A Guide to Writing as an Engineer

A Guide to Writing as an Engineer

David F. Beer

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1118300270

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A Guide to Writing as an Engineer

David F. Beer

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1118300270

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Written for engineers, this book provides more than technical know-how and focuses on how to be an effective communicator. This new edition helps to eliminate the glitches that trip up the busy reader or listener, causing annoyance, confusion, or misunderstanding—so that their writing and speech are crystal clear. This text also focuses on the technical writing and speaking issues encountered in day to day work, writing reports, business letter, memoranda, proposals, emails, presentations, and more. The new edition includes new coverage of social media, including coverage of popular forms, best practices, dangers and ethics of using social media, and expanded coverage of informal communication.

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writing. Often the semicolon is replaced by a comma, which is an error according to traditional punctuation rules. More frequently we simply use a period and start a new sentence, but then a psychological closeness might be lost. Look at these examples: Punctuation problem: Your program is working well, however mine is a disaster. Revision: Your program is working well; however, mine is a disaster. Page 16 Beer c02.tex V3 - 03/04/2013 10:39 A.M. Punctuation 17 Punctuation problem: The

design any different from normal static losses. If you have different information on this, I would like to have references to it. • I cannot see any advantage to low sidewall application. The problem is injection and pattern. I do see an advantage to low sidewall return; Carrier Design Manual–Air Distribution is a good reference on both items. • I recommend step-down diffusers with OBD because they have pattern and volume control that is superior to stamped-faced diffusers. Use of special

in explaining how to install a computer program, you have to decide whether readers understand some basics about installation media, folders, directories, or files. Introduction. In the introduction, include some combination of the following: • Subject. Indicate the procedure you’ll explain. If you are providing instructions for a product, identify it. • Audience. Indicate background your readers need in order to understand your instructions. If no special background is needed, indicate that. •

or both of these terms. 5. Find out whether your search engines require that you enclose phrases in quotation marks, e.g., ‘‘gas turbine.’’ 6. Adjacency searching lets you specify how close one term should be to another in your search results. You can use near for any distance within 10 characters, in any order; use within to specify the distance between the terms. 7. Use parentheses to combine different search techniques, such as combining both Boolean and and or in a single search: CAD and

be implemented when MG Press is trending down and the LIOC procedure shall be implemented when the PZR level is decreasing. Noise in a written document can cause anything from momentary confusion to a complete inability to understand a message. However, noise inevitably costs money—or to put it graphically, NOISE = $$$$ According to engineer Bill Brennan, a senior member of the technical staff at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in Austin, Texas, it costs a minimum of $200 to produce one page of an

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