Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology


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 face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses
  • Curriculum that responds to the needs of STEM employers (science, technology, engineering, and math)
  • Transferable credits from many two-year and four-year institutions
    • Click here if you are an Ivy Tech student wondering how many credits can transfer to the TCM BS degree. Contact us at if your degree is not listed in the articulation agreements.
  • Second major option
  • Applied industry projects and internships
  • Faculty with current industry experience
  • Coursework in designing, creating, developing, and editing content
  • Optional tracks that focus on healthcare, usability, or international/intercultural dimensions

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.



  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.
  2. Occupational Outlook Handbook 
  3. Indiana Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
  4. User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA)

 For information for current and future students, visit

  1. Registrar's office:
  2. Advising:
  3. Transfer student information:
  4. Future students:

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

Dr. Corinne Renguette | | ET 324E | 317-274-0018