Learn how to write a clear and concise technical report in this course by writing instructor Judy Steiner-Williams.
- [Instructor] So you want to write a technical report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a total of 49,500 technical writers currently and projects the employment of close to 60,000 in the next couple years with a growth rate of almost 5% higher than the average of all other occupations. What exactly do those technical report writers do? First they obviously report by providing a thorough written account of something investigated.
That something they report on is technical in nature such as engineering, informatics, government, or the environment. So a technical report writer prepares a written document about some technical area. Hi, I'm Judy. I look forward to helping you learn how to produce a technical report that is clear, concise, complete, and coherent, one that shows your skills and meets your readers' needs. We'll analyze what to report, research and observations, for example, how to report it, all the technical report cards and they can be numerous, and in what order to present the information.
Of course, we'll focus on the report-writing process through the lessons. So knowing what to do, in what order to do it, how to complete each step in the most efficient way possible while always keeping the reading audience in mind can help you follow a logical plan that will make technical report writing less intimidating. Are you ready to begin that technical writing journey that will result in a high quality technical report? Maybe you'll become one of those technical writers in the Bureau of Labor stats.
Let's get started.
- Identify the purpose and main point of a report.
- Determine which questions should be asked before writing a technical report.
- Recall the six ethical principles identified by the Society of Technical Writers.
- List three groups of readers that could be the audience for a technical report.
- Examine the technical audience.
- Explain when it is appropriate to use generic headings.
- Recognize the best approach for writing a first draft.
- Name three areas of a report that should be assessed during the revision process.
- Review the best strategies for keeping your writing concise.