Engineering Resume Template

Every professional field has its own standards when it comes to resumes. This is why we say resumes simply cannot be generic, catch all affairs. Each line of work has its own particular needs regarding the education level, abilities, work experience and expertise that need to be emphasized on the resume. This is definitely the case in the engineering field. When working on a resume for an engineering position, it’s crucial to keep in mind who will be reading your resume – other highly technical engineering professionals, among others — and be sure to put across the expertise and terminology of engineering industry professionals.

Engineering is a highly technical field and engineers, whether you are just starting out or if you are a seasoned professional, need a resume to reflect technical aptitude. An engineering resume has to reflect an engineer’s attention to detail, precision and real world experience or extensive technical education. It’s always important to be mindful of the fact that as levels of responsibility and technical skill and education increase, so does the scrutiny that is paid to a resume. Your peers in the engineering field, not just human resources professionals, are likely to be the ones reviewing your resume. If you don’t come across like someone who is either on par with them or soon will be, odds are you will not get to the interview phase of the hiring process.

While all resumes are different and each field has its own particulars, there are some strong, universal rules to follow when writing a resume. First and foremost, it is extremely important to target each resume you send specifically to the job for which you’re applying and the company. For engineering, you must examine your engineering skill set, determine what skills and achievements apply specifically to the opening and the company, and focus on them first on your resume before moving on to the rest of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. Always remember that a resume is not just a summary of who you are as a potential employee. What it really is is a sales tool to sell you to them. It says “here’s what you need and here’s what I can do.” Remember this and avoid the temptation to take the easy way out with a catch all, generic resume. Telling the recipient exactly what they need to know eliminates all guesswork and interpretation and gets you one step closer to getting the job.

The other rule to follow is that the resume’s format depends on the applicant’s level of experience and employment situation. Engineering professionals with experience in the field should list work experience, including major accomplishments and job responsibilities, first on a resume, just after the “Objective” section. New engineers just entering the workforce from university need to stress their education as it applies to the job. Here are some general examples of engineering resumes that illustrate the use of these two formats:

Chronological format resume of an experienced engineering professional:

William Myers
641 Blue Rock Rd,
North Rockhampton, QLD
Australia
Phone: (02) #### ####
Email: YourEmail [@] YourISP.com

Career Objective: To obtain a senior engineer position at a forward thinking aerospace engineering firm where I can apply my extensive experience to succeed, learn and grow,

Work History

Down Under Aeronautics, Queensland
Aerospace Mechanical Engineer
April 2009 – Present

  • Led project to redesign internal components on three of our engines to increase performance. Redesign led to 10% increase sales and much higher customer satisfaction survey results.
  • Mentored a team of eight junior engineers and interns to prepare them for transition to full time work. All were eventually hired by Down Under Aeronautics.
  • Regularly led design meetings and gave presentations to board and investors to present new products and designs.

Aladdin Engines
Assistant Engineer
December 2007 – April 2009

  • Worked extensively with senior engineers on engine redesign and building for Aladdin’s entire line of small craft engines.
  • Assisted R&D teams with researching new engine technologies.
  • Helped Quality Assurance team streamline the build and test process to increase productivity 5%.

Skills:

  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Blender and BrisCAD
  • Proven leadership and mentoring ability
  • Fast learner, especially with software systems
  • Over five years experience in the aircraft engine design field

Education:

  • Master’s Degree: Aerospace Mechanical Engineering, 2007, Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Mechanical Engineering, 2004, Queensland University of Technology
  • Member of the national Australian Engineers Honours Society
  • Worked as an engineering and design intern at Lewis Aerospace on a part time basis while pursuing MS and BS degrees at Queensland University of Technology.

As you see in this example, William has good deal of experience and stresses it here. Another important point is that, wherever he can, he lists achievements instead of simply pointing out duties and tasks performed. For example, “Led project to redesign internal components on three of our engines to increase performance. Redesign led to 10% increase sales and much higher customer satisfaction survey results” sounds much better than just “ran engine redesign project.” Like William, you want to show that you are an effective engineer who gets results.

Here is a look at William’s resume as he tried to transition to his first engineering as his Master’s Degree at Queensland University of Technology neared completion:

William Myers
16 Campus Loop Road, Unit 410
North Rockhampton, QLD
Australia
Phone: (02) #### ####
Email: YourEmail [@] YourISP.com

Career Objective: to use the knowledge gained at Queensland University of Technology and the experience I have received interning at Lewis Aerospace to obtain a position at an aerospace company looking for an enthusiastic young engineer to augment its talented team.

Education:

  • Pursuing Master’s Degree: Aerospace Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology. Expected graduation: May 2007.
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Mechanical Engineering, 2004, Queensland University of Technology
  • Member of the national Australian Engineers Honours Society

Skills:

  • Skilled in various CAD software packages, including AutoCAD and CAD Special 2005.
  • Excellent at teamwork and collaboration.
  • Adept at learning new software package and picking up new engineering concepts.
  • Outstanding communication skills both written and oral.

Achievements

  • 1st place, Australian National Student Aeronautics Design Competition, 2006
  • Elected to board of Queensland University of Technology Student Union
  • Achieved Dean’s List Status four times.

Experience:

Lewis Aerospace
Design Intern
September 2003 – Present

  • Assisted design team on a part time basis during Bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

You can see that William’s resume is quite different as he finishes his education and prepares to enter the workforce. Education is somewhat more elaborate, and scholastic achievements and relevant skills are stressed to make up for his more limited work experience as a part time intern.

For job applicants in the engineering field, it is important to write a strong, targeted resume that is well written and stresses the specifics of this highly technical field. Following the guidelines highlighted here will go a long way to securing an interview whether you’re a long time engineering professional looking to grow your career or an engineering student looking for your first taste of real world experience.