Technical Communication Certificate

In any field, communication is key. Whether that means engaging with customers, delivering instructions to fellow workers or presenting key info to supervisors, being able to effectively write and speak about complex topics is a valuable skill, and offers a wealth of career opportunities.

Technical communication is prized in many fields, including software development, engineering, manufacturing, health care, instructional design, marketing, and many other areas in business and industry. Many employers in these areas seek out and hire talented people specifically to oversee and execute communications. If that kind of career appeals to you, then Oakton's Technical Communication program is for you.

We offer technical communication courses covering a variety of subjects, including computer applications for business, speech, management, English and more. You'll learn key writing skills—from creating effective memos, letters, and reports to crafting Web text and producing scientific documents—as well an overview of important knowledge for your chosen field.

You can learn more about the courses and paths offered on the Technical Communications page of the course catalog.


The Technical Communication Certificate is designed for people with experience and/or education in specific fields who wish to improve their technical communication skills. Students will learn technical writing skills and apply them to a chosen career area. Fields in which technical information is conveyed include software development, engineering, manufacturing, health care, instructional design, marketing, and many other areas in business and industry.

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Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Oakton's professors and lecturers are experts in their fields with advanced degrees and years of real-world experience. 

In addition to classroom learning, students receive support from our panel of expert advisors.

Johnson, Scott
Professor of English
Coordinator, Business & Technical Writing
B.A. Furman University
M.A. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ph.D. (ABD) University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Office: 2556, Des Plaines

Mauritzen, Michael
Assistant Professor of English
Coordinator, Great Books

B.A. Eastern Illinois University
M.A. Purdue University
Ph.D. Purdue University
Office: 2753, Des Plaines

Sloan, Philip
Associate Professor of English
B.A. Michigan State University
M.A. Carleton University
M.A.T. Wayne State University
Ph.D. Kent State University
Office: 2739, Des Plaines

Meet our part-time faculty

McNett, Michael
B.A. University of Illinois, Champaign
M.A. Northwestern University

Gene Haring
Design, Marketing & Writing for Business
Haring & Associates

Janet Spector-Bishop
Director of Communications
East Maine School Dist. 63

Larry Starzec
Professor of English
College of Lake County

Lynne Stiefel
Communications Director (Retired)
Village of Glenview

Ex-Officio Members

Scott Johnson
Professor of English
Coordinator, Technical Communication
Oakton College

Linda Korbel
Dean of Liberal Arts
Oakton College

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