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Engineering Guide: Writing and Professional Development

Writing and academic skills

For in-person help with writing and academic skills, visit a drop-in or book an appointment with a learning adviser (see Further Assistance for links).

Academic Skills Essentials has tip sheets and advice to help you learn how to tackle different kinds of assignments and different stages of assignments.

For advice specific to engineering and technical writing, take a look at the tip sheets and books collected below.

Academic writing tip sheets for engineering

During your engineering degree, you will often be required to submit assessments that require well-developed writing and communication skills. Some of these styles of writing will be unfamiliar to you, or will follow certain conventions in engineering that may be different to how they are written in other fields.

Visit the Communication Skills page for help understanding: 

  • the expectations of these genres of writing,
  • what elements to include,
  • how to structure your writing, and
  • tips for writing, editing, and proofreading effectively.

Developing these skills will serve you will in your future engineering career.

The books below provide additional guidance on how to structure technical writing for different purposes.

Books on writing for engineering

Career development skills

It's never too soon to start thinking about your future career development. Setting goals from your first year of study will help you take advantage of the resources available to you as an ECU student.

If you're just starting out (or even if you've been here for a while), take a look at the checklist below to see how you can best position yourself for success as an engineer after graduation.