institution and has over 20 years experience in the automotive industry and is an experienced trainer, coach and facilitator.

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  • Duration:
    1 day
  • CPD Hours:
    7
  • Accredited:
    no
  • UK-Spec:
    D

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