Midway through my screed, someone informed me that this is a word (UTILIZE, I mean, not USE) that you are encouraged to include in your writing by your engineering professors, obliging me to reel back my RAGE against UTILIZE, at least until I got some more info.
Well…I got more info, and according to Professor T. Kenny Fountain, utilize is perfectly legit for your purposes.
I take back everything I said about, and I apologize for any feelings I may have hurt in the process of my lecture against utilize, or for any confusion.
As I mentioned in class, I first developed my dislike of utilize when I worked as a technical copy editor. My job had nothing to do with content, and everything to do with grammar, form, and style. I was encountering highly documents created through a highly TECHNICAL DISCOURSE; but my encounter with those documents took place within an EDITORIAL discourse. It was a clash of cultures/discourses, which worked really well for the documents we produced (even though working with such technical documents frustrated us editorial people).
But in this class, I have to work on putting my EDITORIAL self aside, and moving closer toward understanding TECHNICAL discourses–just as this class gives you guys an opportunity to move toward discourses outside the squarely technical.