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Using Microsoft Word for Engineering Reports

This is an exercise in attempting to demonstrate to students how best to use the features of Microsoft Word 2010 in order to create a professional-looking engineering report (emphasis on the term looking—you are still responsible for the content). This project contains four files:

  • A Word document which demonstrates the best features but which contains reviews and a watermark (both of which can be removed): Report.2010.docx.
  • A pdf of the above document: Report.2010.reviewed.pdf.
  • A pdf of the final report:
  • A template (new as of August 3, 2018) which you can start with, but you must read the above document to make full use of it.

In creating this document, I made every attempt to make sure that anyone using Word 2010 will be able to reproduce the features I am discussing. If you find this is not the case, please contact me with details. If you find corrections or believe you have a better means of preparing documents, please let me know, too, and I will attempt to integrate it. This has recently been updated thanks to feedback from Dr. Bill Bishop regarding the linking of multilevel lists and headings and at the suggestion of an anonymous engineer who phoned me June 26th, 2015.

Disclaimer: These documents are provided as-is and no warranty is made as to the correctness thereof. A student is expected to follow the work-term report guidelines and if there is a difference between the above report and the guidelines, the guidelines take precedence. The author accepts no responsibility for any frustration or failing grades which may or may not result from reading the above documents.