RE: RE: teaching technical writing to engineers

Subject: RE: RE: teaching technical writing to engineers
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: 24 Mar 2004 22:04:37 GMT

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On Wed, 24 Mar 2004 16:53:25 -0500 wrote:

>The experience of engineering classes is one that many
>outside the field mock but they have little comprehension
>of the stress and required level of commitment.

Did you by any chance get the traditional freshman
orientation speech for engineering students? ("look
to your left; now look to your right; by graduation
one of the people you just looked at won't be there")
The president of our school turned out to be a tad
bit optimistic; out of 550 freshmen, we graduated a
class of 101.

>Most engineering students are trying for engineering
>jobs, not a fall back position as a writer.

OTOH, a common bit of advice I got from many engineers
and former engineers when in school went, "Get your
degree, but don't remain an engineer all your life;
use engineering as a stepping stone to better positions."
Turned out to be darned good advice for me.

Gene Kim-Eng


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