As a civil engineer, you will be responsible for planning, designing, developing and maintaining large construction projects such as roads, bridges, buildings and transportation links.
Competition is very high for this job so we have created this easy-to-follow guide to give you all the necessary information, tips and examples to help you write your perfect civil engineer CV and secure more job interviews for this role. Let’s get started!
I am a highly self-motivated, focused and innovative Civil Engineer with vast experience in engineering design; from the initial conceptual stage and feasibility study through to the detailed final design. I have a passion for learning and developing new and existing skills, and I enjoy problem-solving using established analytical methods and engineering principles. I am keen to secure a challenging role in an engineering firm that offers early responsibilities and a progressive career path.
1st class Honours in BSc Civil Engineering from University of Derby
Peer Mentor in Engineering, 2013
Student Ambassador for two consecutive years; 2013 and 2014
2012 – 2015
BSc Civil Engineering
University of Derby
Grade achieved: [1st Class Hons]
Construction CAD and Personal Development
Quantity Surveying Practice and Personal Development
Infrastructure Surveying and Asset Management
Building and Environmental Engineering
Engineering Materials and Structural Mechanics
Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering
Analytical Work on Calculations Relating to Structures
Geology or Land Surveying
Computer drawing and related software packages
2010 – 2012 Results: Maths: A* Physics: A IT: B
2003 – 2010 Results: 14 GCSEs at Grades A*-C, including Maths (A*) and English (B)
Albert High School
Mar 2016 – Present
Civil Engineer O’Keefe Construction
Main duties performed:
Working with clients, contractors, architects, local authorities and external agencies on various renovation and new build projects
Creating 2D and 3D drawings and designs using AutoCAD and SolidWorks amongst other design packages
Designing concrete structural elements, e.g. foundation, beams and walls
Liaising with external agencies for design services and consultation
Providing technical assistance to members of a multi-disciplined design team
Presenting design to clients, senior engineers and project managers
Performing assessments on the structural integrity of buildings
Performing regular site visits, inspections, audits and surveys
Performing general construction duties on sites
Supervising junior staff, contractors and subcontractors
Working towards strict deadlines, often under continues pressure
Overseeing construction works being completed on site
Establishing a project brief and budget proposals before the start of a project
Assessing the potential risks of projects
Attending regular multi-disciplined meetings to discuss projects
Regularly checking progress of works according to the schedule
Managing budgets and other project resources
Maintaining safety on site through promoting a safety culture
Jun 2015 – Feb 2016
Assistant Site Engineer Al Hamad Construction
Main duties performed:
Performing general construction duties across various sites
Shadowing the Senior Site Engineer in his day-to-day activities
Gaining insight into the construction industry
Making sure that the factory work was in agreement with the original ITP’s
Level 4 NVQ Employability Skills – City & Guilds
Site Environmental Awareness Training (SEAT)
First Aid at Work – St. John’s Ambulance
Level 2 ECDL – BCS
Communication: I have a proven ability in effective communication, diagrammatically, verbally and in written form. I have successfully communicated, liaised and worked with various professionals from all backgrounds and with a variety of different skill sets.
IT and Design: I have excellent working knowledge of the following computer programs: Microsoft Office packages, AutoCAD 2D/3D, Navisworks, REVIT, Cyclone 3D Lazer Scanning, SolidWorks, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Management: I have the natural ability to mentor, develop, inspire and lead groups of people to achieve the objectives set by the organisation. I am a friendly, approachable and inspiring professional and I lead my team by example.
Due to my enduring passion for engineering, I enjoy building upon my knowledge of various computer programs that I can utilise to further my career in the industry. I also enjoy playing a number of sports, including tennis and indoor hockey.
Mr William Campbell Senior Engineer, O’Keefe Construction Address: 23 Edmund Rd, Clay, C48 19Q Tel: 0733 7680 3478 Email:[email protected]
Mr Hans Fries Construction Supervisor, Al Hamad Construction Address: 6 Corner St, Leeds, Q10 3CC Tel: 0733 6575 0452 Email:[email protected]
Adopt a traditional CV format: Unconventional CVs catch employers off guard and make it harder for them to find the important information that they are seeking. Adopting a standard/traditional CV format, on the other hand, are a format that employers are familiar with and can use their previous exposure to them as a reference point to find the information that they need. This is very important, especially as employer surveys have shown that recruiters only tend to read each CV for around 30 seconds.
