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Writing for Engineering

If you are studying engineering and need to write assignments, essays, etc., then these pages can help!

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Engineering is a broad discipline that includes many specialisations such as electrical, civil, aeronautical and mechanical engineering. All involve the application of scientific principles to design and implement systems and machines for diverse purposes.

To write assignments about engineering, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to engineering go to this page::

Engineering Vocabulary

Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In engineering, you will probably write: 

  • Methodology Recounts, where you practise recording experimental findings by describing your methodology
  • Case Studies, where you demonstrate understanding of a real-life situation
  • Critiques, where you evaluate something you've studied from the perspective of your discipline
  • Design Specifications, where you design a product or procedure that could be manufactured or implemented.

Each of these genres has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about these genres, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it.

If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all engineering courses are the same and they might include assignments in different genres from the four typical ones above.