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A cover letter with these job-winning strategies will help get in the door.

Date Published:

May 10, 2023

Jeff O’Heir

A great resume can get you a job interview. A great cover letter can help you land the actual job.

The resume serves as a summary or snapshot of experiences and skills tailored to match a specific job description. On the other hand, a cover letter is a way to show off and spotlight specific skills a potential employer is looking for, such as the abilities to write and communicate. It’s also the place to demonstrate real knowledge about the company and the reasons why you want to work there.

Think of the resume as a wave to someone in the crowd you hope to meet. The cover letter is the handshake or embrace you give someone when you finally meet them. It’s what connects the candidate to the opportunity and the company that’s offering it.

“The cover letter is an opportunity to express a sufficient level of experience and knowledge regarding a certain position and a desire to join a specific organization,” said Matt Ishler, associate director, career counseling, at Penn State. “It's really a chance to express that this is how I see my education experience and background coming together to support me being successful in this role that I am applying for.” Become a Member: How to Join ASME

Anyone who has actively looked for a job during the last five years knows that most companies use some type of resume software (the inhuman and bloodless tool better known as The Resumator) as a major part of their recruiting and hiring process. The Resumator will discard any resume that’s missing key words and phrases directly related to the job description.

There’s a strong chance, though, that once a candidate’s resume makes it through the initial screening process, a real-life human will actually read a cover letter, or typically the first three sentences before deciding to continue reading or move to the next one. Those first few lines better be good.

Back in the day, it was acceptable in the first paragraph of a cover letter to give your name, degree, and how you learned about the opportunity. No more. Hiring managers, human resources personnel or anyone reading that letter want the pertinent, relevant and, hopefully, exciting information in less time than you can say, “Next candidate.” More for You: Signs It Is Time to Seek a New Job

“It’s important to attract someone's attention early in the letter,” Ishler said. “I think that’s done best by summarizing the applicant’s strongest qualifications―an internship, an engineering capstone project, a design or problem-solving experience―and then relating that to the organization the applicant wants to work with. Attract their attention early but highlighting your most relevant experiences and areas of involvement.”

Potential employers, however, are looking for more than related skills and experiences in that opening. They are looking for a candidate’s ability to write, communicate, and present ideas effectively. “That has always been a criteria, but it has increased in its importance,” Ishler said. “The cover letter is seen as an indicator of those skills.”

Needless to say, make sure the letter is free of any spelling and grammatical errors. And keep the length of the letter to three or four paragraphs, or no longer than three-quarters of a page. Here’s a list of Ishler’s other top tips and strategies to create a cover letter that will impress the most critical hiring manager.

1. Personalize the Letter

Don’t use the same letter over and over; it will be too broad. Be specific.

“I typically encourage the student to name the organization, to name the position, or the type of area in the organization they want to join, and to speak to some of the qualifications of the job description: technical skills, project-specific skills, my experiences in product design, my experience doing a kind of quality analysis work,” said Ishler. Write about how your work as an engineer over the summer has prepared you to be successful in an internship or a full-time engineering role with the company. Talk about how you connect with the company’s values of excellence in engineering; how you work cohesively as a team and provide the highest level of service. And then go into how you lived out those values in some of your experiences. That requires some thought and effort and time.” Career Moves:  ASME Career Guide Can Help

2. Don’t Repeat Yourself

“Think of the cover letter as being a place to elaborate and expand upon, and not simply to repeat. Don’t just list out the resume in paragraph form. Truly take me into some of those experiences: ‘When working on this engineering project, I encountered these challenges and to meet those challenges I learned lessons in areas A, B, and C. Here are the ways I've applied the theory I've learned in thermodynamics. What I learned through this project, where I was involved in designing and testing a product, would support me in working as an engineer with your organization.’ Elaborate on and connect experiences and accomplishments from your resume to the organization and the position without repeating the exact language in the resume.”

