At the beginning of this course, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what Technical Communication was. However, I was wrong in my thinking that “technical” restricted it to engineering and other technology-related fields. Since then I have realized that the techniques we have been learning can be applied to any document or even speech in which there is communication between two or more individuals. The topic that has stood out the most to me is identifying the reader or audience. I’ve chosen this topic simply because your decisions on just about everything else, from organizational structure to tone to even the form of communication utilized, stem from who your intended audience is. Like we saw with our gold and silver bad sales letter example, a document which does not properly suit its audience might as well never be created. After this course, I plan on taking more time before beginning communications to figure out exactly who my audience is and how to best suit their needs.
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I feel as though one of the topics that we’ve covered in class that has changed the way I approach my work is Inforgraphics. Graphics are the pictures in technical communication: drawings, maps, photographs, diagrams, and tables. An infograph can be considered as a visual representation of information. Infographics help explain information in an easier way. Instead of having to write out every part of a machine, a picture of the machine with parts labeled will help the audience better understand the information. If the writer just writes out the information of parts, the audience will have to use their imagination to see where the part would lie on the machine. Whereas if there was a diagram of the machine that is labeled, the audience could understand what the writing is saying, and be able to see the part in the diagram. This will clarify information to the audience. Lastly, infographcis help with the idea of how to express information. Sometimes creating a table with information is better than writing out a list, or a diagram would help express information better than a photograph. This topic will help me in the future to understand how, as an engineer, to express information to a certain audience. It all depends on who the audience is, to determine how to express the infograph. You don’t need every equation shown to a customer to describe how the product works. Instead, a picture or diagram of the product with step-by-step instructions will explain the information to a customer must easier than the equations used to determine the product.
One of the topics that we covered in class that is most likely to stick with me through my college career was the topic of infographics. I found out not only what infographics can be used for and how to use them, but to actually create them myself. I tried various infographic templates to produce the ideal infographic, that still I could not come up with. I learned how things can work in your mind, but not in reality, exactly like mechanical engineering technology. Things can work perfectly in your mind but when you try and manufacture that part or mechanism, it might not work. And just like the infographic you have to just take a step back and approach it from a different angle until it is satisfactory. I plan on using infographics for future presentations and to show group members data I’ve found or collected as well. I think that learning how to produce infographics was one of the most beneficial topics we covered in this class.
Throughout this semester in Technical Effective Communications we have covered many topics relating to how to form and write a professional document or piece. One topic that has stood out to me is the use and importance of infographics. Infographics are used to help explain or show an idea without the use of lots of words but instead uses graphics and images to get a point across. Which can be more eye appealing to the audience and keep them engaged. Learning about infographics has changed the way i approach my work because it teaches me that writing a proposal or having an writing presentation is not the only way to display a set of information. Instead you can use a group of pictures, graphs or charts designed in an organized and easy to read layout. The graphics are able to tell a story of its own for a minimum amount of words.
Being a mechanical engineering technology student , I will use what i have learned for future experiences at work, by helping me with giving presentations, or proposals that i may have to give at work, either to a boss of mine or just to other coworkers. Since mechanical engineers design products and mechanisms that can be manufactured and produced. So by being able to know how to display the information that i have proposed in an professional manner in a work area, will help me get a better job and succeed in the business world.
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