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Engineering Communication workshop

Professional engineers are required to write a wide range of documents for operational, managerial, design, and inter-office correspondence purposes—project proposals, business cases, reports, memos, to name only a few. The ability to write clear, concise, informative, and engaging documents is therefore a core skill and often key to career advancement.

Date: December 2, 2014
9am – 5pm
688 Sherbrooke Stree, West
Fee: $545 CAD plus applicable taxes


This one-day workshop will cover general principles and skills in engineering communication that can be transferred to various genres of engineering documents. We will begin by identifying issues and challenges in communicating technical information, and then focus on strategies for creating clarity and cohesion, identifying audience requirements, generating proper flow, and achieving “engineering elegance” in writing. The workshop will also include an in-class analysis of an engineering report: using the general principles and strategies highlighted in the first part of the workshop, participants will work individually and then collaboratively to identify communicative strengths and weaknesses and make suggestions for improvement.

Administering department: The McGill Writing Centre and Career and Professional Development

Who Should Attend

  • Early career professional engineers
  • Mid- and late-career engineers seeking to upgrade their written communication skills


  • Develop a clear understanding of the professional writing context for engineers
  • Understand the importance of audience, purpose, organization, and style in effective written communication
  • Develop the ability to analyze and revise documents for clarity, coherence, and flow

Topics Covered

  • The professional writing context for engineers
  • Audience expectations
  • Generic conventions
  • Writing to task: audience, purpose, organization, and style
  • Drafting, editing, and peer-review


Dr. Andrew Churchill obtained his doctorate in education from McGill University in 2011. He also has an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.  He has extensive experience writing in a variety of professional contexts including: editing two books, developing strategic plans, writing white papers, and creating marketing materials.  For the past six years he has taught communication in Engineering, a required course for McGill undergraduate students focused on developing professional writing skills.                  

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

mwc [at] mcgill [dot] ca


pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca