Technical Report Writing

Improve your technical report writing so that you engage readers, clearly communicate your expertise in engineering and technology, and reduce the time needed to produce technical documents.

On this course you will learn how to:

  • write clearly and effectively
  • engage with readers and their needs, while also meeting the report’s objectives
  • structure a report for maximum impact
  • use drafting time more efficiently
  • edit with an eye for errors and improvements that can be made
  • present a report that appears attractive and professional.

Aligned with UK-SPEC competence:

D: Use of effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Course availability

Location Dates Duration Course code
Birmingham 13 - 14 November 2018 2 days TRWKBH

Book now

Book by 13 September for the Early Bird rate

Alternatively, fill in our booking form and return it to pdcourses@theiet.org.

Terms and conditions of booking.


Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £749

Standard £849

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Non-Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £899

Standard £949

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Who should attend

All those aiming to improve their technical writing skills, especially engineers and technical editors.

Course programme

With each course limited to just 12 people, you’ll be able to get your questions answered. Plus the tutor can better tailor training to group needs and provide you with one-to-one feedback on your writing.

A mix of teaching, group exercises and workshops means you can put your learning into practice.

Day 1
Communication via reports
• Identifying the readers of a report and their objectives
• Defining the writer’s/report’s objectives.

Three aspects of reports
Effective use of structure, content and words.

Style and usage in reports
Analysing the content of technical report extracts and suggesting improvements.

Report preparation
Stages of effectively preparing a report.

Report structure, format and presentation
How to structure the component sections of a report.

Day 2
Writing types and their characteristics
We’ll look at other kinds of technical documents. What we look at will depend on group needs, but could include:
• specifications
• business cases
• emails.

Balance and emphasis
Prioritising content, organising into sections and sub-sections and devising headings.

Summary writing
Writing summaries for initial impact.

One-to-one tutorial
Ahead of the course, delegates are invited to submit a short report or technical document they have written (although this is not compulsory). The tutor will review these documents and discuss with delegates individually.

Checking your report
Effective methods for editing and checking documents.

Closing discussion

Course tutors

One of the following tutors will take Technical report writing:

Dr Alex Kerr
Alex has extensive experience in administration, editing and teaching language and communication. He has designed and taught a range of successful programmes for academic and professional bodies, including courses for engineers, surveyors, arbitrators and adjudicators.

As well as being a Member of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators, Alex holds a PhD in Modern Languages.

Dr Lucinda Becker
Lucinda has enjoyed a career as a professional trainer for the last 20 years, working in particular with clients in the technical, engineering and legal professions. Having a doctorate in English, she tutors courses on effective spoken and written communication and management.

As a Teaching Fellow of the University of Reading, she works at the forefront of learning innovation and is committed to the highest quality, most accessible teaching.


"The course was extremely enlightening and very informative. The presenter was excellent and clearly an expert in his field." JW

Train in-company and save

If you would like to book 5 delegates or more on to this course you may benefit from having this course delivered in-company

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