Technical Communication : Technical Communications Essay

1126 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 null Page
Technical communications is a key component to the success of engineers in the field. Studies find that around fifty percent of an engineer’s work constitutes communication duties. (Brandt & Prescott, 2013) These duties must be acknowledged and bestowed onto students in their college career in order for them to be prepared for the field. Through the use of technical written, oral, and visual communications, engineers can bring designs to life. These communications translate into technical documents consisting of: technical memos, emails, presentations, design reports, notes, proposals, site reports, provisions, and contracts. (Conrad, Pfeifer & Szymoniak, 2012) This report will generalize how engineers use technical communications in the field, analyze if this course prepares students for this discipline, and lay forth recommendations to bestow technical communications onto students in the engineering practice.

Perhaps one of the key ingredients to a successful engineer is successful written communication; averaging in at about twenty-five percent of an engineer’s time. (Brandt & Prescott, 2013) Written communication can be found everywhere amongst engineers, used to teach and inform, persuade and convince, and formulate one’s thoughts. (Warnock & Kahn, 2007) All of the forms of technical writing produced by engineers should be clear, concise, precise, and accurate. (Evans, 1995)(Wolfe, 2009)
Clear and concise writing is key to effectively communicating with an…

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