Re: Teaching technical writing to engineers?

Subject: Re: Teaching technical writing to engineers?
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 10:00:39 -0500

> Evelyn Barker wondered: <<I'm going to be teaching a
> technical writing
> class to junior-level university engineering students...>>

> Which inevitably reminds me of a Robert Heinlein quote
> about trying to
> teach a pig to sing. Something like: "It only frustrates
> you and annoys the pig." <g>

Not sure if I should take offence. ;)

Actually, I'm a graduate of the engineering program at Concordia
University in Montreal. Every engineering student had to take a one
semester technical writing course and produce a technical paper over one
summer (that 'course' consisted of one 3-hour class explaining the
requirements and the deadline in the fall).

In addition, if you did not get a minimum of a B grade in the technical
writing course, you had to pass a written English proficiency exam before

You might want to check the program at Concordia for ideas and materials.

Eric L. Dunn
Senior Technical Writer


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