Mechanical Engineering CV Sample and Guide
Engineering is a hot field today, as one of the four STEM pillars. With many different disciplines, it is also a complex and varied one. In Singapore, one of the more ‘popular’ specialisations I’ve seen more frequently is that of mechanical engineering. Even within this specialisation, a lot of sub-specialties exist too – one could be an AutoCAD specialist/designer/drafter, project manager, structural analyst, cross over into mechatronics, etc. This makes it particularly important to position your profile properly, and give the correct insights into your skillsets and abilities.
Some key points to note – as engineering is a very project-based profession, it’s more difficult to quantify one’s achievements and contributions and put those on your CV. If you’ve read my other CV breakdowns or my Ultimate Guide to CV Writing, you’d notice that I put a lot of emphasis on including achievements, statistics, and metrics. These are crucial to any good CV. They show how you’ve contributed and thus why you should be hired.
In the case of engineering, rather than talking about the project’s dollar value (although that’s a great metric to have!), one alternative approach I adopt is the Significant Projects method. This highlights the most significant projects (hence the name) that you’ve worked on, and is a good alternative if you don’t have any numbers or stats to hand. This strategy allows you to demonstrate that you’ve contributed actively, and if your project is particularly well known or high-key within the industry, so much the better! This approach is a slightly trimmed down version of the one I use with project managers’ CVs. The amount of detail we include varies on a case by case basis, depending on the overarching writing strategy you want to adopt.
Today, I’ll be taking you through a mechanical engineer’s CV I recently worked on, where my client graciously allowed me to use his profile as a demo. I’ve changed a few details here and there for illustration purposes, but the logic and reasoning are mostly intact. You can adapt the thinking and tips/tricks to writing your own resume. If you need an extra opinion, feel free to reach out to me at russel (at) resumewriter.sg, or by dropping me a message here.
My comments and thought process are [formatted like this]; keep an eye out for that!
Note: In this CV sample, you may notice several large gaps or excessive white space in between pages. This is due to the way my web host uploads and displays my screenshots. In your actual CV, you should include white space to make your CV readable, but there is no need to leave the same amount of space between pages as you see in this CV sample.
Let’s jump right into it! Here’s the fully annotated mechanical engineer’s CV sample:
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And we’re done with the sample! Apart from mechanical engineering, I’ve also been writing guides and doing CV breakdowns for other engineering disciplines, like oil and gas, electrical engineering, and civil engineering. Keep an eye out for the refreshed CV samples and resume guides from those areas!
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About the Mechanical Engineer Role
Mechanical Engineering covers very diverse technical areas. This field of engineering involves the design, manufacturing and operations of practically all structures with moving parts, from minute microelectromechanical sensors to heavy equipment and aircrafts.
Some of the major areas where the services of mechanical engineers are vital are in power systems, energy, air conditioning, automation, automotive, facilities maintenance and many others. Mechanical engineers are sought after in almost all manufacturing industries, in the energy and transportation sectors, and even in buildings where facilities are installed.
Prospective employers will most naturally prefer multi-faceted candidates who can handle most mechanical engineering activities. But in reality, it is difficult to find one who has the complete mechanical engineering disciplines and experience. It is important, therefore, for an applicant to differentiate himself from the rest of the competition and specify his areas of strength and his potentials to be able to take on more roles than he has previously experienced.
What Hiring Managers Look For in Mechanical Engineer Resumes
- Problem Solving Skills: Engineers are expected to be able to find creative technical solutions to problems they are presented with, in the course of their work. Cite your effective application of your analytical skills in projects or assignments you led or were involved in. You’d have noticed this in the sample – note how I talked about his problem solving abilities and skills in the executive summary. Whenever possible, substantiate these with concrete examples and projects you have worked on. In this case, I wasn’t able to include any, as John wanted to keep them confidential. Be sure to note your company’s confidentiality clauses too, when talking about your projects.
- Quick Thinking Ability: Aside from good analytical skills, potential employers also look for candidates who can think on their feet. Engineers are expected to provide immediate action to avoid disruption of operations such as in production lines or services such as in air conditioning or elevators. It will be to your advantage to show employers you have this skill, in your resume.
- Leadership: Many of the activities you will undertake as a mechanical engineer in the company will need to be accomplished with and through other people. Show through your resume how you demonstrated your coordinating skills and leadership skills.
- Being Innovative: A dynamic mechanical engineer challenges the status quo and initiates innovations to the existing process. List the engineering projects you managed, if any, and the innovations you introduced with the improvements to the company’s operations they resulted in.
Additional Mechanical Engineer Resume Writing Tips
- Proofread and double or triple-check your CV. Engineers are expected to have a good eye for detail, and to be accurate and precise. You cannot afford to make any mistakes – no formatting errors, no careless spelling/grammar slip-ups, etc. Those reflect poorly on the CV and hence the candidate – from the employer’s point of view, if a candidate makes basic errors on his/her CV, what’s to prevent them from making similar errors in their actual work? Your CV is the first impression you make. Don’t waste it!
- List down and describe all the skills relevant to the position you apply for, including the certifications related to your technical skills, such as, CAD, machine shop fabrication, welding, refrigeration, and materials processing.
- Also indicate in your resume the equipment you have worked with, such as, generators, motors, boilers, air handling units, chillers, elevators, heavy equipment, kilns, presses, etc.
- Do not assume that all the readers of your resume are engineers. They are not. Avoid the use of too many technical jargons.
Mechanical Engineer Job Opportunities
- Scour websites like JobsDB or Jobstreet for engineering jobs and opportunities. You may also want to check out our complete list of job sites in Singapore to help you get started.
- Alternatively, you can reach out to these headhunters in Singapore to learn about any vacancies they may be trying to fill out.
Job Hunting Tips from our Resident Headhunter
- Create a winning cover letter and send it along your resume. The cover letter will serve as an introduction about yourself and is a great venue to answer the question “Why should we hire you?”
- Be active on social media, particularly on LinkedIn. Make sure to create a strong online profile that represents you and you professional experiences. Here’s our comprehensive guides on finding jobs through social media and writing a great LinkedIn profile.
- Keep working hard. Get ahead of the competition.
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