Effective Technical Writing Online Training Series

Date From: 09 April 2018
Date To: 30 April 2018
Location: Worldwide
Description: Technical writing is one of the most important activities undertaken by an engineer, with the content often being safety-critical or business critical. It is therefore worthwhile considering how to improve the quality of documents and the efficiency of the writing.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: Online course
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534496
Contact Email: courses@icheme.org

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Technical writing is one of the most important activities undertaken by an engineer, with the content often being safety-critical or business critical.  It is therefore worthwhile considering how to improve the quality of documents and the efficiency of the writing process.

This modular online course will help you develop the skills required to produce more accessible and better written materials on a technical topic. This can include technical proposals, bids, reports and specifications. It has been written with the specific needs of the chemical engineer in mind.

It will take you through each step of the process, from identifying your desired audience and their needs, planning, structuring and writing your work, through to presenting the final document.

The modules, each around 60 minutes in length, are effective as stand-alone training sessions or as part of a modular programme.

Special note: Recordings are available if you can't make or miss a session.

Why effective writing skills are important for engineers

The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) sets out the competence and commitment required for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The specification requires engineers to demonstrate effective use of written and electronic methods for the communication in English of technical and other information. The specification also requires reading and synthesising information, and writing different types of documents. 

What's included in the series?

  • four 60-minute sessions
  • text Q&A with the trainer
  • four digital recordings for your personal use
  • digital copies of all slides and supporting materials (PDF) for your personal use
  • e-certificate of attendance, including hours allocation, for CPD purposes 

The benefits of IChemE online learning

  • save money: no travel, subsistence or accommodation costs
  • stay productive: limit your time away from the office
  • learn in manageable, concentrated, bite-size, one-hour chunks
  • review or refresh the learning at your convenience with digital recordings of each module
  • choose the modules you need - you don't need to buy them all


Module 1: An Introduction to effective technical writing

  • document quality and writing efficiency; a manufacturing approach
  • the components of document quality
  • empathy for the audience
  • transmitting and receiving written information


Module 2:  How to plan your writing

  • writing for the web and print: similarities and differences
  • meeting audience expectations
  • getting the content right
  • getting the structure right
  • storyboarding – a novel approach
  • Q&A and FAQs


Module 3: How to write with style

  • formal and informal registers
  • getting clarity
  • using motivating language
  • maintaining focus in your writing
  • Q&A and FAQs


Module 4: How to review and present documents

  • attention to detail
  • reviewing your work before sign-off
  • reviewing others’ work
  • presenting your work
  • gathering and learning from feedback
  • Q&A and FAQs

Online training schedule - each module approximately 60 minutes

Module 1 - 9 April 2018 - 09:00 GMT
Module 2 - 16 April 2108 - 09:00 GMT
Module 3 - 23 April 2018 - 09:00 GMT
Module 4 - 30 April 2018 - 09:00 GMT


    Single module fee: £99 + VAT (available as recordings)
    Full course (4 modules): £235 + VAT (available as recordings)


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    Dr Jamie Cleaver PhD, CEng FIChemE, consultant

    Jamie's background as a lecturer and his extensive experience of chemical engineering employers and the workplace give him a unique perspective as a trainer and facilitator of non-technical skills for chemical engineers.

    He has a strong technical background, with a first degree in chemical engineering from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. After his PhD he followed a natural path into academic research and spent 16 years lecturing chemical engineering at the University of Surrey. 

    Through coordinating the professional training placement scheme for chemical engineering students, he was able to see first-hand the huge potential benefit to individuals and organisations that could be achieved by professional skills training, and identify the specific skills required. 

    His skills training is enhanced by direct experience as an employee with BP, Cargill, Air Products and by several consultancy roles.

    Jamie is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

    "Jamie has proven skill and knowledge sets, which have impacted both myself and colleagues in my company in a positive manner. He comes highly recommended."  UOP

    "I found Jamie to be responsive, proactive, with the strategic understanding to align my business needs with a learning environment. Thoroughly good guy to work with."  SNC-Lavalin

    "Jamie is an engaging and inspirational trainer who works hard to help his delegates realise their potential."  Evolve-Leadteam Ltd

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    CPD Recording InformationFour hours CPD

    Duration (for CPD recording purposes): 1 hour per module

    If you are recording mandatory CPD you should refer to your own regulator’s requirements as recognition of CPD hours may vary.

    New CPD verification process from 2017. IChemE (in line with Engineering Council requirements) will be checking a random sample of Chartered Members’ and Fellows’ CPD records. More details online.

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