Course Content – Technical Writing Basics

Course Content – Technical Writing Basics

Technical Writing Basics

“Wonderful class. It’s extremely rare to have an all day training session that keeps everyone attentive but this class did it.”
— Area Engineer at Citgo

“Maureen is a great instructor.”
— Reliability Engineer

Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
Fall 2024 October 3, 2024 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
8 hrs.
(1 day)
Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
Accepts in-person and virtual attendees


This course provides basic guidance and Best Practices to be followed when creating technical documentation. The background and purpose of technical writing standards will be discussed, as well as the standards themselves. Examples and exercises will be provided and workshopped throughout the course to provide trainees with hands-on experience and practical applications of the standards. Formatting best practices for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documentation will be discussed, along with useful tips and tricks to streamline the documentation process.

  • Course Objectives
  • Purpose of Technical Writing Standards
Documentation Process
  • Understanding Scope
  • Information Sources
  • Stakeholder Input
  • 3-Cs (Coherent, Concise, Consistent)
  • Standardizing Language and Terminology
  • Undocumented equipment
  • Specifying new equipment
  • Templating
  • Enforcement and Alignment of Standards
Writing Style and Mechanics
  • 6 Traits of Writing
  • ⁃ Ideas
    ◦ Scope
    ⁃ Organization
    ◦ Sequencing, Scaffolding, Parallelism
    ⁃ Voice
    ◦ Active Voice, Accurate Language
    ⁃ Word Choice
    ◦ Accurate Wording, Standard Terminology
    ⁃ Sentence Fluency
    ⁃ Mechanics/Conventions
    ◦ Grammar, Punctuation
Document Formatting
  • Word Documents
  • ⁃ Table of Contents
    ⁃ Headings
    ⁃ Spacing and Alignment
    ⁃ Correct Use of Templates
    ⁃ Emphasis
    ⁃ Figures, charts, tables and captions
    ⁃ Footnotes
    ⁃ Documents Header and Footer
  • PowerPoint Slides (optional)
  • ⁃ Consistency in Headings
    ⁃ Consistency in font sizes
    ⁃ Use of images
    ⁃ Tables
    ⁃ SmartArt
    ⁃ Layout and templating
    ⁃ Master View and Handout View
Tips & Tricks
  • Shortcuts
  • Helpful tips
  • Q&A
Who Should Attend:
This course is suitable for anyone who works with documentation and reporting in the oil & gas industry, including non-technical personnel, operations and maintenance personnel, and engineers.
Maureen Brody
Maureen Brody has over 10 years of experience in professional and technical writing, analysis, and project management. Her extensive research and writing experience spans a variety of fields, including market research, training program development, and the creation of knowledge transfer materials. As a former teacher, she brings superior skills in curriculum development, project management, program development, customer engagement, and communications, as well as a healthy dose of patience! Her creativity, as well as attention to detail, are major assets in the development of training materials, technical documents, and assessments. Maureen’s experience includes pharmaceuticals and consumer packaged goods, oil & gas, education, and non-profits. Maureen holds a BA in English from Pennsylvania State University.

Becht offers the following discounts on Public Training:

The highest applicable discount will be applied; discounts are not additive.

  1. Early Registration – A 10% discount is to be provided when you register 30 days before the start date of the training.
  2. Group Rate – A group discount is applied when you send three or more people from your organization to the same course and provide a single payment.
  3. No. of Registrants Discount/Person
    3 10%
    4 – 6 20%
    7 and up 25%
  4. Yearly Commitment Discount – A 25% discount when you prepay for a minimum of 10 participants from your organization to any of the courses in the same year.

Cancellation Policy:
Full refunds or course transfers are available 4 weeks prior to the class start date. Cancellations 2-4 weeks out are eligible for course transfers or a refund of 60% of the registration fee. Cancellations within 2 weeks of the class will not be eligible for a refund. For any inquiries, please email

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