Technical Writing Workshop for Engineers Seminar
Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 am
Morning Session: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch (On your own): 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Effective technical communication characteristics
• Ensuring specificity, accuracy, structure and visual appeal
Defining purpose and audience
• Identifying the document purposes and assessing
your audience’s needs and expertise
Adopting an appropriate style and tone
Using effective sentence construction
Using sentence variety (emphasis, parallel structure, subordination)
• Choosing the right words and technical terminology
• Ensuring clarity (ambiguity, awkwardness, logic errors, positive writing, voice)
• Constructing effective paragraphs
• Page layout and design considerations
Organizing and planning
• Developing work strategies to set priorities and to make the best use of writing time
• Creating project plans outlining specific details for a predictable and
logical structure to help your audience understand technical information
Revising and Editing
Editing for grammar and style
• Using punctuation and mechanics correctly
• Checking accuracy, completeness and effectiveness
• Checking unity and coherence
• Ethical issues
• Creating and integrating visuals
Best Practices in Correspondence and Technical Documents
• Formats and types of business correspondence
Memos and electronic mail
• Advantages and disadvantages of internal communications
• Using formats to establish the order of content in document front matter, body and end matter
• Specifications, reports, instructions, and proposals
4.0 FL Area of Practice CE Hours
7.0 PDHs Outside of Florida
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.0 continuing education hours to engineers in all states.
HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Florida professional engineers (Provider No. 0004647). This course qualifies for 4.0 Area of Practice continuing education hours.
HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.
Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. Attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.
Dr. Mark Decker
Dr. Mark Decker is professor and department chair in Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania’s English Department, where he teaches Technical Writing and Writing Technical Manuals in support of the Professional Writing minor. Dr. Decker has PhD and MA degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University (2001, 1997) and he graduated summa cum laude in English from Utah State University (1995).
While an undergraduate, Dr. Decker worked for several years as a staff writer for Aerotech News and Review, an aerospace and defense industry trade newspaper published in Lancaster, California. During graduate school, Dr. Decker was a member of the Leonhard Center for Technical Writing Initiative, a collaboration between Penn State’s Department of English and College of Engineering designed to promote an exchange of ideas between technical writing instructors and the scientific and engineering communities. Dr. Decker also taught Business Writing, Technical Writing, and an Advanced Technical Writing course that enrolled graduate students from technical and scientific disciplines.
After graduate school, Dr. Decker spent four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he taught Technical Writing in support of that school’s major in Technical Communication and served as the advisor for the student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. Dr. Decker has given presentations at several national and international conferences and has published both a book and a co-edited book as well as several scholarly articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia chapters.