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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Overview

Technical Communication (TCM)

Engineer dynamic technical communication for the future! Help make the world make sense.

Rapid advances in technology increase the need to communicate complex technical information and knowledge to a variety of audiences and users. Technical communicators use technology to create resources such as user manuals, online help, websites, training materials, specifications, documentation, etc.

In addition to courses for non-majors, the Technical Communication program offers a Bachelor of Science degree (120 credit hours) and a Certificate (19 credit hours) with these great features:

  • Flexible curriculum with face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses
  • STEM focused careers
  • Transferable credits from many Ivy Tech degrees
    • Click here if you are an Ivy Tech student wondering how many credits can transfer to the TCM BS degree. Contact us at tcm@iupui.edu if your degree is not listed in the articulation agreements.
  • Certificate and B.S. options in Technical Communication
  • Second major options for many IUPUI degrees
  • Applied industry projects and internships
  • Experienced faculty with up-to-date information from the field
  • Coursework in designing, developing, and editing technical communication products
  • Optional tracks that focus on healthcare, usability, or international/intercultural dimensions
  • Use of technology to create audience focused communication - user manuals, websites, medical procedures, instructions, etc.
  • TCM Writing Center helps students with ET writing assignments and projects
  • High demand for graduates
  • One of the first degrees to focus on technical writing in the state

Career Options

With a Technical Communication credential, you will be prepared for an exciting career. Some job titles include

  • Technical Writer/Communicator
  • Technical Editor
  • Usability Specialist
  • Web Designer/Developer
  • Multimedia Content Developer
  • Technical Trainer
  • API Documentation Manager
  • Content Strategist
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Educational Content Manager
  • eLearning Specialist
  • Information Architect
  • Instructional Designer
  • Knowledge Base Manager
  • Policies & Procedures Writer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Medical Writer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Software User Assistant
  • Technical Communication Expert
  • UX Designer
  • User Assistance Specialist
  • User Experience Manager
  • User Help Systems Writer

The average salary for a Technical Writer is $70,930 (BLS 2017) after 5 years, with faster than average job growth according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Resources

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  1. Society for Technical Communication (STC): The Society for Technical Communication is the world’s largest and oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication. The Society’s members span the field of the technical communication profession from students and academics to practitioners and managers. http://www.stc.org/
  2. Occupational Outlook Handbook https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/technical-writers.htm 
  3. Indiana Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) http://www.hoosieramwa.org/
  4. User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) http://www.upassoc.org/

 For information for current and future students, visit

  1. Registrar's office: http://registrar.iupui.edu/resources_students.html
  2. Advising: https://www.iupui.edu/academics/advising.html
  3. Transfer student information: http://www.engr.iupui.edu/infofor/future-students/infofor/transfers.php
  4. Future students: http://www.engr.iupui.edu/infofor/future-students/

For more info about the TCM Program, certificate, degree, or courses, contact the TCM Director:

Dr. Corinne Renguette | crenguet@iupui.edu | ET 324E | 317-274-0018