Engineering English


Our Engineering English course provides deep training on topics across many areas of the trade, whether civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical, petroleum, aviation or marine. With around 30 hours of online learning, spread over ten modules, you cover project design, materials, systems, forces, measurements, safety and quality management.  You will develop and test your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as finesse your grammar.

To get the most from this courses you need to ideally be B2 on the CEFR or level B on the CASAS scale. You should be able to listen and understand the main ideas of complex text and abstract topics, including technical discussion. You should be able to speak with a degree of fluency so you can interact with native speakers without any problems for either side. You should be able to write clearly on a wide range of subjects and give views on topical issues.

Your Course

By the end of this course on Engineering English, you will develop key language skills

  • Develop great speaking, presentation and debate skills on a variety of technical and health and safety topics
  • Listen and comprehend the correct pronunciation and content of key technical terms
  • Read and understand the variety of different ways that technical information is presented
  • Write with confidence to clients and professional institutions. Construct technical guidance.
  • Understand the commonly used grammar structures of the English language and how they apply to your area of expertise.

Throughout the course you will cover the following topics

  • Understanding engineering projects
  • Designing projects
  • Materials and their properties
  • Health and safety
  • Green engineering

Prior knowledge

This course is designed for anyone who works in engineering, whether it’s mechanical, electrical or green. While you will likely recognise many of the product and technical terms,  a good level of English (ideally B2 not he CEFR or B on CASAS) will ensure you get the most from this. As you develop your career, there will be a constant requirement to not only refresh and update existing technical learning but also to develop new skills and ways of thinking and behaving.

Technical Skills

Whether you’re in engineering, production, distribution, sales, finance, human resources or management your technical skills will always need to keep up with the latest developments in technology and change. The learning for this will generally come from your peers, industry trends and specialised training.

New skills

However, as you move up in seniority through an organisation or become and entrepreneur, you will be faced with learning a much wider array of skills. You will need to learn how to be a generalist but with the ability to look at the whole of a business and how it all interlocks.

People Skills

Most importantly, you will need to master your own behaviours and character and emotional intelligence in order to influence, inspire and bring people along with your vision. Your career, personal and professional development should never stop, whether you are learning because of a company or professional body requirement or whether you are just wanting to grow.


The course includes:

  • 30 hours of on demand e-learning
  • Speech Training app to help refine your pronunciation
  • Vocabulary app to help with specific terminology
  • Three months unlimited access
  • Access from any platform or device anytime


Module One: Engineering Services

  • Speaking: Talk about drafting, solar photovoltaic systems and wind turbines
  • Listening: Evaluate a presentation. Compare building control systems.
  • Reading: About us web pages. Job advertisement. Employee handbook. client presentations.
  • Writing: A resume and cover letter.
  • Grammar: Future be = Going to. Possessive Forms = Have / has. Present continuous = review. Present Simple = yes/no questions. To Be = Positive/Negative.
  • Module Test

Module Two: Designing Projects 

  • Speaking: Compare building control systems. Discuss feasibility studies. Talk about solar photovoltaic systems and wind turbines.
  • Listening: Evaluate a presentation, review technical drafts, definite project objectives.
  • Reading: Feasibility study comparing two renewable energy systems. Compare two smart building control systems. Employee handbook on presentations.
  • Writing: Professional email. A project progress report. A business presentation.
  • Grammar: Future Simple = Will. Imperatives = like/love. Modals: Can & should questions. Present Perfect Simple: Positive & negative. Present Simple: Positive & negative.
  • Module Test

Module Three: Materials and their Properties

  • Speaking: Project Specifications, concrete properties. Ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
  • Listening: Comparing steel products, plastics and types of concrete.
  • Reading: Engineering manual on ferrous and non-ferrous metals and concrete. Chart comparing thermoplastics.
  • Writing: Meeting notification and meeting summary.
  • Grammar: Adjectives = Comparatives and superlatives. Futures Simple = yes/no questions. Future Present Continuous – positive/negative. Past Simple = positive/negative. Present Continuous = positive/negative. Time Expressions = past, present & future.
  • Module Test

Module Four: Forces

  • Speaking: Explaining how wind turbines work. Compression & tension. Thrust measurement and turbulence.
  • Listening: Choosing a wind turbine. Defining torque & torsion.
  • Reading: Managing forces on a bridge. Turbulence FAQ.
  • Writing: Suggesting changes to an engineering process. Summarising a transaction.
  • Grammar: conditionals. Determiners = this/that/these/those. Infinitives. Modals = may/might/can/could. Passive v active. Present Simple. Irregular Verbs.
  • Module Test

Module Five: Systems and mechanisms.

