Writing Tips and Traps for Professional Engineers

Course Number: PD-3008
Credit: 3 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Richard "Dick" Grimes, CPT
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In Writing Tips and Traps for Professional Engineers, you'll learn ...

  • Common traps in grammar, sentence construction, and word usage that account for the majority of writing problems
  • Comma uses and abuses
  • How to use colons and semicolons correctly
  • Proper subject and verb agreement
  • Common errors in parallel constructions


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Credit: 3 PDH

Length: 37 pages

Let me be clear about something before we go any farther (or is it “further”): this WILL NOT be a rehash of that dry English grammar class you probably skipped in college as often as possible. There are too many reference books – in either paper or digital form – that you could use which would be more comprehensive.

The design of this course is based on the Pareto Effect - where 20% of a universe accounts for 80% of the impact. Although I admit I have no scientific basis, I intuitively sense that 20% of grammar rules and spelling errors account for 80% of the grammatical problems we see in everyday business writing. After all, we each tend to have our favorite phrases, buzz words, professional jargon, and communications styles and it is reasonable to think that our errors will tend to repeat if we are not aware of them.

This course will provide you with a useful guide targeted at those few significant rules of grammar and key misspelled or misused words. It is written for the professional engineer seeking to be as careful and accurate in writing reports, memos, and professional papers for publication as you are in your technical work.

The quality of your writing speaks volumes about your self-image and career aspirations. Maybe you are familiar with the phrase “don’t dress for the job you have but for the job you want!” The same rationale works for your writing.

This will identify many common traps in grammar, sentence construction, and word usage that surround us daily in a workplace of people who feel it is sufficient to be simply understood rather than grammatically correct. After all, they reason, how many people write well enough (or is it “good enough”) in today’s workplace to notice the difference? They have a very legitimate, but sad, argument.

The course even delves into digital communications because more and more workplace dialogue occurs there.

Finally, there is a bonus section that is closely associated with well-written documentation. It is a strategic model for a financial presentation. Although a well-written justification will not guarantee approval, a poorly written one will certainly not help it.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Avoid stepping into the most common grammatical traps found in so much of today's verbal and written communications
  • Confidently construct sentences with parallelism for greater effectiveness and color in their writing
  • Write confidently knowing why certain words and phrase are used beyond "they just sound good,"
  • Use colons and semicolons correctly
  • Review a written document and quickly find grammatical errors and recommend solutions
  • Use a successful model to create a financial proposal presentation with high chance of approval
  • Avoid the use of common troublesome words and phrases in business writing
  • Take a self-test to determine their current writing skills level
  • Write more professionally and effectively in today's digital communications world

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 25 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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Length: 37 pages

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