Technical Writing

Technical writing and communication are among the fastest growing fields in the nation. Add something to that degree in English, History, Philosophy, Communications, Advertising or Marketing that will help you get a job using your language skills in this rewarding profession. Learn key concepts in and specific techniques necessary for technical communication, and prepare for the challenges facing today’s technical writer.

Requirements: completion of all five courses; attendance at all sessions is required to receive a certificate. The successful completion of a practical exercise or written assignment directly related to your specialty will be part of one of the Technical Writing II assignments. No certificates will be given to students who fail to successfully complete this related exercise or assignment.

The Technical Writing Certificate Program includes

  1. Elements of Technical Writing I
  2. Elements of Technical Writing II*
  3. Mathematics & Science for the Technical Writer
  4. Microsoft Word - Introduction or Intermediate
  5. Microsoft Publisher, QuarkXpress, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop or Illustrator

Course I: Elements of Technical Writing I

Review basic English skills and identify the areas of technical writing that differ from standard writing. David Gelb

Newtown Campus/ $169 (plus $9 text)/
WSMCE 5475 C01/ Next Offering: Fall 2015
Approved Hours: 12 (Act 48)

Course II: Elements of Technical Writing II

Explore new technical writing areas such as proposals and specifications. Write or revise some technical writing within your specialty. Create technical articles, papers, abstracts and reports using targeted writing exercises in these areas. David Gelb

Newtown Campus/ $169 (same text as Course I)/
WSMCE 5476 C01/ Next Offering: Fall 2015
Approved Hours: 12 (Act 48)

Course III: Mathematics & Science for the Technical Writer

Review basic mathematical & science concepts, operations and applications necessary for technical writing. Gain a more thorough understanding of math used in the scientific areas including the metric system. You should have a standard four-function calculator. David Gelb

Newtown Campus/ $169 (plus $12 text) /
WSMCE 5477 C01/ Next Offering: Fall 2015
Approved Hours: 12 (Act 48)

Course IV: Choose one of the following (online at

  • Introduction or Intermediate Word 
  • Basic, Intermediate or Advanced Word - (in class)

Course V: Choose one of the following 

  • Adobe Illustrator, Basic or Advanced
  • Adobe Photoshop, Basic or Advanced
  • InDesign, Basic or Advanced 

For software courses see Courses for Business in Information Technology