Awesome Resume Ideas For the Civil Engineer

Example — Entry Level Engineer

This section contains an example of a resume for a recently graduated civil engineer. A recent graduate is not expected to have many

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years of experience, so it is often expected that education will be listed first. Assuming your GPA is above 3.0, it should be listed on the resume. If it is lower than 3.0, you may try listing your major GPA if it is higher, or just leaving the number off altogether. If you do list your major GPA, make sure to specify as such, since you don't want to mislead employers.

Recent graduates should strive to keep the length of their resumes to about one page in length. If the resume is too long, you can try bringing out the margins or using a slightly smaller font. However, margins should not be less than .5" and font no smaller than 11. On the subject of fonts, a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial is best. Avoid non-standard fonts, as employers' computers may not support the fonts.

Clubs and sport teams are great additions to an entry-level resume, even if they aren't engineering-specific. Make sure to list any leadership experience you have, as employers often seek out leaders. For example, if you were the president of a club or a team captain, make a bullet point under the activity.

Finally, list all relevant experience. If you haven't had any prior internships, it's fine to list summer jobs. Don't spend too much time on these, however, because engineering firms aren't likely to care about your pizza delivering expertise.

Sample:

John Doe

430 Main Street New York, NY

555-555-5555 John.Doe@gmail.com

SUMMARY: Highly-motivated recent graduate with skills in CAD and computer programming seeking full-time engineering position

EDUCATION

New Jersey University

Dates attended: August 2007 – May 2011

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3.32

Advanced Engineering Coursework

Mechanical Behavior of Composites………………Modeling, Simulation, and Control

Heat Transfer……………………………………………. Structural Dynamics and Vibration

Machine Elements……………………………………….Thermal Systems Design

Computational Structural Mechanics……………….Fluid Mechanics

EXPERIENCE

Mechanical Engineer Intern – Generic Engineering Co. May – August 2010

  • Interpreted and created engineering drawings using AutoCAD
  • Applied engineering techniques to wastewater system design

Senior Design ProjectFall 2010

  • Designed a suspension bridge and conducted FEA using ANSYS
  • Awarded first prize in end-of-course competition

SKILLS

CAD: Skilled with Solidworks and SolidEdge. Experience with AutoCAD and ANSYS

Software known: Skilled Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and Powerpoint, as well as Matlab.

Language: Proficient in English and German (written and oral)

ACTIVITIES

Engineers Without Borders — Campus branch treasurer

NCAA Track and Field — Four year varsity athlete

HONORS AND AWARDS

Dean's List honoree

(Here is where you can indicate summa or magna graduation, special awards or scholarship, and outstanding achievements)

Example — Experienced Engineer

The design of a resume for an experienced civil engineer follows similar rules as that of an entry level engineer. The focus of the experienced engineer's resume is different, however: education is minimized and work experience takes center stage. Experienced engineers may also extend their resumes past one page as long as the added length allows them to convey important information. A typical resume for an experienced professional is about two pages long.

Licenses are especially important for civil engineers. If you are a Professional Engineer (PE) or Engineer in Training (EIT) make sure to list that on your resume. Many jobs for civil engineers require a PE or EIT, so it's important that employers know if you hold a license.

Although the jobs listed on this resume example have just a few bullet points each, list as many accomplishments as you find necessary. Whenever possible, try to use action verbs and list a numerical value for your accomplishment. For example, rather than indicating that you've managed projects, it is better to be specific:

  • Managed projects generating $50 million in revenue for firm

Sample Experienced Civil Engineer Resume

John Doe, PE

430 Main Street New York, NY

555-555-5555 John.Doe@gmail.com

SUMMARY: Experienced Civil Engineer with Professional Engineering license with experience in wastewater treatment system design

seeking challenging position with managerial responsibilities

WORK EXPERIENCE

Waste Systems Engineering Manager — Wastewater Design, Inc. 2005 – Present

    • Responsible for design of systems ranging in value from $200,000 to $2,000,000
    • Managed team of 5 engineers and trained new hires
    • Conducted field assessments of job sites

Civil Engineer — Cubit Engineers 2000 – 2005

    • Conducted technical analysis of soil samples and hydrological data for use by engineering team
    • Developed system designs according to customer specifications
    • Acted as supervisor on-site for construction

Junior Civil Engineer — New York Public Works Department 1997 – 2000

    • Carried out site inspections and performed field surveying
    • Prepared engineering reports
    • Supervised construction projects for the city of New York

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Lotus Notes, Microsoft Access
  • AutoCAD, Solid Works, Revit
  • Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel)
  • ANSYS, Abaqus/CAE

EDUCATION

New York State University

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

Class of 1997

These sample resumes should give you a good idea of how to design your personal resume. Of course, as with any document many different styles exist, and some people prefer different design types. If you have another resume style you prefer, please feel free to comment below this article.

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Entry Level Civil Engineer Resume Example

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Sources

Résumé Design from The Owl at Purdue.

Work Experience Section from The Owl at Purdue.

Vaas, Lisa. How Long Should Your Resume Be? from TheLadders.com.