Engineering Career Resources

How to Write a Quality Engineering CV?

The term engineering covers a wide range of technical skills, qualifications and career profiles on the job market. Consequentially, it is very important that you stress the specific expertise and professional experience on the first page of your engineering CV / Resume that make you a unique engineer. Engineering recruiters have many candidate applications to process. Being a general engineer is not enough. You need to be the specific type of engineer the recruiter is looking for and state clearly, on page 1 of your engineer CV / Resume, why you are that right type of engineer.

Keep the engineering recruiter reading your CV / Resume directed on your quantifiable results when you are creating your engineering career profile, objective statement, summary of technical qualifications or list of engineering jobs you have held. These are always more valuable to a client than soft skills or personal achievements and can also be checked by the recruiter more easily. The value you added to your previous employers is always more important to an engineering recruiter than your team, leadership or client facing skills. Don't be afraid to use jargon and keywords specific to the engineering industry in your engineering CV / Resume. This signals to the recruiter that you understand your niche part of the industry and helps them to understand what experience and benefits you would bring to his/her business.

An engineering CV / Resume should be two pages long. An CV / Resume normally contains four sections: – 1) a brief profile or objective statement, 2) summary of qualifications, 3) technical expertise, and 4) professional experience. You can extend the number of sections to include a 'related interests' section, particularly if this section covers skills or areas which are in demand.

When creating your profile or objective statement of your engineering CV/ Resume, try and use a few sentences as possible, without compromising on key selling points of your engineering experience. A few well constructed lines will make you look succinct and also make your pitch more memorable. You must mention in it your current job title and the fields in which you specialise as an engineer.

You should write your summary of your qualifications as a pithy description of your key strengths as an engineer. The use of bullet points is recommended as they allow the key sales points to stand out more effectively than text within a conventional paragraph. You should also use bullet points for the presentation of your technical expertise – engineering skills and certifications. The points also need to be laid out clearly and be featured prominently on your engineering CV / resume.

You should present your work experience section with your latest engineering job first. Each job entry should emphasise only crucial points and any that relate to the advertised job's required skills and experience. If you have worked in engineering for more than 10 years, then give more details with regard to the recent jobs from this decade.

To see how best to structure your engineering CV / Resume, see the sample below.

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An experienced [Specialisation] engineer specializing in [Further Specialisations] with an extensive list of successful past positions with top organisations in engineering.

  • Over [No. Years] of experience in the field of [Specialisation], demonstrating expertise and efficiency in progressing from [Describe Career e.g. from junior to senior engineer].
  • Strong knowledge of [List knowledge areas with a particular focus on those areas listed in the advert]; [describe key success story e.g. turned around struggling department].
  • Excellent management skills, proven proficiency in leading and organizing teams to maximize efficiency and productivity.
  • Opto electronics
  • 22nm hybrid devices
  • Sensor design and testing
  • Embedded software development
  • IT and Systems
    • Languages: Python, C#, Java, C, C++, Perl
    • Frameworks: ASP.NET, C#.NET, J2EE
    • Concepts: Design Patterns, Refactoring, JIT, Multiprocess synchronization
    • Software: Word, Excel, Lotus Notes, Visual Café, Dash-O-Pro, WhiteBox Deep Cover
    • Systems: Windows 8, UNIX

Engineering Ltd.

Liverpool, UK2008 - 2014

Head of Electrical Engineering Department 2011 - 2014

  • Responsible for Electrical Engineering strategy, personnel and budget
  • Developed and implemented 'Electrical Engineering 2013' strategy which led to an average 25% improvement in key KPIs
  • Managed multiple technical process improvement projects increasing operating efficiency by 12%

Electrical Engineering Engineer 2008 - 2011

  • Ran a number of major accounts worth £2m in revenue
  • Passed all qualifications listed above
  • Participated in a high level team to develop the inter departmental values statement

Engineering Ltd.

Lancaster, UK2005 - 2008

Trainee Electrical Engineering Engineer 2005 - 2008

  • Responsible for computer modelling of the breaking systems
  • Supervised delivery of an unique c# based model of the new hydraulic systems
  • Promoted ahead of peer group
BA:Engineering, awarded an Upper Second Class (2.1) Degree, Exeter University
A Levels:Maths(A), Further Maths(A), Economics(A), Engineering(A)
GCSEs:Maths(A), English Language(A), Physics(A), Chemistry(A), History(A), French(A), English Literature(B)