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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 157 reviews

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  • 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.
  • 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

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you very much for all the videos, links, Excel and PDF documents that you have shared throughout the course with the students. Excellent share document report writing checklist!

    The six weeks course has been very interesting, constructive, some parts a bit complicated (technical language) remembering equations, mathematics, arithmetic and others! Everything learned is what I was looking for and needed to understand some technical parts of the technical report of the Engineers. I hope to apply it soon in my work in the Automotive sector.
  • Anonymous
    This is a must do course for tech writers. It teaches all you need to be able to produce a 10 or more section report. It'll also guide you away from easy mistakes by giving lots of exercises to do. Plus you get to keep all of the material presented, either by copying or downloading it or, if you've paid for unlimited, by having access to the course for as long as it runs on Future Learn.
  • 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
    The course is well presented with nuggets from other engineers already working in the field. in addition to the course material presented, you will also benefit from the discussion points from other learners. I highly recommend this course for junior engineers and as a refresher to the experienced engineer.
  • 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...
  • Thank you for offering this course. I highly recommend this course for Engineers, Scientists, Physicists and everyone who wants to improve their report writing skills. Friendly tutorial with great tips and useful tools. Kudos to the Team at University of Sheffield.
  • 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
    I loved the course.
    Reinforce what is known and teach new things. Everything very well explained and easy to understand. Thanks to the teachers and teachers for their dedication. Greetings from Colombia.
  • 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

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Today I completed this course. I had learn many things step by step about , technical report writing. so I am proudly recommended this course not only the biginers also the skilled engineers. thank you very much for the university of Sheffield engineering departmant.

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