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Simplified Technical English Courses

As part of this Community of Interest, TD-Info has established a programme of Simplified Technical English (STE) Training Courses. This training is mandatory for engineers responsible for the preparation of company technical publications (see below). TD-Info hosts 3 day courses at its offices north of Bristol

This is an essential training course for those preparing company technical publications. TD-Info has also developed 2 x 1 day courses... a STE Taster Day and also a Train the STE Trainer Day.

An indicative rate per delegate for a STE Course at TD-Info is £690.00 (ex VAT) - prices subject to change so contact TD-Info on current rates. The course includes tuition, STE Course materials, a STE Dictionary and refreshments.

For more information and booking, please contact


STE is defined by the specification ASD-STE100, which is maintained by the Simplified Technical English Maintenance Group (STEMG). ASD-STE100 Issue 7 is the current version.

Current members of the UK STE Working Group are: Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast; Airbus, Filton; UTC Aerospace Systems; Rolls-Royce, Derby; BAE Systems, Warton; Meggit Control Systems, Birmingham; Survitec, Dunmurry; Thales, Crawley; Babcock International, Lichfield; UK MOD, Abbey Wood; and, Team Defence Information (TD-Info), Bristol.

TD-Info hosts two groups: the Simplified Technical English Maintenance Group and the UK Simplified Technical English Working Group

"English is the international language of science, technology and human relations. It is also the language of the aerospace and defense industry. However, it is not often the native language of the readers of technical documentation. Many readers have a limited knowledge of English. Complex sentence structure and the large number of meanings and synonyms that many English words have can cause confusion.

In aviation, it is mandatory to correctly understand maintenance and operation documentation to make sure that systems operate safely and correctly and to protect human lives."

STE was developed to help the readers of English-language documentation understand what they read, particularly when these readers are non-native English speakers. Today, the success of STE is such that other industries use it beyond its original intended purpose of aerospace maintenance documentation. Interest in STE has also increased dramatically in the areas of language services, professional translation and interpreting, as well as in the academic world." Source:

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The benefits of using STE include reducing risk, increasing efficiency and saving time and costs. Using Simplified Technical English (STE) means that documents such as user and technical manuals, service check-lists, emails relating to technical and legal information and the like are unambiguous and geared for international usage. This improves safety and increases user and customer satisfaction. There is more ‘right-first-time’ actions because instructions are clear and unambiguous when expressed using STE.

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Booking form for the three day STE Training Course.

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Specification ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English (STE) is an international specification for the preparation of maintenance documentation in a controlled language. ASD-STE100 has a European Community Trademark and is copyright and is owned by ASD, Brussels, Belgium. It is a set of Writing Rules and a Dictionary of controlled vocabulary. The words in the dictionary were chosen for their simplicity and ease of recognition. When there are several words in English for a certain thing or action (synonyms), ASD-STE100 gives one of these synonyms to the exclusion of the others (whenever possible, “one word – one meaning”). Specification ASD STE-100 is maintained by the Simplified Technical English Maintenance Group (STEMG)-

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Why it’s crucial to use Simplified Technical English for technical documentation. Maria MacDonald explains why it pays to choose your words carefully when creating product and

maintenance documentation. A qualified linguist with over 30 years’ experience in technical

translation and over a decade as a trainer of technical authors and engineers in Simplified Technical English (STE), Maria is the UK’s National Coordinator for STE and a member of the STE Maintenance Group for the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). She provides public courses in STE which are hosted at the UKCeB premises and can tailor on-site courses too. Details via UKCeB website.

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