Why Visit The Hanson Center for Technical Communication?

Our mission is to help you express yourself as a future engineer. Devoting time and effort to grow as a writer is the best preparation for a career in which success is often measured by the quality of your communication.

Who are the peer consultants?

Peer consultants are undergraduate engineering students who demonstrate exceptional skill as writing tutors and technical communicators. Our tutors have excellent oral and written communication skills. Peer consultants do not grade, nor do they offer comments or conjectures about grades. Instead, they help fellow students turn brainstorming sessions and rough drafts into polished reports, essays, presentations, and proposals.

Who are the graders?

Graders are writing instructors who work closely with the Hanson Center staff as evaluators of student writing. Our graders offer individualized comments and use assignment-specific grading rubrics to help students through every stage of the writing process.

How does the HCTC help the College?

In the Fall of 2016, HCTC peer consultants held 936 appointments at the center. Of those, 422 were for scholarship thank you letters, 219 for Statics essays, 100 for lab reports, 60 for résumés, and 12 for personal statements. 60% of the appointments came from students who had visited the center in the past. Every student helped in the center is an engineering student, but not every assignment needs to be an engineering assignment. Our tutors saw students from an array of courses: from Process Calculations, Materials Science, and Statics to Elementary Psychology, Interpretation of Literature, and History and Science of Oil.

How do I make an appointment?

As of Fall 2016, you now make appointments through our online system. To get started, click “Schedule now” on the bottom left of our homepage, and you will be prompted to create an account through WCOnline. After creating the account, you will be able to log in, select an open time, and fill out a brief form to secure an appointment. We will keep records of each time you come to the center. If you also require proof that you visited, just ask your tutor and he/she will be happy to fill out a hard copy report.