Only include relevant information on your CV: You have limited space on your CV so make sure that you omit/remove any irrelevant or outdated information. Your CV should only contain your most important information presented in a clear, structured manner. Any additional information you can include on your cover letter or share with the employer at the interview stage. Examples of irrelevant information include your date of birth, age, marital status, gender and nationality. Examples of outdated information include part-time jobs in unrelated fields from a long time ago and school-level qualifications if you now have a university degree. Remember, when in doubt, leave it out!
Make your CV easy to read: Your CV should be easy to read, scan and navigate. Don’t be tempted to cram as much information as you can with the aim of impressing the employer. This will cause information overload and get your CV rejected! Break down any big, chunky paragraphs into smaller ones by using short sentences, bullet points and subheadings.
Keep an eye on the length of your CV: The ideal length of your CV should not exceed more than 2 A4 pages. If you run out of space on your CV, you can omit voluntary sections such as the hobbies and interests section (see below). You can also omit writing your references on your CV by stating, “References are available upon request” at the end of your CV. This will free up more prime space on your CV for more important information that will add value to your application.
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I am a highly competent graduate civil engineer with a proven track record in planning, designing, developing and maintaining construction projects. I am a natural leader, demonstrated in my ability to supervise a team of twelve construction staff at a busy construction site. I possess excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to work with people from all backgrounds. My expertise includes establishing project requirements, carrying out feasibility studies and developing detailed blueprints using computer-aided design (CAD).
Elected for leadership positions (project manager, team leader, etc.)
Learned a new skill or solved a problem
Improved business efficiency or performance
Completed work on time and within budget
Awarded Chartered Engineer (CEng) status by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Over 5,000 hours of relevant work experience in the construction industry
Elected project manager on numerous occasions at C&G Buildings
Employment and work experience
The employment and work experience part of your CV contains details of your previous jobs and work experience.
This section is important for two reasons.
First, certain jobs require relevant work experience so employers will be able to tell at a glance whether an applicant is suitable for the job or not. This will speed up the selection process for the job.
Second, having worked in a company before – even in an unrelated field or industry – demonstrates to the employer that you have certain skills that make you employable, for example, teamwork skills. Employers highly valuable transferable skills so don’t worry if you don’t have work experience in the same job or industry; employers value all types of work experience.
Types of work to include in this section:
Full-time and part-time jobs
Unpaid and voluntary jobs
Professional work placements
September 2020 – Present
Civil engineer C&G Buildings
Main duties and responsibilities performed:
Planned, designed and managed construction projects, including roads, bridges, tunnels, damns, buildings, power plants and railways.
Undertook technical feasibility studies before the start of projects
Performed complex calculations to ensure the accuracy of plans
Performed risk assessment on sites and buildings
Produced details blueprints and drawings
Supervised a team of construction workers and contractors
Note: It’s recommended to ask your references for permission before using them as your references. Not only is it good manners but it will also make the conversation between the employer and your reference more pleasant and less awkward.
Tailor your CV to match the needs of the job: Look at the job advert and identify the skills, abilities and experience that are required for the job and then mention them on your CV where appropriate. Also, your CV should contain the same key terms and phrases as the job advert, further strengthening the impression that you are the ideal candidate for the role.
Write a tailored cover letter with each CV: Sending a cover letter with your application is an effective way to improve the impact of your CV as it will act as an introduction letter to your CV. The letter informs the employer about the reason for your application, your key strengths and abilities and why they should consider you for the role. Not many applicants send cover letters so make sure you’re the one who does.
Proofread: It is essential that you proofread your CV for grammar and spelling mistakes, especially as you’re applying for a role in which attention to detail is very important. Imagine if employers get the impression that you will be making typos on your technical drawings just like did on your CV!
Showcase your portfolio at the interview: You should never go empty-handed to a job interview. Remember, a job interview is your chance to sell yourself so bring with you your portfolio containing examples of past projects/works which will impress the employer. As they say, seeing is better than hearing!
Written by Sobhan Mohmand Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).
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