Engineering Cover Letter Examples

Updated February 12, 2021

Job prospects for engineers depend on the specific type of engineering work. Employment for nuclear engineers is expected to decline by 13% from 2019 to 2029, while positions for industrial engineers are likely to grow by 10% during the same period. The average growth for all engineering occupations is around 3%.

No matter what type of engineering you specialize in, you’re likely to face competition when applying for jobs. Our downloadable cover letter samples can help you improve your engineering cover letter and impress the recruiters. In addition to our cover letter examples, you can also find advice on how to best structure a dynamic engineering cover letter.

Downloadable Cover Letters

No Experience
Engineering_No-Exp.pdf

Example #1 No Experience

2-3 Years
Engineering_2-3-Years.pdf

Example #2 2-3 Years

5-10 Years
Engineering_5-10-Years.pdf

Example #3 5-10 Years

10+ Years
Engineering_10-Years.pdf

Example #4 10+ Years

Engineering Cover Letter Examples (Text Format)

Years of Experience
  • No Experience 0
  • 2-3 Years 2-3
  • 5-10 Years 5-10
  • 10+ Years 10+

David Kubowitz
Acoustic Engineer | [email protected] | (123) 920-2356 | 90 Progress Street, Delaware, 98243

January 11, 2021

Inga Goldman
Talent Specialist
Aecom Acoustics
(734) 232-3291
[email protected]

Dear Ms. Goldman,

After finishing at the top of my acoustic engineering course, I was given a special award of recognition by the dean of the College of Engineering to commemorate the dedication I showed to my studies. I aim to bring the same diligence to my role at Aecom.

Infrastructure is the foundation of a healthy economy, and I would be proud to work for such an esteemed enterprise as Aecom, with its worldwide reputation for excellence. Following on the resounding successes of my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, I’m ready to apply what I’ve learned in a practical setting. Here are a few of my accomplishments that I’d bring to Aecom:

  • I have a working knowledge of sound level meters, CAD software, loggers limiters, vibrometers, and accelerometers, thanks to my internship at Greitzing, Inc.
  • I’ve conducted data analysis on major railway and other key construction projects through class projects.
  • I enjoy working under pressure and won’t stop until I find the solution to a problem.

It would be my pleasure to meet with you for an interview at your convenience so I can tell you more about my ambitions and goals and how they align with Aecom’s mission statement. Please let me know a time that’s best for you.

All the best,

David Kubowitz, M.A., IoDE, IoA

P.S. I’d love to explain the methodology I used that allowed me to consistently extract more useful information from acoustic data than many of my peers.

Lucy Parry
Manufacturing Engineer | [email protected] | (123) 456-7890 | 987 My Road, San Francisco, CA 56789

January 11, 2021

Agatha Bryant
Senior Hiring Manager
Invitae
(111) 222-3333
[email protected]

Dear Ms. Bryant,

Reducing product defects by 43% and cutting manufacturing costs by 25% were two of my most significant career achievements in 2020. I am excited to achieve similar triumphs in an engineering role at Invitae.

With three years of experience improving productivity and product quality in my current role, I am attracted to Invitae’s excellent reputation for improving health care using perfectly-engineered medical products. I believe that my dedication and attention to detail will make me an asset to the Invitae team. Some of my previous successes include:

  • Spearheading a machine redesign project that increased output by 43% in 2020
  • Applying Lean Manufacturing methods to cut cycle time by 39%
  • Generating 23 system improvements that reduced client complaints and returns by 30%

I look forward to scheduling a meeting to discuss how my previous experience and technical knowledge can further Invitae’s goal to enable outstanding medical care for countless patients worldwide. Please feel free to get in touch to arrange a convenient interview date.

Sincerely,

Lucy Parry

P.S. I would love to explain why I was named the highest-performing newly-qualified engineer in my company in 2018.     

James Logan
Software Engineer | [email protected] | (123) 456 -7890 | 123 Main Street, New York, NY 12345

January 11, 2021

Alex Dennison
HR Manager
ABC International
(987) 654-3210
[email protected]

Dear Mr. Dennison,

I led the development of three high-traffic websites that currently provide e-commerce solutions to over 12 million users each month. I hope to bring a similar level of success to software and website development projects within ABC International.

I am known for my client communication skills, and I have been involved in a number of presentations and proposals to potential and current clients. I believe that these skills would make me a valuable addition to your IT team at ABC International.

Some of my accomplishments include:

  • Leading the development of a proprietary document management system
  • Implemented an automated bug tracking system that helped to identify potential software issues early in the development cycle. This resulted in a 34% reduction in the number of days between the project start and production launch.
  • Nine years of experience in developing user-friendly software and website solutions on time and on budget

I would like to show you how my technical and communication skills would benefit ABC International. Please, feel free to contact me with a meeting time that would suit your schedule.

Best regards,

James Logan

P.S. I look forward to telling you how I designed a program to enhance security for network users.