3. Demonstrate You’ve Researched the Company and Position

“It’s not just writing about me, me, me. It is writing as well to show that you’re making an informed choice about applying to work at this organization. Mentioning something about the organization's current or recent accomplishments, or their upcoming work, or something positive from their website or something that’s been in the news about the organization further personalizes the letter and shows strong intent. And it shows that this applicant is serious. It shows that [they] took the time to learn a little more about the engineering unit at the organization and incorporated some of what I learned in my cover letter. A few sentences about the organization and why it stands out positively among others in a similar industry or field would be great to see in a cover letter.”

4. Ask for Something

Conclude the letter with some kind of a request for further action: I would like to meet with you for an interview or I would like to speak with you for an informational interview. The letter should close with some kind of call to action.

Jeff O’Heir is an independent writer in Huntington, N.Y.

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Engineering Cover Letter Samples & Examples That Worked in 2023

Nikoleta Kuhejda — PR & Content Manager

How to craft a jaw-dropping engineering cover letter

The engineering industry covers a wide range of different positions including aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, and quality engineering. To earn a position in this field, you need a cover letter that highlights your area of expertise, as well as your most relevant skills, accomplishments, and qualifications.

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In this guide, we will cover the 5 essential elements that any engineering cover letter should have. Keep reading to learn all about:

  • Creating an effective engineering cover letter header & headline
  • Personalizing the greeting & content of your engineering cover letter
  • Writing an attention-grabbing engineering cover letter introduction
  • Showcasing your skills & accomplishments in engineering
  • Finishing your engineering cover letter with a strong closing statement

1. Create an effective engineering cover letter header & headline

To start writing your engineering cover letter, the first key step is to create a header and headline.

A cover letter header refers to the block of text found at the top of the document. In this header, you will include all the necessary information about yourself and the company you are applying to.

Following the header is the cover letter headline , a title statement used to hook the attention of employers with an accurate and compelling preview of the most important information in the letter. While a headline is considered optional, it can be a powerful tool to use to intrigue employers.

Below are more in-depth explanations and examples of the cover letter header and headline:

Formatting the header

The header is the first bit of information an employer will come across on your cover letter. As such, you want your name to be noticeable and the header to be well-organized.

An engineering header should contain:

  • Your name and professional title
  • Your professional contact information
  • The name of the company & department you are applying to
  • The address of the company you are applying to

Here is an example of a well-formatted header on an engineering cover letter

Hank Green , Civil Engineer (123) 456-7890 | [email protected] | linkedin.com/in/hank-green

To: Atlanta Engineering Group Construction & Management Department 1234 Street Address Atlanta, GA, 30301

Writing the headline

While a headline is considered an optional element of a cover letter, a well-written headline can go a long way in initially impressing and intriguing an employer.

To write such a headline, you should always use a keyword related to the position, an eye-catching number or trigger word, a powerful adjective or verb, and a promise.

Here is an example of an effective engineering headline, followed by a breakdown of its key components

Looking for the Perfect Engineer? Here are 3 Reasons I Would Make an Excellent Addition to Your Team

Trigger Word/Number : Looking for, 3 Reasons Keyword: Engineer Adjective/Verb: Perfect, Excellent Promise: Your Team – the addition of this detail indicates to the employer that you will relate the information in your cover letter directly to the needs of their business.

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2. personalize the greeting & content of your engineering cover letter.

Anytime you write an engineering cover letter , it is crucial to personalize both the greeting and content of the letter. To do so, you will need to thoroughly research the company beforehand, including:

  • Who will review your cover letter and application
  • What the company’s values and goals are
  • How your experience relates to the company’s projects

A personalized greeting is a type of greeting that addresses a specific person by name. By including this type of greeting, you immediately show the employer that you have researched their company and have excellent attention to detail.

