Technical report writing course - On-site

Email: Tony Atherton

Phone: 07976-390960

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One-day. Up to 12 delegates from your organisation at your premises.

This technical report writing course is presented at your premises by a retired C.Eng, published writer and professional trainer with a long career in the engineering industry. Tony has presented it over 200 times so far to clients including HSE, Raytheon, Panasonic, Southern Water, Pilkington Glass and many others.

Technical reports are your "product". They are important in many ways and can affect your organisation's reputation so you should make them as easy possible for your intended readers to understand. Writing for the reader is the 'Golden Rule' whoever they are and whatever their level of technical understanding - and however complex the work you are reporting.

"Excellent all round - Thanks".

COURSE AIM - Technical Report Writing Course

To help delegates to write shorter and better technical reports and to write them faster - and make it easier for line managers to check and approve them.

COURSE CONTENT - Technical Report Writing Course


  • Technical reports - their importance and problems.
  • Differences between good and poor technical reports.
  • Writing for readers with different levels of technical understanding.
  • Triple goals: better, faster and shorter.
  • A methodical approach - Plan, Write, Edit.

  • Planning technical reports - agreeing the purpose or terms of reference.
  • Your readers - who are they, why do they want this report, their technical understanding?
  • How much detail to include, how much jargon?
  • Who reads what?
  • Formatting a technical report, section by section.
  • Conventional formats.
  • Structuring complex arguments and complicated information.
  • Planning illustrations and tables from the start.
  • Dealing with information only a few need.
  • Using appendices.
  • Planning down to paragraph level when necessary.

  • Going from plan to draft.
  • Determining style.
  • Using plain English in technical report writing.
  • Verb tenses.
  • When technical jargon is appropriate and when it isn't.
  • Controlling paragraph and sentence lengths.
  • Numbers with SI units, bullet points, numbering systems, citations and references, etc.

  • Going from draft to finished report.
  • Ensuring your technical report is clear, concise and correct.
  • Plain English.
  • Active and passive verbs in technical reports.
  • 'Smothered verbs' in technical reports.
  • Eliminating waffle.
  • Some troublesome points of English grammar and style.
  • Using the Microsoft grammar and style checkers.
  • Using the Microsoft readability statistics.
  • Captions for illustrations and tables.
  • Punctuation problems - reference list.

WHO IS IT FOR? - Technical Report Writing Course

The course is mainly for engineers and technicians who need to write reports for either internal or external readers. It is popular with engineering consultancies.

IS THERE A TRACK RECORD? - Technical Report Writing Course

Tony presented the course for the first time on 7 Feb 2001 for a group of optical engineers. Whilst writing good technical reports can be difficult, this technical report writing course has made the task easier for around 2000 engineers. It's made checking and approving reports quicker and easier for their managers, and made reading them easier for their clients.

The course has been presented over 200 times including at the following organisations as well as many others:

  • BP Castrol
  • EDF Energy
  • E.ON
  • Health & Safety Laboratory
  • Health & Safety Executive
  • L3T - Crawley
  • MOD
  • Mouchel
  • Panasonic
  • Pilkington Glass
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Raytheon
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratories
  • SIRA
  • Southern Water
  • STC Defence
  • TES Aviation
  • Thales
  • Ultra Electronics
  • Wardell Armstrong


    Please email or phone for a quotation. Email direct to Tony Atherton or phone 07976-390960.


    The training style is very interactive and uses talks, examples, discussions, group and individual work in a mix that is as appropriate as possible to the delegates. We will need to discuss your priorities with you before your course, which may mean your course is slightly different from the details above.

    A substantial handbook combining course notes and reference material is given to every delegate.


    Tony's engineering background has been crucial in ensuring the success of this course. He is also a published writer with four books and around 90 articles to his name.

    He has trained thousands of delegates from blue-chip organisations - both independently and on behalf of large training companies including the former Institute of Management, Reed Learning, Fielden-Cegos and Right-Coutts. He has also inspected government-funded training on behalf of the Training Standards Council and the Adult Learning Inspectorate (now part of Ofsted).


    • One of the most enjoyable courses I have attended.
    • The Managing Partner stopped me (Training Manager) to say, "well done on the technical report writing course." That is high praise indeed so thank you for doing such a great job.
    • The feedback was all very positive and all the guys have taken something from the course. Two of the engineers even went back and looked back at their reports with a view to rewriting them.
    • The course was very useful and enjoyable. Very informative, good notes to take away.
    • You'll be pleased to know we are regularly benefitting from the (technical report writing) training you provided (six months ago).
    • We are still seeing a good payback from the Technical Report writing training you delivered across the business - reports continue to be generated and the formatting, design and presentation of the reports is of an excellent standard.
    • Thank you very much for the technical report writing course. All the feedback I've had so far has been very positive and there was genuine enthusiasm from most of them which is quite unusual as they can be quite a cynical bunch!
    • Very useful and relevant to the way we write reports on the computer.
    • Informative, very useful and will give me confidence in technical report writing.
    • Interactive - everyone's ideas made it more enjoyable.
    • The course was well received and very quickly assimilated by all of us - a lot of the tips and tools are now second nature.
    • The trainer came across very well, I thought, and the material he provided was very good. It has made me realise that there is more to report writing than it looks.
    • Learnt a lot, will help when writing a technical report - definitely.
    • Very useful on all aspects of report writing.
    • I'm actually using quite a bit of the information and tips we gained from Mr Atherton. I am now more aware of the layout of my reports when I put them together and the effect this can have on the reader. More than anything though I think I am planning more! Something that Mr Atherton put across as being very important. This planning has saved me time in the long run and has meant that I now feel more confident when handing over my reports to QA for final approval.

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    E-mail direct to Tony Atherton

    Phone 07976-390960

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    Technical Report Writing course details: Updated 17 Jan 2019