23 August 2016

Engineering writing – Contribute your views now


Based on conversations with colleagues in AUT’s School of Engineering, Dr Lynn Grant and Associate Professor Pat Strauss from the School of Language and Culture, have identified that some concern exists about whether New Zealand engineering students are adequately prepared for the kinds of writing they are likely do in future jobs. To better understand and quantify the issue, an online survey is being undertaken as a first stage. A link to an anonymous questionnaire has been sent to engineering lecturers and a link to a different questionnaire sent to engineering students at universities throughout New Zealand.

To gain a broader perspective on the issues of writing for engineering, Dr Grant and Dr Strauss are keenly aware that it is critical to include the views of practicing professional engineers. Those who are involved with and understand the day-to-day writing demands placed on themselves and their colleagues, are best placed to identify whether the university education is adequately meeting the sector’s need. The results of the study will inform any further work and contribute to engineering education in the future. IPENZ is therefore encouraging members to complete the anonymous survey which should only take about 5–10 minutes to complete.

The survey can only be completed once and will be open for a few months to ensure input is gathered from as many professional engineers as possible.

If you have any questions, contact Dr Lynn Grant, School of Language and Culture, Auckland University of Technology, e: lynn.grant@aut.ac.nz, p: 09 921 9999 x6826.

Take the survey