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 is the only ASD-approved provider of STE Training in the UK.
TD-Info hosts 3 day courses at its offices north of Bristol. The next dates for these are:
However, STE courses can also be delivered at company premises by arrangement. 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. For more information on these and the 3 day standard STE Training Course, please contact Maria MacDonald its STE specialist.
Maria is a linguist with a Modern Languages degree and an Interpreter's Certificate. She has approximately 30 years’ experience as a business linguist with particular experience in technical translation and STE training for the aerospace sector. Maria is the UK national coordinator for STE and a member of the international body, the ASD Simplified Technical English Maintenance Group who revised and issued the latest STE release in 2017.
Assistant course tutor, Alexia MacDonald, is also a linguist who works extensively with the use of language in different contexts - including industrial, commercial and technical ones where STE is an international lingua franca.
An indicative rate per delegate for a 3-day Course at TD-Info is £690.00 (ex VAT) - prices subject to change so contact TD-Info on current rates. The 3 day course includes tuition, STE Course materials, a STE Dictionary and refreshments
For more information and booking, please contact Sue Russell, Deputy TD-Info Lead.
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.
"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: http://www.asd-ste100.org/index.html
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