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Technical Writing for Environmental Engineers by Emily Coolidge Toker, Joan Giblin

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CHAPTER 6

PROOFREADING

Focus: How to ensure your work is professionally presented.

Engineers proofread their schematics, double check diagrams, and confirm data before presenting results. Engineers should apply the same quality of attention to writing technical documents. Technical documentation needs to be precise and accurate; virtually no one can achieve perfection on the first try. It takes time to select the correct word, to ensure that a phrase conveys the intended meaning, and to create a narrative that flows well. In writing, descriptions and explanations that may initially appear clear will appear unclear in subsequent readings.

More importantly, technical documents are the formal representation of an engineer’s work and professionalism. ...

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