I have found this title as a succinct, jargon-free, no nonsense guide to writing engineering documents/reports of any length. It contains almost everything a serious and mature engineering writer needs to know about communicating his/her work.
I have used it as a textbook in 499: Senior Project, and, as a guide, in editing many articles and dissertations while working as a WRITING INSTRUCTOR in the College of Engineering at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah.
If you are writing an engineering report, it provides you excellent directions about how to write each chapter or section of the report: cover and label, page numbering, abstract, table of contents, list of figures/tables, introduction, body of the report, conclusions, appendixes, documentation, bibliography/references, and so on. It has a separate chapter on how to construct tables and graphics for the report. In addition, it has chapters on how to research, how do an oral presentation, how to write a resume, documentation and ethics, etc.
However, I have found some shortcomings of this writing guide. Any serious researcher would be looking for directions for writing two major chapters/components of a senior project, thesis or a journal article to be published -- (1) literature review and (2) methods/materials components. This title does not cover literature review adequately. Further, procedure/methods/materials section, so vitally important for a research report, is missing.
M. Solaiman Ali, Ph.D. (Indiana)
College of Engineering
King Abdulaziz University
P.O. Box: 80379
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 21589