Engineers are smart people. Their work is important, which is why engineering material should be written as deliberately and carefully as it will be read.
Engineering Writing by Design: Creating Formal Documents of Lasting Value demonstrates how effective writing can be achieved through engineering-based thinking. Based on the authors’ combined experience as engineering educators, the book presents a novel approach to technical writing, positioning formal writing tasks as engineering design problems with requirements, constraints, protocols, standards, and customers (readers) to satisfy. Specially crafted for busy engineers and engineering students, this quick-reading, conversational text:
Engineering Writing by Design: Creating Formal Documents of Lasting Value addresses the specific combination of thinking and writing skills needed to succeed in modern engineering. Its mantra is: to write like an engineer, you must think like an engineer. Featuring illustrative examples, chapter summaries and exercises, quick-reference tables, and recommendations for further reading, this book is packed with valuable tips and information practicing and aspiring engineers need to become effective writers.
"Teaching technical writing is challenging, as most engineering students feel that it isn’t important, because they are studying engineering not English. A book that teaches the logic behind technical writing combined with basic writing rules/tips is an asset."
—Raenita A. Fenner, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, USA
"This book places the value of good writing in an engineering context—both in terms of methodology (by using the design process) and in terms of the need for good writing in engineering. … I’m not aware of other engineering-based [writing] texts that go much past the mechanics of writing."
—Fred DePiero, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA
To the Reader
Think, Then Write, Like an Engineer
Quick Review of Some Design Concepts
Clearly Understand the Goal
What is the Goal?
How the Information Resides in Your Mind
Other Aspects of Situational Awareness
If Persuasion is Part of the Picture
Mindset for Technical Writing
See Rules as Helpful Tools
Think Clearly Before Starting to Write
Again, Keep Your Reader in View!
Getting Started With a Mind Map
Avoid the Worst Thinking Traps
Claims vs. Facts
Additional Checks on Correctness
Other Ways to Be Careful
Some Points of Grammar and Style
Rules and Suggestions
Keep Your Reader in Mind
More Rules and Suggestions
Write Your Math Well
What’s Wrong with My Math?
Writing Math Well
The Value of Abstraction