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1 Author(s)
Blicq, Ronald S. ; Western Div., Canadian Aviation Electronics Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Quality control can be exercised over engineering writing in the same way that it is exercised over manufacturing and installation/maintenance programs. In the case of writing, however, the "inspector" is the technical editor or a supervisory engineer. His terms of reference are the engineering writing standards laid down in a standards handbook prepared by those responsible for the production of technical publications. The proposed "quality-controlled" engineering writing program has two major advantages: 1) It is simple to implement since it follows comparable established engineering and quality-control practices, to which engineers are accustomed. 2) It is imposed from within the department directly concerned with engineering writing, and is thus entirely independent of outside control.

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Engineering Writing and Speech, IRE Transactions on  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 2 )