  • Speaking: Explaining: Gasoline engines, hydraulic systems, robotic systems, mechanical and pneumatic systems. The advantages of robotics The internal combustion process and how to generate electricity.
  • Listening: Selecting gears for a printing plant and steel plant. comparing air brake and control systems. Gasoline v Diesel engines.
  • Reading: Technical literature on conveyer belts, gears, locomotive air braking and cam systems.
  • Writing: Cover letter and taking notes from a meeting.
  • Grammar: Passive = Present & past continuous. Present and past perfect simple. Possessive forms.
  • Module Test

Module Six: Giving Instructions

  • Speaking: Assembling a robotic chassis. Disassembling a laptop. Installing a controller.
  • Listening: Performing maintenance on a hydraulic system. Troubleshooting technical problems.
  • Reading: Technical instructions for assembling a robot, disassembling a computer and troubleshooting.
  • Writing: Meeting agenda. Technical instructions.
  • Grammar: First & Second Conditional. Imperatives. Words of Sequence.
  • Module Test

Module Seven: Measurements

  • Speaking: Explain how to calibrate equipment, meet quantitive requirements and measure flow rate.
  • Listening: Select industrial sensors and clean room sensors.
  • Reading: Instructions for calibrating a balance sheet. Product brochures on clean room and industrial sensors.
  • Writing: Informing clients of a new service.
  • Grammar: Adjectives = too/enough. Adverbs. conditionals. Modals. Nouns.
  • Module Test

Module Eight: Safety

  • Speaking: Discuss safety precautions in a machine shop. Giving first aid. Interview witness of an accident.
  • Listening: Welding, shot blasting and painting hazards.
  • Reading: Safety procedures in hazard situations. Preventing accidents. Safety incident report form.
  • Writing: Health and safety incident report.
  • Grammar: Conditionals. Modals. Passive. Tag Questions.
  • Module Test

Module Nine: Quality Management.

  • Speaking: Technical support and quality management. Engineering ethics.
  • Listening: Defining conflict of interest. Preparing for ISO certification. Setting up a quality management program.
  • Reading: Literature on quality management system, engine specifications for offshore drilling, Engineering Code of Ethics.
  • Writing: Letter to the Engineering Ethics committee. A letter of refusal to provide a product or service due to quality issue.
  • Grammar: conditionals. Gerunds. Reported Speech. Modals. Wish.
  • Module Test

Module Ten: Green Engineering

  • Speaking: Debate alternative fuels. Describe CHP systems and NEMA premium motors.
  • Listening: Problem solving on a Living Building project. Improving energy efficiency. Recycling: industrial waste, coal combustion and metal casting.
  • Reading: Pro’s and con’s of alternative fuels. Recycling industrial waste. Developing a new eco-district.
  • Writing: Presenting on the topic to a potential client.
  • Grammar: Relative clauses. Tenses. Stative Verbs.
  • Module Test

How can we help?

Are you an organisation, institution or tutor looking for a comprehensive learning solution for you and your teams and students? We have a portfolio of general and specialised English language and business short courses that are available online and on-demand as well as for a blended solution in the classroom environment or delivered via live webinar based tuition.

These ready to go courses cover all key areas of adult professional English language learning as well as a catalog of short courses covering finance & operations, sales & marketing, human resources to administration and management. As well as hard skills that range from elementary to advanced, there is an array of people and soft skill development.

Our e-learning is comprehensive, up to date and produced by a high quality learning and editorial team. It combines the latest in business thinking with the latest in learning technology. Learning can be delivered wholly online through self-study, with virtual tutor support or in a group & classroom environment by our qualified trainers.

  • All online learning is tracked and courses can be used as part of a personal development plan
  • Learners can study out of hours or in breaks with bite-size learning
  • Get management reports on learner progress
  • Cost efficiently solve any training, compliance, insurance, regulatory or union requirements
  • Choose and pay for only the courses you need or look at our library models for even greater value
  • No lock-in contracts – pay monthly or get a highly competitive price for annual and multi-year commitments
  • No big installations necessary – a simple web browser is all that’s needed to get started
  • New courses being added all the time

If you want to know more, get in touch with Connor, Marius, Stephen or Adam  for more information.

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