An engineer cover letter should accompany every application you complete and each resume you send to a potential employer. It is essentially your introduction and should explain who you are, why you are interested in working for the company and any value or benefit you believe you could bring to the organization. Do not simply reiterate your resume in the cover letter, but make the letter have a more personal touch highlighting your most relevant skills, abilities and experience. Here are some engineer cover letter samples that you can use as guides when you are ready to write your own letter.
Example 1 – Target to Company
This engineer cover letter example is from an experienced engineer who designs conveyor systems for warehouses and factories. He works for a small firm and wishes to find a job at a larger firm that has more room for advancement and where his innovation and creativity can be best used.
Dear Engineering Department Manager:
I am seeking a position as an engineer with XYZ Innovations. My name is Jerry Jones and I design conveyor systems that move products from one point to another. I am currently working for ABC Industries. As much as I enjoy my job at ABC, it is a small family-owned business with little room for advancement from my present position. I have researched XYZ Innovations and have found it to be a much larger company with more clients, more departments and more room for growth. I believe my talents for designing innovative conveyor systems would be beneficial for XYZ.
I graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. I went to work for ABC immediately after graduation. While working for ABC I have traveled to client sites that are in Georgia only. I know that XYZ does work all over the country and I am happy to travel to client sites any place in the U.S. or abroad. I thrive when faced with a challenge and greatly enjoy finding the most efficient, cost effective solutions for clients who want to move their products quickly and easily.
Some of my latest work includes the new conveyor system at the Delicious Donut factory in Senoia, Georgia. The system I designed took 6 months from original concept to implementation. The Delicious Donut company was able to cut production time by 34% helping them realize a significant increase in revenue. I have cultivated contacts in many industries on the vendor side as well as on the client side that can be valuable to XYZ.
You will not find anyone who works as hard as I work or who is as enthusiastic about designing conveyor systems. Please review my attached application and resume. I am available any time for an interview and can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or by email at [email] Thank you for your consideration.
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This engineer cover letter example is from a recent graduate of an engineering school. She graduated with honors and is applying for a full-time position at numerous companies all over the country. She is willing to relocate for employment, can do some traveling and does not mind working long hours.
Dear Human Resources Director:
My Name is Lily Mitchell and I just graduated with honors from the California Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During my senior year at Cal Tech I worked part-time at EE Enterprises where I assisted in the design of robotic surgical equipment used in hospitals by physicians who perform micro surgeries that require extremely small instruments. The work was fascinating and helped me know for sure that mechanical engineering is the field for me. I am an exceptionally hard working individual who is determined to find a mechanical solution for a process. I am creative, I think outside the box and I have excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well.
My father is also a mechanical engineer and works for the California division of ABC Auto. One of my first memories is of wearing a hard hat and walking with my dad through the engineering department of ABC where the mechanical engineers worked to produce new innovations in vehicles improving their durability and the way they drive which resulted in a more pleasant experience for the driver. My grandfather was also a mechanical engineer and owned a small company that designed and built machinery for the railroad. Engineering must be in my genes because I am passionate about building machinery and mechanical products designed to make everyone’s life easier.
My job application, resume and letter of reference from one of my professors at Cal Tech are all attached. I am available for a telephone or personal interview at your convenience and would consider it a great privilege to work for your fine organization in any area where my skills and abilities would be valuable. I can be reached any time on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email] Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to meeting with you soon.
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This engineer cover letter example is from an individual who is relocating to another city and wishes to find employment closer to his new home. He has an engineering degree, has been working for a year in his field of expertise and he is willing to travel to job sites.
Dear Human Resources Director:
I am responding to your job ad in the Orlando Sentinel for an electrical engineer at ABC Corporation. I graduated last year from the Florida Institute of Technology and worked on a one-year project as a freelance electrical engineer for Walt Disney World. I was part of the team that worked on the overhaul of their Test Track ride at EPCOT. That project is completed and I am now looking for a permanent job.
I believe that my academic background, together with my relevant work experience, has helped me gain the tools and abilities needed to benefit your organization and set me on my way to a long career in electrical engineering. I have excellent organizational skills and I am a highly detail oriented individual. After researching your company, I found that ABC is working on the cutting edge of communication systems which happens to be my main area of interest.
I graduated with top honors from Florida Tech and my senior project was handling the electrical engineering portion of a new type of transmitter designed to boost a radio station’s range without increasing the power bill. I am highly focused cost effectiveness and energy efficiency. That is the wave of the future and I want to be a part of it. I have a number of ideas for creating more advanced electrical systems and believe an innovative company like ABC could benefit from my creativity and boundless energy.
My application, resume and letter of reference from one of my calculus professors at Florida Tech are all enclosed. Please take time to review them and contact me for an interview. I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email] I look forward to meeting with you in the near future.