Short Courses

Writing Winning Technical Documents

Learn how to write clear and accurate technical documents that stand out in a competitive environment.

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Learn how to write clear and accurate technical documents that stand out in a competitive environment.

As an engineer, you need to deliver clear and concise reports, tenders, specifications, proposals and other valuable documents on behalf of your firm. To do this, you need to know how to tailor documents for different audiences.

This course will help you improve your technical writing skills. You'll get practical writing tasks to help you turn theory into practice. You'll also work in-depth on a sample of your own writing, which you'll submit before the course.

After completing this course, you'll know how to:

  • tailor your writing to suit different audiences
  • prioritise and categorise information
  • use writing techniques to create clear, consistent and engaging documents.

Complete this course as part of the Emerging Engineers Leadership Program

Build the skills you need to practice independently, apply for more senior roles and prepare for Chartered status through the Emerging Engineers Leadership Program.

EA members

EA members get 15% off on selected workshops and training. Not a member? Sign up now

*1% credit card surcharge applies.

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8 Hours
Location & dates
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25 June - 26 June

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30 July - 31 July

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27 August - 28 August

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24 September - 25 September

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29 October - 30 October

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26 November - 27 November

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9 July - 10 July

Professional Skills

3 September - 4 September

Professional Skills

3 December - 4 December

Additional Information

This online course will run on the following dates:

25 & 26 June 2024, 9am – 1pm AEST

9 & 10 July 2024, 9am – 1pm AEST

30 & 31 July 2024, 1pm – 5pm AEST

27 & 28 August 2024, 9am – 1pm AEST

3 & 4 September 2024, 1pm – 5pm AEST

24 & 25 September 2024, 1pm – 5pm AEST

29 & 30 October 2024, 9am – 1pm AEDT

26 & 27 November 2024, 1pm – 5pm AEDT

3 & 4 December 2024, 9am – 1pm AEDT


Registrations close three business days before the start of each session.

EA members

EA members get 15% off on selected workshops and training. Not a member? Sign up now

*1% credit card surcharge applies.

Any questions?

1 Day
Additional Information

Please register at least two weeks before the scheduled course start date.

We can customise this course for groups of six or more.

You choose the time, place, duration and format.

Find out how we can help you and your team by clicking on the button below to request a quote or calling us directly on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • Produce clear and effective technical documents
  • Reduce your writing time
  • Keep readers engaged in complex documents
  • Minimise risk by avoiding ambiguity and removing potentially costly errors
  • Maximise credibility as a writer by producing professional-quality documents
  • Use writing processes to efficiently produce useful documents
  • Analyse the audience's needs and interests, and select, prioritise and organise information accordingly
  • Write with more clarity and impact
  • Apply plain English principles
  • Optimise layout elements to make documents easier to use and understand
  • Review documents strategically to maximise their practicality
  • Apply quality control measures to ensure documents are consistent and error-free
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course will benefit you most if you are a graduate, early-career, or mid-career engineer. 

It will help you to develop the writing skills to develop consistent, clear and concise technical documents (such as technical reports and specifications). 

For senior engineers and leaders who need to develop their business writing skills, see Business Writing for Engineers


You'll need to submit a sample writing piece before the course begins. You'll refer to this piece throughout the course.

Topics we'll cover


  • Key steps involved in writing effective technical documents

Analyse audience and purpose

  • Tailor written copy to suit different audiences - both technical and non-technical
  • Find and use the appropriate tone for your audience
  • Appreciate the importance of clearly articulating your document's purpose

Organise information

  • Apply planning methods to prioritise and categorise information.
  • Use these methods to make insightful decisions about relevance and appropriate level of detail.
  • Provide ‘signposts’ to keep your audience on track in complex documents.

Write with clarity and impact

  • Create clear and concise technical documents
  • Demonstrate the flexibility of writing for different audiences, from experts to non-experts
  • Use a readability tool on your own document
  • Write effective paragraphs and well-constructed sentences
  • Use words that avoid confusion and ambiguity
  • Understand the relevance of correct grammar and punctuation

Optimise layout

  • Understand the impact of professional-looking documents
  • Achieve a consistent, clear and uncluttered look to technical documents
  • Provide appropriate numbering systems for long documents
  • Use current standards for using graphics in text

Review and proofread for quality

  • Review participants’ sample documents, including reports, tenders, specifications, correspondence or emails
  • Apply professional editing and proofreading techniques
Towards chartered

Towards chartered

Take this course to build skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

8. Communication
13. Local engineering knowledge
14. Problem analysis

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee you a competency. However, you will gain the base knowledge you need to develop these specific Chartered competencies.

Coleen Howe
Christine Misso

Great to participate in the discussions and use the knowledge gained to assess my own work.  Learning from an experienced person who does document reviews for a living was most beneficial.


Excellent course, I can use these skills immediately and critically.


Use of the whiteboards via the web cam that made it feel as if we were in the classroom together. The facilitator also had a really good presence delivering the course and I feel really connected with the participants. 

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