The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in technical communication and is home to the Missouri S&T student chapter of STC. Technical communication students, upon completion of their degrees or certificates, can have interesting and lucrative careers in almost any industry.

Technical communication, whether written, oral, or visual, enables people to use technology effectively, to understand technology and to make effective decisions about real-world problems. Technical communication graduates are usually employed as Web designers, usability specialists, technical writers, technical editors, teachers of technical communication, online help developers, information developers, and documentation managers. Visit the Your Career in Technical Communication page for information on the kinds of jobs technical communicators do, companies that hire them, and remuneration.

Academic Programs



Students in the above programs can take a full range of technical communication courses offered by the department.

Admission Information


The technical communication faculty are active in such organizations as the Society for Technical Communication, the Association of Teachers of Technical Communication, the IEEE Professional Communication Society, the Council for Programs on Technical and Scientific Communication, and the National Council of English Teachers. They have published articles and books on subjects such as communication networks and technology diffusion, visual theory and pedagogy, technical editing, technical marketing communication, and the history of technical communication.

The following faculty teach undergraduate and graduate technical communication courses:


Technical communication classes are taught in both traditional and computer-assisted classrooms as well as online. The main computers in classrooms used for tech comm classes are equipped with the latest writing and visual design applications.

Career, Co-op & Internship Opportunities

Technical communicators find employment in almost any industry whose customers must understand and interpret technology. The Missouri S&T office of Career Opportunities and Employer Relations (COER) helps students procure internships, co-ops and full-time jobs. In addition to this, the department offers unique internships with on-campus departments, local businesses and government agencies. By getting involved in organizations on campus, students obtain work experience in the area of their interest.


Main Contact: Dr. Ed Malone
Position: Professor & STC Chapter Advisor

Department of English and Technical Communication
Missouri University of Science and Technology
500 W. 14th St., H-SS 236
Rolla, MO 65409-0560