Technical Report Writing and Presentation Skills for Engineers
Report writing and presentation are part of almost all professional’s assignment. Before we talk more about technical report writing and presentation skills for engineers, we should understand what a technical report is. A technical report is a formal report which designed to convey technical information in a clear, brief and easily accessible format. It presents fact and conclusion about your designs and other projects. Typically it includes research about technical concept as well as data, diagram and graphical depictions of design.
In engineering, technical reports include various types of technical information. Technical report also is the primary written work product of engineers. It follows a strict organization or format.
This article will show you the outline of commonly accepted format for a technical report.
Structure of a technical report consists of some sections which allow different readers to access different levels of information. It should contain the following sections: Title page-Summary-Content-Introduction-The body of the report-Conclusions-References-Bibliography-Acknowledgements-Appendices. Tittle page contain title. Summary contain important information, features and conclusion as the result. Content section contain lists all section and subsection headings with page number. Introduction presents the report’s objectives and proceeding information that guide you to the main idea of the report. The body of the report contains numbered and headed section that separate different main ideas in a logical order. Conclusions contain the main idea in short logical sentences. References show details of published sources of material including website address which quoted in the report. Bibliography contain other published source of material including website address which not referred but may useful for further reading. Acknowledgements present a list of peoples who helped in your report preparation or in the research. Appendices contain any further material that important for full understanding of your report but not required by casual reader so you may add appendices when you think it will be appropriate only.
Script - the report must be printed single sided on white A4 paper.
Margin – all margins must be at least 1 inch.
Page numbers – consecutively starting at 1, do not number the title, summary and contents pages.
Binding – brief report may bind with a single staple at the top left corner or 2-3 staples spaced down the left hand margin, longer reports should be use binder.
If you are an engineer for particular company you may follow your company report style.
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