"Communication is critical to engineering; without it, Mars landers miss Mars and bridges fall down!"
~Russ Clark, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
In any field of engineering, no project is finished until you have communicated the results. Since that communication generally involves writing, successful engineers learn how to explain their work so that others can understand it.
Building a device or designing a process is not enough; every person on a project must be able to communicate with co-workers as well as other persons interested in the work.
Writing assignments vary, depending on the course. Typical writing assignments depend on the level of the course and the course curriculum:
The challenge for engineers is that their writing must make it possible for the reader to understand what they did. The results of their work must be understandable to someone with only basic expertise in the field. Thus there must be sufficient detail for the writing to be clear, but no irrelevant detail that would distract or confuse the reader.
The writing is generally formal in tone, observing professional conventions. Examples of good professional writing are available from instructors.
Evidence and support depend on the type of document:
The authoritative source for references and resources is the IEEE website, ieee.org, which includes the IEEE Digital Library.