Introduction to Communications for Engineering Technicians Unit
The ability to communicate effectively is an essential skill in all aspects of life. For example, the usual methods of communication – speaking, reading and writing. These receive considerable attention and learning time during all stages of education. Therefore, these skills are of no less importance to engineers. Rathermore, further complications with the need to also convey technical information such as scale, perspective and standards of working. As such, the Communications for Engineering Technicians Unit will cover these aspects.
The drive towards greater use of information and communication technology (ICT) is very much a part of modern life and this again is certainly the case for engineering. As such, the engineering industry is in the front line of working towards paperless communication methods, for example, the electronic transfer of data from the concept designer straight to the point of manufacture.
What’s covered in the Communications for Engineering Technicians Unit?
This Communications for Engineering Technicians unit will give a foundation for employment in a wide range of engineering disciplines (for example manufacturing, maintenance, communications technology). In addition, giving a foundation for further study. Furthermore, the unit develop learners’ ability to communicate using a diverse range of methods. These include visual methods, such as drawing and sketching, and computer-based methods. In addition, this includes two-dimensional (2D) computer-aided design (CAD) and graphical illustration packages. It will also develop learners’ ability to write and speak in a framework of technology-based activities. Furthermore, using relevant and accurate technical language appropriate to the task and the audience.
Additionally, the unit will introduce learners to a variety of skills and techniques to obtain and use information, for example the presentation of technical reports, business and technical data and the use of visual aids for presentations. Learners will consider how to make best use of ICT in technological settings that are relevant to their programme of study or area of employment. For further information, please visit here.
On completion of this unit a learner should:
- Be able to interpret and use engineering sketches/circuit/network diagrams to communicate technical information
- Be able to use verbal and written communication skills in engineering settings
- Be able to obtain and use engineering information
- Be able to use information and communication technology (ICT) to present information in engineering settings.