Engineers have likened reading this book to looking into a mirror and seeing themselves clearly for the first time. The book throws fresh light on engineers, uncovering new information about them and their work. It was written particularly for those who need a better understanding of what engineers write and say, how they write it, and why. The book would interest: students studying engineering and wondering what to expect after their university courses, those who teach or train engineers, and those working in engineering procurement. It will be especially valuable also for researchers and teachers in the areas of professional and organisational studies, English for Science and Technology and English Language Teaching .
The descriptions centre on design engineers and others who work with them, including support engineers and technical authors. The book is lavishly illustrated with diagrams, authentic text extracts , including some spoken exchanges, and candid observations of engineers who search continually, sometimes in vain, for the best solution to the customer's requirement.