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Resume Tips for Engineers

Employers are looking for just the right candidates who have the skills, knowledge, and experience that match the job. Keep your resume: focused, descriptive, and interesting!

1. CONTACT INFORMATION Include your name, either formal or informal (William B. Thornton vs. Billy Bob Thornton). Underneath your name, using as few lines as possible, put your address, telephone number, and email. You might consider including both your local and permanent addresses or phone numbers. For example:

Benjamin Jones

Local: 1234 Suburban Road • San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 • Permanent: 4321 Madrid Avenue • San Francisco, CA 93440 • (415) 734-1234


Benjamin Jones

1234 Suburban Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 805.756.1234

2. OBJECTIVE Whenever possible, include an objective that matches the position you are applying for. There are two parts to an objective: Part 1) the type of position you are applying for (Co-op, Internship, Summer, Career) and, Part 2) the field and/or specific area you are interested in. Make sure your objective is consistent with the job description and goals of the company. For example:

Objective Summer internship position in the field of Electrical Engineering, specifically space systems design OR Professional IT consulting position, specializing in e-business solutions

3. EDUCATION List your education next. Consider including your GPA, minor, specialization, emphasis or area of interest. Are you a student athlete or member of a club? Are you EIT (Engineer-In-Training) certified? Please, include all your good stuff! On a pre-career resume, consider listing your relevant engineering coursework too. For example:


California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, March 2012

Concentration: Mechatronics

GPA: 3.4

Class Level: Junior Dean’s List – two quarters

Major GPA: 3.7

Relevant Coursework:

Statics, Intermediate Dynamics, Strength of Materials, Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Engineering Graphics, Circuits III, Electronics, Thermal Systems, Materials Science, Design Philosophy, Technical Writing for Engineers

4. EXPERIENCE Use short, descriptive phrases that highlight responsibilities, skills, and accomplishments. Explain how your work benefited the company and quantify results whenever possible. For example:

Experience Hewlett-Packard – Santa Clara, CA Web Administrator

Summer 2010

Reorganized main HP website to ensure integrity.

Designed user interface for transferring paper process to web, enabling customer base to increase by 15%.


Schlumberger ATE – Simi Valley, CA Data Analyst/Industrial Engineering Intern

Summer 2009

Participated in inventory auto-replenishment project.

Designed improved dock-to-stock layout and process, decreasing time to customer by 10%.

Participated in TQC improvement group.

Developed electronic quote sheet, resulting in increased efficiency of purchasing.

5 . PROJECTS / RESEARCH Employers like projects, so consider including a Projects and/or Research section or placing them under the Experience section of your resume. Describe one or two that you are most proud of. Be descriptive in terms of accomplishment and experience. Employers place a high value on team projects. In industry, you will need to interact effectively with other engineers, vendors, contractors, and support staff. Indicating projects in which you are a contributing member of a team reflects valued and needed skills. For example:

Technical Projects – Cal Poly Circuit Design Project

Designed and built operational amplifier, utilizing oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, integrated circuits.

Tested input and output of different stages for desired specifications. OR Research and Writing – Magnetic Recording Devices

Researched magnetic recording devices, focusing on drive motor firmware.

Analyzed drive motor current for several drive types. OR

Aircraft Design Team Project

Designed and built Common Support Aircraft for the Navy.

Responsible for engine selection and integration, fuel system design, and solid modeling.

6 . SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ACCOMPLISHMENTS You may want to highlight skills, knowledge, accomplishments, research, laboratory experience, publications, licensure, or any other achievement that makes you a valuable applicant. For example:

Skills, Knowledge and Accomplishments in Computer Science

Developed computer vision system in Visual C++ for visual detection of vehicle trajectories

Developed fast algorithm to find connected components in real time

Developed dynamic shareholding method to improve the segmentation result

Unix, Windows, DOS

C/C++, 8051 Assembly Language


Professional Skills Programming:


Java, C/C++, Visual Basic, Mathematica, HTML, MathML, JavaScript, SQL Macromedia Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, PageMaker, Oracle, Microsoft Office

