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The University of Sheffield

Technical Report Writing for Engineers

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn


Learn to communicate effectively through technical report writing

Technical reports are a vital tool for engineers to communicate their ideas. This online course introduces technical report writing and teaches the techniques you need to construct well-written engineering reports.

Each week, we’ll look at a key section of a technical report and the skills needed to write it. You’ll cover areas such as referencing and citations; presenting equations; diagrams and data; and using language and tenses correctly.

We’ll also talk to practising engineers, as well as students and educators who write and mark technical reports, who’ll give their hands-on advice.

This course is designed for both student and professional engineers. It will teach you the technical report writing skills you need to tackle everything from a two-page document to a PhD thesis. As such, it will be applicable for the entirety of your engineering degree or career.

Taught by

Andrew Garrard


4.9 rating, based on 163 Class Central reviews

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  • I am indeed glad to have been a participant in this series and the lessons learned as quite invaluable to my career and self-improvement as a professional in the built-environment. Furthermore, I am also now more knowledgeable in the writing of technical reports than I was at the beginning of this course..
  • It is very concise and relateable course to my field. I found it very helpful as I was about to start writing a new report and it will help me to inject all these tips professionally.
  • Anonymous
    As a student, Technical Report Writing for Engineers has made me appreciate the importance of professional technical report writing and its value to any organisation. Where I used to approach technical reports as any other essay, I now understand how the etiquette involved that sets an engineering technical report from other documents. I am eager to apply what I have learnt as a guide when writing future papers and am grateful to have come across this resource-packed course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    As I have already written a report for my undergraduate Final Year Project, I thought the report as ideal & free from mistakes, now after learning this course, it is realized that there were many deficiencies & mistakes in my report, so much important...
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this course. The language in which everything is written is easy to follow and simple, which makes it easy to understand. Personally though, after 4 weeks, I left the course alone for a while because I didn't find it as interesting. I think this might be due to how sometimes there was a lot of repetition or the fact that not much of it is interactive. I'm not sure how to solve the interactivity issue though, which is why I can't really give any useful feedback. Thank you so much for this great opportunity!
  • Anonymous
    No knowledge is wasteful, I wish I had come across this before embarking on my underground project work. Not that it was rocket science, but this course explains it in the simplest terms possible with pictures, quizes and short powerful videos that make the course a whole lot interesting to learn.
    And a little secret, due to how easy it was to Learn this course, I finished the 6weeks course in 3days
  • Mbata Wisdom completed this course.

    The course is very resourceful, learners friendly. So many guidelines and expert advice. Had great materials following instructions given making study much easier. Every bit of technical report writing was well address with supplementary information that...
  • Anonymous
    This is one of the best thing that has happened to me during this period. The course spoon fed me how to write a great, concise, masterpiece and professional technical report from front matter all the way to appendices. The advise given and the materials shared are invaluable.

    The educators are so fluent and straight forward. Thanks to you all and to the University of Sheffield.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course took a very well structured look at how university and research-level reports should be structured, written, and presented. While the exact structure given is not automatically applicable to engineering reports written in industry or professional...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As addressing the accurate report is part of the Engineers responsibility this course included the most important Technics which should be implemented during writing a report process and using those Technics could help clarity of the report and provide...
  • Mst. Sharmin Akter

    Mst. Sharmin Akter completed this course.

    Thank you for giving this opportunity because it’s really helpful for me. I am a student of Engineering background. So, technical report writing is the best course for my educational purpose. In this course experts of different technical fields also share...
  • Anonymous
    I found this course really helpful. The information is well organized and explain in a smart and clear way. It revises all the important points in the matter of writing a technical report, and give you tools to write it yourself.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have successfully finished this course and wow what a journey it has been. At first I was a bit hesitant that this course might be very technical, however, it was the entire opposite. It taught me the basics mandatory for a good technical report, starting with the significance of a 'good' technical report.
    I think the beginning week was the crucial one since it highlighted the aftermath of poor communication via bad technical report. The lessons, quizzes are really easily understandable which makes it even more interesting.
    Moreover, the videos of professional Engineers and industrialists motivated me to a great extent on learning all the things necessary for a good report. Like they say, experience speaks for itself.
  • Anonymous
    Great course, wish I did it during University. I now have a Distinction in my Masters degree in Chemical Engineering and I still needed this course. Unfortunate- but fortunate. Better late than never!
  • Anonymous
    I found the course fool of knowledge. knowledge always makes a difference because it mixes the stander with working experience that's what I like about this course.
  • Anonymous
    I learnt alot from this course which is helpful for my career. I reccomend for more course will offered which is helpful for developing more soft and techincal skills.
  • Anonymous
    This course is extremly helpful for undergraduates with their education and class projects, as well as graduate engineers with their occupation. 100% recommended.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is my first course about writing a technical report for engineers. So, I have taken every bit of information I found in the course and hope to use it for the near future. It was great, outstanding and exceptional course which opened my eyes to what a good technical report is and why does it matter. Let me simplify it for you. At the end of this course you will be able to produce a good report and you will have a checklist to make sure what you have produced is perfect. You will also gain other important knowledge throughout the course such as referencing, access to a database from The University of Sheffield to search a background for your topic and much more.
  • Anonymous
    Very well structured, detailed, and very easy to understand supported by good live examples and effective teaching
  • Usman Yahaya

    Usman Yahaya completed this course.

    I have being writing technical reports not knowing I have done a lot of mistake in the reports, with the help of this class I learned about my mistakes and also how I would improve on my report writing. The class was very motivating as I'm telling you now, I garnered a lot of things and I have a skills for writing effective technical report. I urge those that did not participate in the class that they should register and attained through in the class whether you know how to write the report or not, I believe you must see your mistakes. Lastly, I thank all my instructors who guide me through. I thank Sheffield University!

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