Here are 3 examples of personalized greetings

  • Dear Mrs. Jane Doe,
  • To Mrs. Jane Doe, Hiring Manager at Atlanta Engineering Group,

To Mrs. Jane Doe & the Engineering Team,

3. Write an attention-grabbing engineering cover letter introduction

The introduction of your engineering cover letter not introduces you to the employer but also ensures their interest stays piqued, encouraging them to read further.

To make your introduction compelling, you should include:

  • A brief overview of your professional history using quantifiable facts (years of experience, position titles, etc.)
  • A statement on why you are enthusiastic about applying to this company
  • A mutual acquaintance (when possible) – including a mutual acquaintance provides the employer with a trusted professional reference, as well as helps you to build credibility.

Pro Tip: If you do not have any mutual acquaintances, connecting with relevant professionals on LinkedIn is a great way to build your professional network.

Here is an example of a well-written introduction on an engineering cover letter

I am a Mechanical Engineer with more than 6 years of experience working in prototype design. The description for this position is an excellent match for my skill set and I am confident I will be a worthwhile and profitable addition to your team. To learn more about your company, I reached out to your Head of Communications – Jack Smith – on LinkedIn, who strongly recommended I apply upon reviewing my resume.

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4. Showcase your skills & accomplishments in engineering

With your introduction in place, the next step is to write the largest section of your cover letter – the body paragraphs. In these body paragraphs is where you will expand upon your various relevant skills, accomplishments, and qualifications.

You should aim to include between 2 to 4 body paragraphs that answer the following key questions:

  • What excites you about working at this company?
  • What can your skills and experience contribute to the company?
  • What accomplishments or qualifications make you stand out as an applicant?
  • What key skills do you possess that are relevant to the position?

Here are 6 examples of engineering skills to include in your cover letter

  • Computer modeling
  • Problem-solving
  • Structural analysis
  • Project management
  • Collaboration

When including skills, make sure to give them context – such as how you applied them at previous positions and how you plan to employ them in this new position.

Here are some examples of how to describe an accomplishment in an engineering cover letter

Successfully Led Complex Engineering Projects: In my previous role as a Senior Mechanical Engineer at XYZ Company, I led a cross-functional team in the successful design and implementation of a cutting-edge manufacturing process. By overseeing the project from concept to completion, I achieved a 30% increase in production efficiency while reducing costs by 20%. This accomplishment demonstrates my ability to manage complex engineering projects, collaborate with diverse stakeholders, and deliver tangible results.

Improved Product Design and Performance: As a Design Engineer, I played a pivotal role in enhancing the performance of a key product line. Through rigorous analysis and testing, I identified design flaws and implemented innovative solutions that resulted in a 15% improvement in product reliability. By closely collaborating with the manufacturing team, I also achieved a 10% reduction in product assembly time, leading to increased productivity and customer satisfaction.

Streamlined Engineering Processes: In my role as a Process Engineer, I implemented process improvements that significantly enhanced operational efficiency. By conducting time studies, analyzing workflow, and introducing lean principles, I achieved a 25% reduction in production cycle time and a 30% decrease in material waste. These improvements not only optimized resource utilization but also improved overall product quality and reduced lead times.

5. Finish your engineering cover letter with a strong closing statement

To conclude your engineering cover letter, end with a strong closing statement that includes:

  • An enthusiastic sentence saying you are looking forward to hearing from them
  • An additional sentence stating you will follow up, including how you will contact them or how they can contact you
  • A formal sign-off

Here is an example of a well-worded closing statement from an engineering cover letter

Thank you for taking the time to review my application. I greatly look forward to hearing from you and will reach back out next Wednesday if I have not heard back. The best time and way to reach me is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at (123) 456-7890.

Warm Regards,

[Applicant Name]

Follow this cover letter outline for maximum success.

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A journalist by trade, a writer by fate. Nikoleta went from writing for media outlets to exploring the world of content creation with Kickresume and helping people get closer to the job of their dreams. Her insights and career guides have been published by The Female Lead , College Recruiter , and ISIC, among others. When she’s not writing or (enthusiastically) pestering people with questions, you can find her traveling or sipping on a cup of coffee.


