Engineers use communication skills
to explain an idea, process, or technical design. They use written,
oral, computers, graphics, and other engineering tools to communicate
to other engineers and management.
Written communication includes technical
writing of journal, texts, and other informational material. It
includes specific, to-the-point details about a topic of mastery
by the author. Other engineers use these texts for continued research
and development because the knowledge gained by one engineer has
been communicated to others.
Oral Communication includes the delivery
of presentations, explaining a design or design process and many
other details that improve meeting coordination and team development.
Graphical communication utilizes the visual
senses and allows for the engineer to explain an idea without using
detailed written reports and oral communication. Graphics is an
extensive discipline that encompasses a large range of topics from
rough preliminary sketches to detailed computer AutoCAD pictorials.
Graphical and visual communication is crucial to all stages of the
The ENGR111/112 curriculum stresses communication skills by allowing
for team interactions of homework, quizzes, and design projects.
The design projects require written communication of preliminary
and final reports and also graphical sketches of the design. An
oral presentation of the problem, design process, and results of
the design process is also a required part of the communication
curriculum (See Design Project).