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  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

Oliver Green, PE
(989) 876-5454 | [email protected] | Charlotte, NC 93402 | www.linkedin.com/example

Profile

Licensed environmental engineer with nine years of experience designing processes for public health, recycling, waste disposal, and pollution control. Build strong relationships with city planners, waste technicians, business directors, and environmental scientists. Skilled at gathering, analyzing, and summarizing site data into detailed and accurate field reports. Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish. Master of Environmental Engineering.

Key Skills 

  • Cross-functional coordination
  • Environmental investigation
  • Environmental policy
  • Project review and management
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Team collaboration

Professional Experience

Environmental Engineer, Urban Environmental Consulting, Charlotte, NC | May 2018 to Present
[Award-winning consulting firm with 40+ employees]

  • Conduct field assessments based on project specifications
  • Manage engineering team and contractors for projects investigating air, soil, and water quality
  • Analyze data and develop environmental reports for clients and local and federal agencies

Highlight:

  • Designed innovative recycling program that reduced solid and hazardous waste disposal by 75%

Environmental Engineer, City of Springfield, Springfield, NC | September 2014 to April 2018

  • Monitored and controlled wastewater and waste air per environmental laws
  • Inspected facilities, evaluated data, and prepared environmental reports for executives and the public

Highlight:

  • Collaborated with geologists on a waste management program that reduced waste by 45%

Education

Master of Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD | 2014

Bachelor of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA | 2012

Certification

Licensed Professional Engineer — Environmental Engineering, State of North Carolina | 2021

Language

Fluency in Spanish

How To Write an Engineering Resume

To write a good resume for engineering jobs, you’ll need to show you can design complex systems based on deep technical knowledge. The tips and examples below can be helpful to improve your engineering resume. They provide guidance on what information to include in each section of your resume.

1. Craft an outstanding profile with a summary of your engineering qualifications

A strong profile section will catch the hiring manager’s interest by giving the top reasons you excel as an engineer. What is your approach to the process of technical design? How has that helped you create sophisticated machines or structures in your engineering discipline?

Consider how you apply math or science principles to find real-world solutions. For instance, maybe you’ve built a reputation for working with cities on more environmentally friendly infrastructure. Or perhaps you’re focused on developing robotics to help manufacturers raise efficiency. Whatever your key strengths as an engineer, feature them in your profile section, and you can persuade the recipient of your resume to read it more closely.

Mechanical Engineering Profile Example


Mechanical engineer focused on finding robotics solutions to environmental and human problems. Demonstrated success collaborating with diverse teams to complete projects ahead of tight deadlines. Naturally curious and committed to gaining and applying new expertise. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Environmental Engineering Profile Example


Licensed environmental engineer with nine years of experience designing processes for public health, recycling, waste disposal, and pollution control. Build strong relationships with city planners, waste technicians, business directors, and environmental scientists. Skilled at gathering, analyzing, and summarizing site data into detailed and accurate field reports. Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish. Master of Environmental Engineering.

2. Showcase your engineering experience

The experience section is where you can convince hiring managers you’re qualified by giving detailed examples of your success in engineering. For each relevant job in your work history, brainstorm the specific products, equipment, or processes you developed. How did these projects mark an innovation or technical advancement? What was their outcome, and how did they help solve practical challenges for your company or customers? By answering these questions, you can give hiring managers a sense of the impact you’d have as an engineer at their organization.

Experience Example


Environmental Engineer, Urban Environmental Consulting, Charlotte, NC | May 2018 to present

[Award-winning consulting firm with over 40 employees]

  • Conduct field assessments based on project specifications
  • Manage engineering team and contractors for projects investigating air, soil, and water quality
  • Analyze data and develop environmental reports for clients and local and federal agencies

Highlight:

  • Designed innovative recycling program that reduced solid and hazardous waste disposal by 75%

With the education and certifications sections, you can assure hiring managers that your technical design work has a strong knowledge base. Give basic details on your college degree(s), along with any courses, dissertations, or academic projects relevant to your target engineering role. Also, specify whether you’re an Engineer in Training (EIT) or a Professional Engineer (PE).

The following are templates and examples to help you format your education and certification details on your resume. Note that optional template areas appear in [brackets].

