Unless you work for the CIA this doesn’t usually mean a report about a person and their life and habits. What’s more, we continue to mentor and empower our placements, a key reason Technical Youth develops long-term relationships with your new hires. If you want to get into technical writing, you have to be a keen observer to explain logical problems. Rhetorical skill is still an essential part of technical communication as part of the human communication, connection, and context that Miller, Rutter, and Hughes & Hayhoe describe, but also essential are judgment, abstract reasoning, and problem solving.
For example, if a technical writer writes about a how-to play a DVD player, it needs to be able to be understood by a user as well as a DVD technician, who has advanced knowledge about the device. If technical subjects are the genus, then, TC, Chemistry, and Calculus are species; if calculus is the genus, then differential, integral, and infinitesimal are species. It is important to understand the subject you are going to write about and equally important to know the audience you are writing for.
In fact, the manner in which new technical products and services arrive in the market is through creative thinking of those who work in technical fields. They also provide instruction on writing manuals on technology like kitchen appliances, vacuum systems, medical device manuals, construction equipment and more. If they have had great success with employees that attended one particular college then having that school on your resume will lend you credibility. Rutter described the ideal technical communicator as a wise person who can speak and write well” (p. 22) and contributes usefully” to practical endeavors” (p. 25).
There are technical writers who are graduates of biology and yet write technical papers about machines and software. Technical reviewers will comment specifically on the technical feasibility of your proposal and the technical review will also be forwarded to the Principal Investigator together with the peer reviews as part of the PI response stage, to assist the panel in arriving at its grading decisions. There are also the commerce grads who write about the technicalities of raising farm livestock and so on. So if you look at it, learning technical writing skills doesn’t require you to have a course in the field you want to write about.
You should consider the technical development process from the point of data capture or data creation through to final delivery (in the case of a digital output) or analysis (in the case of a digital process). Diet et al say We are interested, therefore, in what knowledge work looks like, in the shape and function of writing as a type of knowledge work, and in the key differences in this activity as it is located in various domains of life” as they point out no domain of activity owns digitally mediated knowledge work” (p. 432). The primary aim is to promote and ensure growth in all the general technical areas.