Technical Communication Skills for Today's Engineers and Entrepreneurs

Designed For
Anyone who writes explanations of data or detailed information—business writers, engineers, scientists, computer professionals, etc.
July 3 - July 30, 2017 | Online | Work through the 4-week course materials at your own pace with weekly coaching prompts from instructor.
100% Online
16 Hours
1.6 CEUs
Talk to the Program Manager
Contact our program manager, Paula Matano at 541-737-3690 or to schedule a free, no-obligation training consultation.

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"Rich provided personalized feedback on each assignment, which I found invaluable. A lot of his comments and suggestions were on areas where I was a little unsure of my approach, and his insights on what would be best for the end-user were extremely helpful for me and my development as a technical writer."

-Christy Carovillano, Conservation Program Assistant with Metro Parks and Nature in Portland, OR

You're smart. You may be brilliant, but if you can't communicate what's in your head to others you may run into roadblocks and dead ends.

That's why this technical writing course has become one of OSU's most popular programs.

Now this semester-long course is available to you in a condensed and accelerated format.

In Oregon, technical writers earn an annual average salary of over $78,000.

What Is Technical Writing

Program Summary

This technical writing course will prepare you to produce instructive, informational, and persuasive documents based on well-defined and achievable outcomes. Technical documents are precise, concise, organized, and based on complex information.

The purpose and target audience of each document determine the style that an author chooses, including document layout, vocabulary, sentence and paragraph structure, and visuals, among other factors. To this end, this course will teach processes for analyzing writing contexts and producing effective, clean, and reader-centered documents in an efficient manner.

Upon completion, you will gain an understanding and knowledge of genres such as reports, feasibility studies, proposals, and specifications.

You will also learn:

  • How to construct a logical outline of a technical document
  • How to write with awareness of expository techniques such as definition, classification, and causal analysis
  • How to design an effective format and layout for a technical publication

And as a bonus, you'll get expert feedback on your chosen writing project. So if you have, say a tech startup proposal, you can have it reviewed and critiqued before you submit to investors.

  • Use professional technical writing conventions of clean and clear design, style, and layout of written materials.
  • Create effective technical writing documents for end-users.
  • Write clearly, correctly, and concisely.
  • Produce clear, high-quality deliverables in a multitude of technical writing genres.
  • Gather and apply researched information that is appropriate to your field, as demonstrated by reading and analyzing documents, and citing sources correctly.
  • Rich Collins

    Rich Collins holds an MA in English Literature from Oregon State University and a BA in English with minors in German, Creative Writing, and Film Studies from the University of West Georgia. Rich has worked in a variety of areas in his professional career, starting in retail, volunteering for a year in the nonprofit sector as an MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA, working in the health insurance industry, and, most recently, working in college administration doing marketing and recruitment. Currently he serves as an instructor where he focuses on bringing these experiences into the classroom to work with students in a variety of fields. His own research interests center on twentieth century American literature, but he is equally committed to assisting and guiding developing writers in the classroom.