CISL’s English for Engineers program offers students the opportunity to learn engineering-specific vocabulary and grammar. However, when we say “engineering,” many things can come to mind: mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering . . . there are so many fields within this industry!

Regardless of the industry you are in, the following English adjectives will help you communicate better in English.


Five English Adjectives for Engineers


Definition: something that increases in rate, amount, or extent.

Example: As the machine accelerated, the temperature increased.


Definition: something made active or operative.

Example: We experienced some technical difficulties after the machine was activated.

Definition: something converted (a substance, molecule, etc.) into a reactive form.

Example: It appears that the addition of the chemical activated a reaction.


Definition: something that moves continuously or freely through a closed system or area.

Example: The energy is circulated throughout the machine.


Definition: something that is covered.

Example: The machine is coated with a substance that makes its pistons move quickly.


Definition: metal, stone, or other materials slowly destroyed or damaged by chemical action.

Example: The corroded machine was cleaned and restored.

Bonus word: Obstructed

Definition: something that is blocked (an opening, path, road, etc.).

Example: The obstructed part of the machine was quickly repaired.


Would you like to learn more about English for Engineers at CISL San Diego? Our intensive course provides students with the following:

  • Specific vocabulary practice: students learn words focused on engineering and technology (dimensions, precision, and causes and effects, etc.)
  • English related to design phases, procedures, and processes of engineering
  • Work-related English skills: students learn to express problems and solutions, capabilities and limitations, etc.
  • Practice working with written instructions, drawings, and notices
  • Verbal focus on one’s ability to discuss quality issues, repairs, maintenance, technical requirements, regulations, standards, suitability and relative performance
  • Classroom activities focused on mock work environments for additional verbal practice with communication in engineering