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Dr. Meagan Kittle Autry

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Phone: 919-515-7948
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CE 550 Professional Engineering Communication

3 Credit Hours

Communicating effectively is central to the success of any engineering project and to advance in your engineering career. In this course you will learn principles of writing clearly and effectively for the wide range of communication activities professional engineers must do for a range of audiences. Topics covered include writing reports, writing proposals, delivering presentations, planning and revising writing, providing feedback, and more.

Special Information


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Testimonials from members of Dr. Kittle-Autry’s class last summer:

“Pretty much everything we covered in this class is applicable to the work that I do on a daily basis, and I would highly recommend this class to all engineers.”

“This was a great course—one of the most valuable I have taken during my program so far. I would recommend that everyone take this class.”



Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to produce engineering reports that clearly and concisely communicate results of engineering analyses to the intended audience(s) and achieve the intended goals of the project.
  • Students will be able to identify requests for proposals appropriate for their engineering work and write proposals that persuasively communicate project goals, team qualifications, and appropriate engineering techniques and analyses.
  • Students will be able to identify and implement appropriate visual design techniques for displaying results of engineering analyses.
  • Students will be able to lead teams through the process of producing professional engineering reports, including implementing tools and workflows appropriate to project goals.
  • Students will be able to design and deliver engineering presentations for technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Students will be able to analyze samples of professional engineering documents, critique their effectiveness, and revise to improve the documents.
  • Students will be able to adapt complex technical information and effectively design communication to inform diverse audiences.

Course Topics

  • Effective report writing
  • Writing winning proposals
  • Mechanics and style of engineering writing
  • Designing effective slide decks
  • Delivering strong presentations
  • Providing effective feedback on documents

Course Requirements

Homework 20%
Concept Paper 25%
Report or Proposal Revision 30%
Slide Deck & Presentation 25%

Course Schedule

Unit 0 Course Introduction Week 1
Unit 1 Principles of Effective Writing Weeks 2 – 5
Unit 2 Writing Engineering Reports and Proposals Weeks 6 – 8
Unit 3 Delivering Engineering Presentations Weeks 9 – 10



No textbook purchase is required for this course. All readings will be available online through our Moodle site or open-source textbook.

Computer and Software Requirements

Please review the minimum computer specifications that NC State University and Engineering Online recommend.

Updated: 10/31/2022