Early in engineering programs, students often dismiss the value of effective communication practices. Valuing technical knowledge and skill development, students can sometimes forget that engineering takes place within business organizations and universities. Engineers work with other engineers, as well as many other professionals. In fact, communicating effectively with others is a critical part of any engineer’s work. Coming up with an important innovation, a technical plan, or a repair solution will mean little if the engineer cannot convince other engineers and business professionals (as well as lawyers, environmentalists, and the public) that the work is financially justifiable and necessary. So engineers write. The information on this page is meant to assist you in your technical writing endeavours.
The essential aims of an Engineering paper:
Lab reports are a vital part of student and professional practice. The attached example is meant to illustrate the principal parts of an engineering lab report, providing you with guidelines to follow as you write and revise your own work.
Finished your report? Not sure everything's as it should be? Use this checklist, developed by Holly Algra for Dr. Krkosek's Engineering 2203 class, to review your work:
Writing well-defined, straightforward memos is essential when collaborating with people of different disciplines. Use these guidelines to ensure your memos are complete, accurate, purposeful and relevant to your audience.
The Faculty of Engineering offers students co-op work terms. The academic component of the work terms is a work term report. Departmental guidelines and other resources for writing work term reports are available to current co-op students via Brightspace. Additional information can be obtained by making an appointment with a co-op counselor.
This article noting the importance of learning how to communicate clearly to enhance employability appears in a 2012 newsletter from The Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS) :