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A Guide to Writing as an Engineer [Paperback]

David F. Beer , David A. McMurrey

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March 23 2009 0470417013 978-0470417010 3
This invaluable resource guides engineers through the technical writing issues that they must know in order to succeed in the field. The third edition includes numerous new examples integrated throughout the chapters that illustrate content, organization, and format of different types of documents. New material on the useful aspects of passive voice is added, such as when the actor is known/obvious and when emphasis needs to be on the recipient of the action. Discussions are included on plagiarism, ethics, and citing material properly. In order to accomplish this, the IEEE system of documenting sources is presented. Engineers will also benefit from the startup help for using PowerPoint or other software for their presentations as well as strategies for using such materials.

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What’s the signal-to-noise ratio in your communication?

To succeed as an engineer, you need more than technical know-how. You need to be an effective communicator. Eliminate the glitches that trip up the busy reader or listener, causing annoyance, confusion, or misunderstanding—so that your writing and speech are crystal clear.

Written for engineers and students of engineering, A Guide to Writing as an Engineer, Third Edition focuses on the technical writing and speaking issues you will face in your day-to-day work such as reports, business letters, office memoranda, proposals, emails, presentations, and more. You’ll learn how to:

  • Eliminate the “noise”—grammatical errors, typos, poor organization, and unclear phrasing from your writing
  • Create effective professional engineering documents, such as inspection and trip reports, laboratory reports, specifications, progress reports, proposals, instructions, and recommendation reports
  • Communicate visually with PowerPoint and other graphic tools
  • Stand out from the crowd with better application letters and resumes
  • Deliver oral presentations and speeches with confidence
  • Avoid plagiarism and other ethical pitfalls that engineering writers encounter

With updates on handling new media, from email and PDFs to wikis, forums, blogs, and social media, the Third Edition of A Guide to Writing as an Engineer will make your communication as impressive as your ideas.

About the Author

DAVID BEER is professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas Austin.

DAVID McMURREY is a technical writer from industry, most recently with IBM.  This combination of academic and industry perspective gives this book its broad perspective covering all aspects of writing, from academic research to effective corporate communication.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to writing as an engineer Feb. 27 2012
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has really helped me to write better and more technical as an engineer. The book contains specific guidelines that I consider very useful to succeed when presenting your material.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for an engineer! Nov. 12 2013
By Edgar Agosto - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must for every engineer; it provides extensive guidelines and samples on how to structure a good engineer's report.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guide to Writing as an Engineer Nov. 10 2011
By Dr. Solaiman Ali - Published on Amazon.com
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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)
Writing Instructor
College of Engineering
King Abdulaziz University
P.O. Box: 80379
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 21589
E-mail: m.s.ali.2009@gmail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Use this guide and you'll have no trouble writing and citing like a pro Aug. 9 2014
By striker - Published on Amazon.com
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Dry and to the point. Use this guide and you'll have no trouble writing and citing like a pro.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Saver Dec 21 2010
By Mad - Published on Amazon.com
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I hate writing!!!! I'll do numbers all day, but no writing!! This book helped me get an A in Communication for Engineers

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