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Create the perfect first impression for an Engineering job by getting your cover letter in gear. Take a look over our example Engineering cover letter below to find out how you can optimize your application to perfection.

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You’ve found it. A job opening that is looking for an engineer. It comes with great benefits, hours, the whole package.

You’ve used a  resume template  to write your resume, so you know your job application is on point so far.

There is just one problem,  the job posting asks for a cover letter  along with the rest of your application.

In theory, it doesn’t take too long to create an engineering cover letter, but you want to  do it the right way , so let’s not rush it.

If you write a run-of-the-mill cover letter, it will end up in the rejection pile before the hiring manager even gets halfway through reading it. You’ll want to ensure your cover letter stands out and  grabs the employer’s attention right away .

Luckily, there is a tested method to create a cover letter that  will help you stand out  from the rest of the applicants.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to:

  • Write a cover letter if you have work experience Write a cover letter if you have no work experience Write your cover letter if you have an employment gap

You’ll also get some useful  cover letter  tips for engineering, and be able to see expertly-written engineering cover letter samples.

To familiarize yourself with what a good cover should look like, you can review this cover letter sample below, along with a resume example.

Hiring Manager’s name

Company name

Company address

Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms. [Hiring Manager Name]

I’m very excited to be applying for the [POSITION] at [COMPANY]. As an Electrical Engineer with more than 4 years of experience working in component design and manufacture for production lines, I am confident I can bring the attention-to-detail and professional oversight necessary to achieve great results.

During my professional work as an Electrical Engineer so far, I have become familiar with formulating solutions to complex problems in circuit board design and power management, as well as preventing component malfunctions in the production line process. In fact, during my last year with [CURRENT COMPANY], my work helped to decrease production downtime by 23%.

Additionally, I am well versed in managing large scale projects, overseeing more than 20 employees, and creating a productive and safe working environment. Furthermore, I bring excellent communication skills, experience in training staff, and first-class accuracy with regards to diagnostics.

I was initially compelled to apply for this position as it focuses on industrial production. This is a field with which I am very familiar and am eager to further progress by taking on a position with more responsibility. However, I also feel that [COMPANY]’s devotion to high standards compliments my own well.

I have attached my resume which details my full career experience and training credentials. I hope that we can meet in person in the near future to discuss the opportunity and how I can help advance the goals of [COMPANY].

Please feel free to contact me via [PHONE NUMBER] between 5 pm and 8 pm any day of the week. I am also available at any time via [EMAIL ADDRESS].

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely, Name

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In addition to these samples, you can use a cover letter or  resume builder  to make the entire writing process go much smoother.

How to Write a Cover Letter for Engineering with Experience

Having experience can help you a lot when you’re writing your cover letter. However, including any of your  prior work experience is only half the battle .

Remember, your cover letter is not supposed to be exactly like a resume.

You want to  show you are motivated and going to be valuable  to the company you want to work for.

If you don’t start and end your cover letter well, there’s a good chance the hiring manager will not continue with your job application.

So getting your engineering cover letter right is essential!

So how do you  start your letter ?

Let’s take a look at the correct way and the wrong way.

I am an engineer with 5 years of experience. I am writing this letter as part of my application for the engineering vacancy at your company.

This is a very generic opening that won’t grab the manager’s attention at all. It also says very little about you except that you have some experience.

After 5 years of being a team lead that increased productivity at x company by 25%, the engineering vacancy at x company jumped out at me and seems like the perfect opportunity to continue improving and applying my skills.

This is a much better example as it shows an achievement, your experience, and your motivation to do well and even improve.

This opening paragraph should set up the rest of your letter to state the skills you have and  your motivation for working at the new company .

To end your letter , make sure you review the company’s needs and how your experience and skills meet those needs.

Remember to  keep it personal  as well.

