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Technical report writing (v)

Learn the principles of technical document creation and how to make this task as simple as possible.

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Learn the principles of technical document creation and how to make this task as simple as possible.

If you're involved in technical work you'll quickly discover the challenges presented when trying to communicate ideas, information, proposals or recommendations to others. All too often, the impact of many hours of work can hinge on your ability to explain the results quickly and effectively.

In this course we present the key principles of technical document creation and explain how to make the task as simple as possible. We show you how to use tools and techniques to improve the quality and reduce the time you need to produce effective documents.

We focus on what makes your writing more effective and more efficient. We discuss the differences between industrial writing and academic writing as well as alternatives to writing a report.

We cover structure, layout, writing style and other fundamental areas in general terms, but as we have prepared this course specifically for engineers we also deal with planning, appropriate use of Microsoft Word, and common errors engineers often make.

Our trainers are highly qualified Chartered Engineers and Fellows of the Institution, all with extensive experience in the engineering industry. With their technical and management backgrounds, they can speak with authority based on practical experience.

The trainers cover all aspects of technical reports, from writing to reviewing and approving, and also the business context of commissioning and receiving technical reports.

Delivery format:

  • 3 x 2-hour virtual classrooms
  • A 30 minute coaching session to receive feedback on their own technical report and style

Who should attend?

Engineers and non-engineers at all levels, but is particularly useful for those new to report writing in a business context.

How will I benefit?

After the course you will be able to:

• Define and agree the purpose of the report
• Understand the needs of your readers
• Design a document structure to get your message across effectively
• Identify the necessary content and have an appropriate layout
• Use a number of readily available tools to assist with report writing
• Edit more competently and eliminate avoidable mistakes
• Adopt a clear and concise writing style and measure it using Microsoft statistics
• Reference and quote correctly, and not infringe copyright
Contributes 6 CPD hours

Key topics

• Planning your report
• Report structure
• Editing
• Grammar and styling
• Assessment of your writing style

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 Technical report writing (v).

  • 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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Available dates for Technical report writing (v)

6 hour course

14 Mar 2022 10:00 - 16:00 This course has 3 virtual sessions of 2 hours each: 14, 15 & 16 March 2022 - 14:00-16:00 GMT

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