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Engineering Communication

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: TBA
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: McGill downtown campus
Fee: $595 CAD plus applicable taxes
Alumni fee: $506 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           

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing to pd.conted [at]
Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received up to 14 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
No Refunds are issued if your cancellation request is received within 7 days of the start date of the workshop, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.
Please note that 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

pd.conted [at]

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