Guide to Writing as an Engineer – David Beer, David McMurrey – 4th Edition


The fourth edition of A Guide to Writing as a updates Beer and McMurrey’s popular on communication and technical writing for engineers.
Used predominantly in engineering study courses for freshmen, the text is also applicable to specific courses on engineering writing or technical communication later in the curriculum.
A guide to writing as an deals with a variety of topics ranging from important writing concepts that apply to professional engineers, to content, organization, format and style of various types of engineering writing.
The also covers oral presentations, research techniques, ethics and appropriate dating methods. Beer is still a practical and practical book that can work not only as a in the classroom, but also as a reference and guide for writing and research, for practicing engineers.

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  • 1. Engineers and Writing 1

    Engineers Write a Lot 2

    Engineers Write Many Kinds of Documents 4

    Successful Engineering Careers Require Strong Writing Skills 5

    Engineers Can Learn to Write Well 6

    Noise and the Communication Process 7

    Controlling the Writing System 9

    Exercises 11

    Bibliography 11

    2. Eliminating Sporadic Noise in Engineering Writing 12

    Spelling and Spell Checkers 13

    Punctuation 13

    Traditional Sentence Errors 21

    Technical Usage 29

    Edit, Edit, Edit 38

    Exercises 38

    Bibliography 39

    3. Guidelines for Writing Noise-Free Engineering Documents 40

    Focus on Why You Are Writing 41

    Focus on Your Readers 42

    Satisfy Document Specifications 43

    Get to the Point 44

    Provide Accurate Information 45

    Present Your Material Logically 45

    Explain the Technical to Nonspecialists 46

    Make Your Ideas Accessible 48

    Use Efficient Wording 52

    Format Your Pages Carefully 60

    Express Yourself Clearly 61

    Manage Your Time Efficiently 66

    Edit at Different Levels 67

    Share the Load: Write as a Team 68

    Exercises 71

    Bibliography 71

    4. Letters, Memoranda, Email, and Other Media for Engineers 72

    Which to Use? 73

    Writing Style for Business Correspondence 76

    Communication Strategies for Tricky Situations 77

    Business Letters: Components and Format 78

    Business Memoranda 82

    Email: Functions, Style, Format 85

    New Internet Media 87

    Exercises 89

    Bibliography 90

    5. Writing Common Engineering Documents 91

    Some Preliminaries 92

    Inspection and Trip Reports 94

    Research, Laboratory, and Field Reports 95

    Specifications 98

    Proposals 102

    Progress Reports 105

    Instructions 109

    Recommendation Reports 114

    Exercises 118

    Bibliography 118

    6. Writing Research and Design Reports 119

    Engineering Research Reports 119

    Engineering Design Reports 130

    General Report Design and Format 131

    Generating Portable Document Files 133

    Using CMS and Other Applications for Team Reports 135

    Exercises 136

    Bibliography 137

    7. Constructing Engineering Tables and Graphics 138

    Tables 138

    Charts and Graphs 142

    Illustrations 145

    Graphics and Tables: Guidelines 146

    Exercises 147

    Bibliography 148

    8. Accessing Engineering Information 149

    Basic Search Strategies 150

    Sources of Engineering Information 154

    Internet Engineering Information Resources 172

    Internet Search Tools 174

    Exercises 176

    Bibliography 177

    9. Engineering Your Speaking 178

    Preparing the Presentation 179

    Delivering the Presentation 190

    Presenting as a Team 195

    Checklist for Oral Presentations 196

    Listening to Presentations 198

    The Importance of Informal Communication 198

    Exercises 199

    Bibliography 200

    10. Writing to Get an Engineering Job 201

    How to Write an Engineering Résumé 202

    How to Write an Application Letter 214

    How to Write a Follow-Up Letter 226

    Exercises 228

    Bibliography 228

    11. Ethics and Documentation in Engineering Writing 229

    Engineering Ethics 229

    The Ethics of Honest Research 235

    Exercises 243

    Bibliography 243

    12. Engineering Your Online Reputation 244

    Introduction to Social Media Management 244

    Creating a WordPress Blog 247

    Building a Facebook Page for a Business 250

    Using Twitter to Connect and Share Information 256

    Generating Your Interactive Résumé on LinkedIn 259

    Targeting Experts with Google+ 263

    Bibliography 266

    Index 267
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