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D WIGHT Y OAKAM 100 Vista Court | Raleigh, NC 27516 | (919) 555-8555 | [email protected] To: David Covington, Ph.D., Chair of the Professional Writing Committee From: Dwight Yoakam, Electrical Engineering Student, Junior, NCSU Subject: Professional Writing Course Update: Mechanical Engineering Date: February 22, 2013 Xc: Julia Helo Gonzalez, Professor of English 331, NCSU Attch: Communication in the Workplace Survey (Attachment A) Reference (Attachment B) Honor Pledge (Attachment C) At North Carolina State University, the Professional Writing Committee in the English Department prepares students for the writing that will be used in the workplace after graduation. The Committee needs up-to-date information about the writing in different workplaces in order to best prepare students for their future careers. The purpose of this report is to help the committee gather information about professional writing and keep the course materials are up to date. In interviewed a professional mechanical engineer to find out about the communication he does in the workplace. Based on my findings, I believe that the curriculum should be revised to include a collaborative assignment that involves writing technical specifications. In the following report, I will discuss the methods that I used to gather the information, the results from both the interview and the survey as they relate to written and oral communication, and my conclusions and recommenations. Mehodology: Phone Survey with an Electrical Engineer I interviewed an electrical engineer, Chuck Norris, who deals with professional writing on a regular basis. Chuck works for a large, international engineering company in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The phone interview consisted of questions that would quantify and qualify the communicating that he does on the job: I asked five questions during our interview (listed below), and I had the interview subject complete a brief written survey, as well (see Attachment A). 1. What types of documents do you write? 2. Why do people read what you write?
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Communication in the Electrical Engineering Workplace Page 2 of 10 February 22, 2013 3. How did you learn to do the writing you have to do in your work – on the job, workplace training, college course, etc.? 4. In what ways has technology changed the way you communicate at work, especially over the past five years? 5. Please describe any examples of the consequences of effective or ineffective writing within your organization The results are very interesting. He has to do quite a bit of writing for someone who is in a technology/science based career. This Professional Writing Committee will be able to use this information to prepare students desiring to go into an engineering career. I will discuss this later in the report.
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