TechComm Fundamentals Bootcamp Samples

The Society for Technical Communication’s TechComm Fundamentals Bootcamp provides a great overview of what technical communication is, key concepts and writing guidelines for technical communication, and how to get into the field. I believe this course has been substantial in my growing career as a technical writer.

Here are a few pieces of work from that bootcamp.

Procedure for brewing iced coffee with a Keurig coffee machine

Prompt: Write a procedure for any household appliance

I created a procedure for brewing iced coffee with a Keurig machine. I described the tasks, highlighted hazards, and used images from Keurig’s own instruction manual to assist the user with the tasks.

Quick start-up for using a cassette player

Prompt: Create a quick-start guide

Quick start guides are visual reference tools to help the user perform common tasks. There was a lot of room for creative freedom in this assignment from start to finish: deciding what to make a guide for, creating the scenario, assembling (or even drawing) the visual assets, and putting it all together. For this assignment, I decided to have some fun and make a quick start-up guide for how to use a cassette player. I didn’t have access to Photoshop at the time, so apologies if it looks rough!

The course was rigorous and fast-paced, but I find myself applying what I learned to my work. This bootcamp is recommended if you’re considering if technical communication is for you, but don’t want to spend a lot of money nor have the time for longer courses.



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