Technical Writing Workshop for Engineers
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8:00 – 8:30 am CST
8:30 am – 12:00 pm CST
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1:00 – 5:00 pm CST
Presented by Dr. Mark Decker
Writing for Specific Audiences
Primary and secondary audiences
Audience and tone
Visual Writing: Using Images, Graphs, and Charts to Convey Information
Document design principles and technical writing
Displaying data and information visually
Structuring documents for maximum readability
Using structuring tools to help audiences find information
Common patterns for organizing information
Common Document Structures
Creating clear instructions
Writing informal reports
Keeping concise and useful meeting minutes
Writing persuasive proposals
Crafting formal letters
Using memos to set policy and provide guidance
Professional email management
Common Document Sections
Using front matter to help readers evaluate documents
• Letters and memos of transmittal
• Executive summaries and abstracts
Best practices for standard body sections
• Introduction • Methods
• Qualifications • Budget
Giving readers further information in the back matter
• Glossary • Appendices
Editing for Concision and Clarity
General editing techniques
Ensuring continuity and clarity with transitions
Editing sentences for concision and clarity
Omitting needless words
Copyediting for clarity and concision
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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.
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7.0 PDHs in all states
Continuing Education Credit Information
This live interactive webinar offers 7.0 PDHs/continuing education hours to professional engineers
licensed in all states.
HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida
(Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No.
24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. Other states do not preapprove
educators or courses.
HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers
via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System
(Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2).
Course completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete the webinar in its
entirety, respond to all the prompts during the instruction, and earn a score of 80% on the quiz
that follows the instruction (multiple attempts allowed).
Dr. Mark Decker, PhDProfessor and Department Chair in the Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania’s English Department
Mr. Decker 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.