What I Have Learned in Technical Communication

One of the most significant topics in my opinion that we have covered in the Technical Communication class was design principles. Although many would believe designing documents is arbitrary and not significant in the grand scheme of the effectiveness of the document, this is not the case. A document is greatly influenced by how it is designed. For example, a single document could be designed many different ways to appeal to different audiences. An audience that does not have a high education would not bother reading a document with an abundance of large and complicated words. This audience instead would be subject to a more topic and answer based document which may be easier to read. This type of document is concise while a Technical Memo for your boss may be longer and use more technical terms. Design elements such as proximity, alignment, repetition, and contrast allow documents to be better organized and therefore more effective to their specific audience.

In the Mechanical Engineering field document design is of the utmost importance. Technical documents are commonly created by Engineers to present new technology to the public and the company the Engineer is working for. Due to the broad audience of Engineering documents I must be able to not only write, but also design each and every document specific to the audience and their culture. In doing so many confusions such as language and cultural ethics can be avoided while also providing the needed information clearly and concisely to all consumers.

By Troy Giberson

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United States Oil Production Infographic

Giberson Map Final

This infographic was created to enhance the significance and importance of United States Oil Production. United States Oil production is minimal in accordance with the world total as shown while the specific state totals are also shown.

-Troy Giberson

Tech Comm Infographic

Underwater Tidal Power

Tidal power is a new power developed by mechanical engineers. Based on the change in sea levels caused by the gravitational effects of the moon, combined with the Earth’s rotation allows power to be to be generated. The power created is created in power plants that consist of tidal fences, barrage tidal plants, and tidal turbines. Although these power plants vary slightly in setup the newest generation of underwater turbines are on either a horizontal or vertical axis. These use the kinetic energy of the tides along with the potential energy of the rise and fall of the sea level. These new turbines are projected to generate the same amount of power as three nuclear power plants. Although this new technology seems to be the new solution to the energy issues of the world, these farms are expensive to build and more expensive to maintain over time. This summation of an article on mechanical engineering blog presented no author.

By Troy Giberson

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Tech Comm. Leading Technical Communication

In the article “When Your People Go their Own Way”  by Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin the concept of being a good leader when people are going their own way is covered. When working in groups everything does not always go right as planned. If it were this easy everyone would love working in groups and no leaders would be needed. But this isn’t how a team works and leaders are needed. How though is a leader supposed to lead when everyone goes their own direction? This is a great question covered in the article. The main reason individuals go their own way is because they are human and humans tend to stray their own way instead of your way. Instead of allowing teams to fall apart a few concepts should be looked at to determine the problem. First, maybe you didn’t communicate the goals or objectives of the project and therefore the individuals are unclear of the direction in which they are supposed to progress. Next, maybe you need to give them space and allow them to things their own way. Many great ideas are made this way because everyone be creative in their own sense instead of one key idea from the group. Finally, maybe it’s time to let them go. Not all individuals are meant to work in groups, some are meant to find their own ideas and create their own solutions to problems instead of working in a team. These issues are generally what make or break a team and should be key concepts when building a team or choosing a leader because even though a team may not work it is not essentially the leaders fault it could be the nature of the team and team members.

By Troy Giberson