Plain Language in Engineering

Utilizing plain language in the field of engineering is essential.  Similar to other professions, engineers deal with a high level of vocabulary and words that other professions will never see in their lifetime.  To communicate between engineers, we maintain this high level of communication to ensure clarity and understanding. Engineers frequently have to discuss this high-level information with people that don’t know or understand the engineering language, however. Plain language is the only possible form of communication to use in these situations. We must use relatable words and other plain language techniques to present our ideas and situations to our superiors and the public. A good engineer is capable of both types of communication. An engineer that can’t communicate the important information they work with to non-engineers is fairly useless to employers. This makes the use and understanding of plain language a requirement in the engineering field.

Andrew Coco

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