Operating Systems: Windows, Unix, Solaris, Linux, DOS


Fluent in Spanish

7. Involvement, Awards, and Affiliations Include any involvement in student clubs, organizations, and community activities. Also, list honors and awards. Be sure to indicate leadership roles or positions of responsibility. For example:

Leadership and Involvement Week of Welcome Leader, Cal Poly - New Student Orientation, Fall 2003 Society of Women Engineers, Treasurer, 2003-2004 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Cal Poly Intramural Soccer Interests: Backpacking, skiing, acoustic guitar, reading

Resume Tips:

Well organized, consistent presentation

Balanced use of blank space and margins

Use concise action phrases; past tense verbs for past accomplishments

No personalizations (I, me, my)

Do not include references

Reverse chronological format

One page (preferably)

Brief, easy to read

Boldface type used selectively to highlight information

Print on resume quality paper

Must be PERFECT; get help at Career Services

Top 5 Qualities/Skills Employers Want:

Communication Skills (oral, written)


Teamwork skills (works well with others)

Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)

Strong work ethic

For Further Assistance:

Go to the Career Services website for more information and for sample resumes by major: - Click on For Students / Resumes and Tools

Set up an appointment with Tammy Martin or Markel Quarles by calling the front office (756-2501, then press 4). Tammy is the Career Counselor for all CENG majors except CSC, CPE, EE, and SE. Markel is the Career Counselor for CSC, CPE, EE, and SE majors.

Tammy’s Drop-In Service: Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. (Bldg. 124, sign in at front desk) Markel’s Drop-in Service: Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. (Bldg. 124, sign in at front desk)

Grad Adviser Drop-In Service: Monday thru Thursday, 1-3pm (Bldg. 124, sign in at front desk)

Resume Clinics every quarter at Career Services (see website for dates)

every quarter at Career Services (see website for dates) Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Building 124

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Building 124

756-2501 x4

Sample Career Resume

Levi Lorenz, EIT

4321 Islay • San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 • (805) 544-1234 •


A career position in Industrial Engineering in the biomedical industry

Summary of Qualifications

Engineering work experience in a high-tech manufacturing environment

Experience with the design, installation, and improvement of industrial systems that integrate people, technology, materials, and information

Extensive hands-on project work involving efficiency, work design and measurement, industrial costs and controls, data management and system design, ergonomics, statistics and operations research

Experience with customer service, sales techniques, and interpersonal social skills

EIT Certified # 654321


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, June 2011

Major GPA: 3.6

Overall GPA: 3.4

Dean’s List – 4 quarters

Industrial Engineering Experience

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Co-op

Alcon Laboratories, Cataract Operations Division – Irvine, CA

Spring/Summer 2010

Designed and implemented a new mixed-model assembly line to accommodate a new product

Reorganized inventory system to prevent material shortages while minimizing on-hand inventory

Completed various other industrial and manufacturing projects to support the Cataract assembly line

Gave several presentations to upper management, supervisors, and team members

Senior Project – Cal Poly

Developing a Decision Support System Software tool using Microsoft Excel and Access to create a small scale, but highly practical, ERP system

The software will have an MRP engine, which will be integrated and linked with financial analysis of customer orders, supply chain costs, direct labor costs, inventory costs and overhead costs

Technical Group Projects – Cal Poly

Developed alternative layouts for C&D Aerospace’s Dado Assembly Area while optimizing man hours and material flow

Created Material Requirements Planning Program for three product structures containing parts with independent and dependent demand

Used Operations Research Techniques to determine the best combination of foods to include in a Meal Ready to Eat

Redesigned an alarm clock to be more ergonomically correct

Developed and recommended improvements to an existing workstation located at DiOptics Medical Products

Technical Skills

Created a working database using Microsoft Access for given production systems

Proficient using: Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Minitab & CAD/CAM computer systems

Leadership / Involvement

Vice-President, Alpha Pi Mu - Industrial Engineering Honor Society

Increased membership by 20% through creative marketing

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

Cal Poly Intramural Soccer and Basketball

Other Work Experience

Server – F. McClintocks, San Luis Obispo - Worked 20-25 hours per week while attending school full-time (1/08-12/09)