Ensure your CV format is structured to best highlight your unique experience and life situation.

Engineering CV template (text format)

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Meticulous civil engineer with 6 years of experience in designing and constructing various infrastructure projects. Effective leader with the ability to manage multifunctional teams during the project development cycle to accomplish project deliverables and milestones. Certified ASCE and ICE member. Seeking to use proven project management skills to design cost-effective and environmentally-conscious solutions.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Civil Engineer
Vigan Systems, Oct 20XX–Present, Devon

  • Trained and mentored 5 junior engineers to conduct structural analysis using Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology
  • Supervise 15 project employees to ensure compliance with all relevant method statements, project specifications, codes, and standards
  • Advise the project manager regarding construction material costs and quantity calculations
  • Use project management best practices to complete 4 annual large-scale construction projects with budgets over £800,000 each

Construction Site Engineer
Smith Builder Brothers, Jul 20XX–Sep 20XX, Manchester

  • Tested soil to determine the adequacy and strength of asphalt, concrete, and steel foundations
  • Conducted the 5 tests for workability of concrete used in construction
  • Prepared concrete using selected pozzolans as a cement alternative, reducing project costs by 10% and exceeding all quality metrics by 12%
  • Ensured contractor compliance with project specifications and HSE requirements

Junior Civil Engineer
Thorgan Construction Inc., Apr 20XX–Jun 20XX, Leicester

  • Prepared blueprints, specification sheets, and contracts for 8 small-scale projects and 2 large-scale undertakings
  • Employed computer-aided drawing tools to formulate and evaluate 18 structural designs to achieve conformance with construction standards
  • Performed inspections and reconnaissance surveys on various sites to determine their feasibility for assigned projects

EDUCATION

Durham University, Durham | 20XX–20XX
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

  • Relevant Modules: Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists, Engineering Design, Geotechnics, Environmental Engineering

KEY SKILLS

  • Skilled with computer-aided drawing tools, including AutoCAD and SOLIDWORKS
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Structural design
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

  • Regular contributor to construction blogs
  • Enjoy drawing and sketching
  • Love spending time in nature
  • Avid yoga practitioner

How to write an engineering CV

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a CV in a way that best emphasises your strengths.

A wide range of engineering specialities exist, from civil engineering — which involves designing and overseeing the construction of bridges, buildings, and other structures — to biomedical engineering of drugs and medical materials.

While the specific duties of an engineer vary depending on their field of expertise, all engineers think logically and solve complex problems. So when you write your CV for an engineering job, you’ll need to show that you have the problem-solving skills your target employer is looking for.

Here are three tips to help you build a job-winning engineering CV:

1. Use proper formatting

There are two main formats you can use for your engineering CV: the chronological format and the skills-based format. The CV format you should use depends on your level of engineering experience.

If you already have relevant engineering experience, then a chronological CV layout is the way to go. A chronological CV emphasises your work history, starting with your most recent job and working backwards. This format is ideal for demonstrating your engineering career progression.

If you have little or no engineering experience but have relevant skills from your education, training, or other jobs, then a skills-based CV is the right choice. This type of CV focuses on your skill set rather than your work history.

Use a skills-based CV if you’re an engineering student or recent graduate, or if you need to highlight your transferable skills to change your career path.

2. Write your personal statement for the specific employer

When you build your engineering CV,  ensure that your CV’s personal statement is tailored to the job advert. This means including keywords from the job advert in your CV introduction to show that you’re a good match for the role.

For example, if the job advert emphasises ‘problem solving’ and ‘attention to detail’, include these keywords in your engineering CV introduction. Using relevant keywords instantly grabs the recruiter’s attention and makes them want to read the rest of your CV.

Here’s an example of a well-written engineering CV personal statement:

An engineering CV's personal statement that highlights the applicant's job-relevant skills in 4 sentences
Tailor your CV’s personal statement to the engineering job advert.

3. Emphasise the right engineering skills

Employers seek job candidates with skills and experience specific to the type of engineering work they do. To ensure your application stands out, highlight your most job-relevant engineering skills on your CV.

Start by including hard skills (abilities you learned through training) like:

  • CAD software
  • engineering certifications
  • specific engineering knowledge and technical skills
  • advanced maths skills
  • analytical skills
  • IT skills
  • structural design

You should also give examples of how you’ve used your soft skills (personality traits) to interact with your managers and other engineers. Soft skills that’ll make your engineering CV stand out include:

You’ll also need a cover letter as they’re standard in the industry — you can create one in a few minutes using a cover letter maker.


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Aaron Case

Aaron Case is a CPRW & Senior Staff Writer at CV Genius with 8+ years of experience in writing and career resource spaces. Job seekers around the world and in various stages of their vocational journeys have landed fulfilling work thanks to his thoughtful career advice, which has also been showcased in publications like Forbes, MSN, CareerAddict, Ladders, Best Colleges, Ivy Exec, Capitalism.com, and vidIQ. Aaron has a BS in English & Communications from Liberty University bolstered by a professional credential from UC Berkeley. He’s collected practical experience while following various career paths, and he enjoys sharing the resulting insights with everyone. You can contact him through his LinkedIn profile or on Twitter. Please note, we don’t accept guest posts, and all such requests will be ignored.