ERIC Number: ED239275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Engineer/Writer Team Approach in Preparing a Technical Paper.
Mann, James A.
An engineer/writer team approach to technical writing produces high quality papers intelligible to nonspecialists as it significantly reduces the amount of time the engineer must spend writing. The first step is transferring information from engineer to writer. A detailed outline is the most common form of initial input and can be presented to the writer before or during a preliminary meeting. The writer should have two main objectives for this meeting: to determine the paper's main point and to obtain enough background information to understand the subject. In composing the paper's first draft, the writer organizes the information, occasionally consulting the engineer on the outline or on the material's arrangement. At a second more extensive meeting, the writer determines the audience's frame of reference and asks further pertinent questions. The writer may also show the draft to the engineer for comments. The writer then prepares a second, relatively complete draft and gives it to the engineer for further changes and additions. Finally, the paper goes through a management review cycle, after which either the writer or the engineer makes final adjustments. (HTH)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Engineers, Interpersonal Communication, Interprofessional Relationship, Participative Decision Making, Research Reports, Teamwork, Technical Writing, Writing Processes
Not available separately; see CS 208 075.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A