Plain Language in Industrial & Systems Engineering

Plain language is designed for documents such as technical descriptions, instructions, and activity reports. Industrial and systems engineers have a wide variety of tasks that are assigned to them. Some of these might include written, pictorial, or video instructions. In my experience as an engineering intern, I have had the opportunity to work closely with the quality department. When you are producing a wide variety of products for a variety of customers, it is important that the specifications for each tasks are clearly written. When it comes to instructions, there are a lot of things that you must remind an operator to do, as well as not to do. Keeping instructions short and precise will ensure that the operator does not miss an important set of instructions. In addition, it is important to use language consistently, even if some words can be interchangeable. An operator should not have to question whether or not he or she is using the right tool or doing the task correctly.

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