Perspectives: Field Notes

Make Your Message Clear and Concise

Some common errors plague writing done by many engineers.

By Dirk Willard, Contributing Editor

“How to write good” made me laugh until I heard an engineer from Texas say it, believing that was correct English. The phrase should be “How to write well.” Thankfully, you understand that, right?

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Do Your Level Best

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Watch Out When Job Hunting

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Size Pumps Like a Pro

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Use Ergonomics To Improve Safety

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Expand Your Plant Not Your Problems

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05/10/2010

Treat Rules of Thumb Right When Measuring

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Take the Write Steps for Career Advancement

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Learn Office Politics

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Safety Statistics Can Get You into a Scrape

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Properly Estimate Engineering Hours

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Don’t Gamble With LOTO

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Field Notes: Strive for a Surveyor’s Eye

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