Aida Ross
Mechanical Engineer | [email protected] | (123) 456-7890 | 123 West Street, Detroit, MI 12345

January 11, 2021

James Taylor
Senior Hiring Manager
J & R Consultants
(987) 654-3210
[email protected]

Dear Mr. Taylor,

I have had a progressively more responsible career in mechanical engineering with the General Motors Corporation, where I have contributed to the engineering in the development of three new car models. I am highly experienced in all facets of new vehicle engineering, from concept to production stages.

Your job description perfectly suits my qualifications and experience level. I am sure that I would be an excellent addition to the engineering team at J & R Consultants. I bring a wealth of experience that would help the company reach short and long-term manufacturing goals.

Most recently, I have:

  • Developed and processed plans for a range of “smart” vehicle upgrades and alterations
  • Assisted in the development and production of three new vehicles, the Spark 2018, the Cadillac 2019, and the Hummer EV
  • Helped to create a new project budget system that significantly reduced the costs of new vehicle development
  • Built a rapport with colleagues around the world, with frequent work travel to Australia and Japan

Please contact me at your earliest convenience to arrange a team to meet and discuss the engineering knowledge and abilities that I could bring to your team.

Best regards,

Aida Ross

P.S. I look forward to telling you how I got short listed for a Hoover Medal.

Engineering Cover Letter Checklist

All great engineering cover letters have five main elements to ensure they contain all the information a hiring manager needs:

1. Heading. A professional template can help this information stand out. Be sure to include:

  • Your name, title, and contact details
  • The date you wrote the letter
  • The details of the addressee

2. Salutation. Try to find the hiring manager’s name, either on the job advertisement or the company website, so you can address them by name. Use “Dear Hiring Manager” if you can’t find this detail.

3. Introduction. Use the initial paragraph to introduce yourself and your enthusiasm for the position so that you can pique the interest of the hiring manager right from the start.

4. Body paragraphs. These two paragraphs should provide more information about your interest in the company, as well as your relevant experience, skills, and education. A bulleted list can break up text and allow the hiring manager to see important points quickly. 

5. Closing section. This is your chance to invite further action from the hiring manager by asking them to invite you for an interview. A postscript is an extra step that lets you leave a lasting impression. Consider using one to feature one final achievement that ends on a high note.

Introduction

Your introduction needs to entice the hiring manager and convince them to keep reading. The best way to do that is to choose one of your top accomplishments to feature and use it as a stepping stone to express your interest in the position. Choose an achievement that’s quantifiable and demonstrates that you can be successful in the workplace and avoid simple facts that are already on your resume.

Good


One of the greatest achievements of my career was redesigning the factory floor layout, which increased overall productivity by 14% and decreased workplace safety incidents by 25%. I hope to bring that level of success and innovation to AB Industries.

Bad


I’m writing to express my interest in the engineering job at AB Industries. I have five years of experience in engineering to bring to the position.

Body Paragraphs

The first body paragraph is when you can demonstrate your enthusiasm for the position. Be specific about why you want the job and express your admiration for the organization.

The next paragraph is where you should highlight your accomplishments. Read the company’s job description to discover their key priorities, and always choose experience and skills that are relevant. Try to mention achievements that have a quantifiable outcome and include the positive consequences so the hiring manager can see the success you could bring to their company.

Good


With five years of engineering experience and a reputation for innovation, I’m drawn to AB Industries’ use of the newest technologies to improve their output without sacrificing quality. The company’s focus on sustainable solutions and continuous improvement fits perfectly with my passion for solution-driven engineering. 

 

I’m eager to bring sustainable success to the AB Industries team. My past achievements include:

  • Using Statistical Process Control methodology to reduce waste by 42% 
  • Implementing efficiency enhancements that decreased costs by 10%
  • Suggesting alterations to the product design that led to a decrease in production time of 11% and an improved final product

Bad


My years of experience as an engineer have given me the ability to meet many challenges, and I would love to bring that experience to AB Industries. 

 

My current responsibilities include:

  • Improving factory processes
  • Working with the design team to determine production needs
  • Providing technical leadership for the company

Closing

If you use the closing to just thank the hiring manager for their time, you’re wasting an opportunity. Instead, use the paragraph to suggest the hiring manager schedule an interview with you, encouraging the next step.

One way to draw the hiring manager’s eye is to add a postscript. Include one final accomplishment that demonstrates your value and leaves a lasting impression.

Good


I’d appreciate the opportunity to talk about how my skills and experience can help AB Industries continue to be a manufacturing leader. Please feel free to contact me to set up an interview at a time that works for your schedule.

 

Regards,

Jane Doe, P.E.

 

P.S. I’d love to explain how I helped increase yearly output by 10% through streamlining processes.

Bad


Thank you for taking the time to consider my application. I look forward to hearing from you further about the position.

 

Kind regards,

Jane Doe, P.E.