Education

Template

  • Degree Name — [Major], School Name, City, ST | [Year]
  • [Thesis or Dissertation]
  • [Relevant Coursework or Projects]

Example

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA | 2012

Certification

Template

  • Certification Name or Title, [Awarding Organization] | [Year]

Example

  • Licensed Professional Engineer — Environmental Engineering, State of North Carolina | 2021

Include a “Key Skills” (or “Areas of Expertise”) section on your resume to show the various engineering tools and methods you use. With this section, you can also emphasize your branch of engineering and the general math or science concepts behind it. Below are some common terms to consider for your engineering skills section:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
3D modeling Civil engineering
Complex problem-solving Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
Cross-functional coordination Data gathering and analysis
Design calculations Design development
Engineering Product Data Management (EPDM) software Environmental engineering
Environmental science Infrastructure development
Mathematics Mechanical engineering
Mechatronics design New system development
Physics Process streamlining
Product improvement and maintenance Production validation
Project and program management Public speaking and presentations
Regulatory compliance Task prioritization
Team collaboration Technical writing and reporting
Time management  

5. Keep your job descriptions jargon-free

One of the most common mistakes on engineer resumes is using jargon or long technical words when a short one would do. A classic example is people using the words “utilize” or “utilization” instead of “use.”

Jargon is tempting for engineers because the field is complex and technical. Whatever your branch of engineering, it probably has plenty of specialized terms with no simpler option (e.g., “mechatronics”). These terms are acceptable for your resume if they speak to your goals. The problem is when you trade short, simple words for long and clunky terms or phrases. By doing this, you make it harder for the hiring manager to read or understand your resume. Here are six more common examples of jargon:

change –> adjustment, modification
goal –> objective
launch –> establishment, implementation
law –> regulation
skill –> capability
task, duty –> responsibility

Don’t worry about jargon when you first draft each job description but keep it in mind later when you’re reviewing and editing what you’ve written. For any long word you’ve used, pause and ask: Is there a shorter synonym? This habit will help you make your resume a clear, concise record of what you offer employers.

Example:

Bad


  • Utilized advanced project coordination capabilities to establish viable objectives and schedules

Good


  • Used strong project management skills to set viable goals and schedules

How To Pick the Best Engineering Resume Template

As with most vocations, engineers should use a simple and straightforward resume template. Opt for a visual template that lets the hiring manager quickly review your best career details. Select a clear resume font, and avoid any template with an overly colorful or elaborate design.

Frequently Asked Questions: Engineering Resume Examples and Advice

What are common action verbs for engineering resumes?-

For engineers, the best resume verbs will have to do with designing complex devices or systems – for example, “configured,” “innovated,” or “invented.” But there are various others you might use to describe your duties and contributions in this field. The following list can help you find the right mix of action verbs for your resume:

Action Verbs
Analyzed Built
Calculated Collaborated
Communicated Configured
Constructed Created
Designed Developed
Devised Diagnosed
Enhanced Established
Executed Explored
Generated Implemented
Improved Innovated
Introduced Invented
Launched Managed
Organized Planned
Presented Produced
Reported Resolved
Solved Streamlined
Strengthened Structured
Supervised Tested
How do you align your resume with a job posting?-

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that jobs in architecture and engineering will increase by about 4% between 2021 and 2031. This growth rate is roughly the same as the average for all U.S. jobs.

You can get more engineering job interviews if you tailor your resume for each application. One great way to do this is by adding brief descriptions of your past employers in brackets next to or below the employer’s name.

Employer descriptions let you show any similarities between your past organizations and the one that posted the job. For example, maybe you’ve worked at organizations of a similar size or in the same industry or sector. Or perhaps you’ve worked for organizations with a similar mission or leadership philosophy. By working these details into your descriptions, you can make your resume more relevant to the job opening.

What is the best engineering resume format?-

In nearly all cases, use a Combination (or Hybrid) resume because it’s easiest for hiring managers to learn about your pertinent skills and experience. It’s also simplest for you to modify based on your job goals.

With the Combination format, you highlight your most relevant skills and experience in your Experience or Work History section and an intro section. (This combination of work history and intro content is where the format gets its name.) Your resume intro should include a Profile summary and Key Skills section, but you may also include an Awards or Career Highlights section.

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Expert Advice
Include a cover letter with your resume

To increase your chances of an interview for engineering jobs, write and submit a strong cover letter. The key to an effective letter is customizing it based on each job opening. Read our engineering cover letter guide to learn how. For other related examples, see our civil engineering and mechanical engineering cover letter guides.

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