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A Guide to Writing as an Engineer, 4ed

David Beer, David McMurrey

ISBN: 9788126579785

INR 419


The fourth edition of A Guide to Writing as an Engineer updates Beer and McMurrey’s popular book on communication and technical writing for engineers. Used predominantly in freshmen engineering survey courses, the text is also applicable for specific courses on engineering writing or technical communication later in the curriculum. A Guide to Writing as an Engineer deals with a variety of topics ranging from important writing concepts that apply to professional engineers, to content, organization, format and style of various kinds of engineering writing.  The book also covers oral presentations, research techniques, ethics, and proper citation methods.  


1. Engineers and Writing

  • Engineers Write a Lot  
  • Engineers Write Many Kinds of Documents
  • Successful Engineering Careers Require Strong Writing Skills
  • Engineers Can Learn to Write Well  
  • Noise and the Communication Process
  • Controlling the Writing System  


2. Eliminating Sporadic Noise in Engineering Writing

  • Spelling and Spell Checkers
  • Punctuation
  • Traditional Sentence Errors
  • Technical Usage
  • Edit, Edit, Edit


3. 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
  • Explain the Technical to Non-specialists
  • Make Your Ideas Accessible
  • Use Efficient Wording
  • Format Your Pages Carefully
  • Express Yourself Clearly
  • Manage Your Time Efficiently
  • Edit at Different Levels
  • Share the Load: Write as a Team


4. Letters, Memoranda, Email and Other Media for Engineers

  • Which to Use?
  • Writing Style for Business Correspondence
  • Communication Strategies for Tricky Situations
  • Business Letters: Components and Format
  • Business Memoranda
  • Email: Functions, Style, Format
  • New Internet Media


5. Writing Common Engineering Documents

  • Some Preliminaries
  • Inspection and Trip Reports
  • Research, Laboratory, and Field Reports
  • Specifications
  • Proposals
  • Progress Reports
  • Instructions
  • Recommendation Reports


6. Writing Research and Design Reports

  • Engineering Research Reports
  • Engineering Design Reports
  • General Report Design and Format
  • Generating Portable Document Files
  • Using CMS and Other Applications for Team Reports


7. Constructing Engineering Tables and Graphics

  • Tables
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Illustrations
  • Graphics and Tables: Guidelines


8. Accessing Engineering Information

  • Basic Search Strategies
  • Sources of Engineering Information
  • Internet Engineering Information Resources
  • Internet Search Tools


9. Engineering Your Speaking

  • Preparing the Presentation
  • Delivering the Presentation
  • Presenting as a Team
  • Checklist for Oral Presentations
  • Listening to Presentations
  • The Importance of Informal Communication


10. Writing to Get an Engineering Job

  • How to Write an Engineering Résumé
  • How to Write an Application Letter
  • How to Write a Follow-Up Letter


11. Ethics and Documentation in Engineering Writing

  • Engineering Ethics
  • The Ethics of Honest Research


12. Engineering Your Online Reputation

  • Introduction to Social Media Management
  • Creating a WordPress Blog
  • Building a Facebook Page for a Business
  • Using Twitter to Connect and Share Information
  • Generating Your Interactive Résumé on LinkedIn
  • Targeting Experts with Google+