Technical Communication for Engineers

Starting 13 January 2015

Presented by Hilary Hart and Leah Guren

Do you know any engineers who might be interested in STC and IEEE’s newest online course, Technical Communication for Engineers? If so, let them know about this!

The ability to communicate technical information effectively is important for all engineers. Specifically, technical communication is valuable to engineers for two reasons:

  1. Engineers need to be able to explain and document their work. However, these skills are seldom covered in enough depth in engineering programs and most engineering programs do not cover writing skills from the perspective of a technical communicator.
  2. There is a shortage of technical communicators with a strong engineering background; that makes this a lucrative and attractive career for some engineers.

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"Technical Communication for Engineers", beginning 13 January 2015, offers a fast and effective entry into the theory and application of technical communication. It is designed specifically for engineers of all ages and backgrounds. The material is presented at the level of a graduate seminar by two experts with extensive experience. This online course combines the best of live lectures (with interactive Q&A) with the convenience of online training. Participants have access to a virtual classroom for handouts, homework submission, and opportunities for collaboration with fellow students.

To put it simply, this is a can’t-miss opportunity for engineers.
As an added bonus, IEEE members can take the course at the discounted STC member price of $595.


13 January-17 March 2015
11:00 AM-12:15 PM EST (GMT-5, GMT-4 after 8 March)


To obtain the certificate, participants must log in for each of the sessions.

$595 Member / $995 Not Yet Member / $295 Student Member
Note: Cost is transferable but is not refundable

For questions about registering for this course, please contact Cheryl Miller at 1-571-366-1914. IEEE members can register at the STC member price when they register with a special promo code—ask for more details!

Zen and the Art of Negotiation

Register through the IEEE site by October 6, 2009.
Cost: $10 cash (includes dinner) for IEEE or STC members; $15 for guests. This event is sponsored by the IEEE Professional Communication Society, the IEEE Technical Management Council, and the Society for Technical Communication (Washington/Northern Virginia/Baltimore Chapters). For more information, please contact Hugh Owen at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Speaker: Phil Marcus, The Negotiation Pro

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Negotiation skills courses these days fall in two categories. The better ones teach working with the negotiation partner to find a solution that satisfies both sides’ needs. That is good, but it does not reach the issue of negotiation partners who use tricks and tactics to manipulate and intimidate.

Other courses teach how to use and parry those tricks, but not how to make a deal good for the long run. And few if any negotiation courses deal with the anxiety that many people have when sitting down at a bargaining table.

What people need is training that responds to all these problems.

Zen and the Art of Negotiation℠ is my proprietary course where participants learn:

  • What is a sustainable deal, why it is important, and how to achieve it.
  • How to use elements of the Zen philosophy to relieve anxiety and focus clearly on making a good bargain, by finding Your Zen Space℠ (a unique course feature).
  • How to cope with bargaining tricks and tactics.
  • How to negotiate with bullies and nutcases.

Building: Capitol College Telecommunications Hall
Room Number: 244
11301 Springfield Rd
Laurel, Maryland
United States 20708

From I-95, take the B-W Pkwy. (Exit 22, N) to the Powder Mill Road Exit. Turn left (west toward Beltsville) on Powder Mill Rd, then take the first right onto Springfield Rd. Go approx. 1 mile to the campus on the right. The meeting is in the buiding to the right at the end of the driveway.

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