How to Write a Cover Letter with an Employment Gap

When looking at cover letter and  resume examples  for inspiration, you may have a tough time figuring out what to include if you’ve had a gap in your employment history.

With a  gap in your employment history , you may think you have no chance of landing the job.

However, that doesn’t necessarily need to be the case.

There are plenty of  good reasons someone did not work  for a certain amount of time.

So what are some things you should include in your cover letter if you were out of work for an extended period?

  • Be honest: A hiring manager will probably find out about it and may come to the wrong conclusion. Briefly explain why you weren’t or couldn’t be working.
  • Don’t worry about every single gap: If it’s a short amount of time, or it was a long time ago, you probably don’t need to mention it.

When it comes time to interview, you should also  be prepared to answer any question  related to your gap in employment.

You could even turn your gap into a positive. You can briefly mention any  relevant skills  you learned in your cover letter or resume.

However, remember to stick to the correct cover letter and  resume format  when creating your documents.

How to Write a Cover Letter for Engineering with No Experience

One thing a lot of applicants read that stops them from even applying, is when the posting wants someone with job experience.

If you see that and don’t have any engineering experience,  don’t delete your application .

Even with no engineering experience, you can create a cover letter that shows  how your qualities match the vacancy  and that you are a fantastic fit for the available position.

So what’s  the secret ?

What you should do is, fully  understand what the company needs . That means analyzing what they want from their employees and what the goals of the company are.

Once you do that,  use your education and any internship experience  to demonstrate that you are a good fit.

In your cover letter, make sure to give  examples of your personality  and internship or freelancing experience and touch on:

  • Company needs
  • Relevant achievements
  • Your valuable skills

By including those 3 points, it will make the hiring manager feel you know what you’re doing.

You may not be as experienced as other applicants, but you can  show you fill the company’s needs  and be a valuable employee.

When writing the motivation statement, you have the opportunity to convince the employer you’re ready to learn and will work harder than the rest of the applicants.

Engineer Cover Letter Tips and Advice

Engineering jobs are technical and specific in nature. The field of engineering is very wide and can range through  civil ,  electrical , and  mechanical  disciplines amongst others. It’s therefore critical that you  tailor your letter as much as possible to the type of job on offer  and to communicate your specific experience.

Double-check everything before you hit send on your application. One small mistake can absolutely scupper your chances of getting the job.

It’s important to throw in some examples of where your  efforts have yielded results.  A few carefully chosen statistics such as any percentile improvements in efficiency you helped achieve, production increases or cost savings that occurred on your watch will all help to do this.

Also, remember that Engineering is a career that is highly regulated and often requires a state license. Because of this, it is highly worth mentioning the status of your  PE (Professional Engineering)  license, especially if the job description specifies it.

Finally, don’t forget to proof everything once done  and to be mindful of the amount of industry-focused keywords you use in your letter. The level of complexity for an Engineering covering document should be detailed enough to show you know how to do the job but accessible for a recruiter to be able to understand without a background in engineering itself.

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You know all about complex electrical systems, photometric calculations, and juggling difficult projects in record time. To many people, what you do is pure magic; to you, it’s just common sense, which makes you a highly valued engineer.

You’re no stranger to turning blueprints into real-world applications, and your expertise has a tangible impact on the lives of many. To truly impress recruiters with your cover letter and complementary electrical engineer resume , you’ll need to accurately capture and describe that impact, and we’re here to show you how to do it.

Writing a cover letter just got a lot less daunting. With our electrical engineer cover letter examples , you’ll shine a light on what matters most and score a new job!

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  • Designing an electrical system for an enormous complex would be a worthy example. Highlight your responsibilities, skills you demonstrated, industry-relevant software programs used (cue MATLAB and Simulink), and quantified impact fostered by your contribution (e.g., energy efficiency surge of 23%).

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  • Did you propose a solution to a technical error in a project design, saving the company you were interning for time and money? Or perhaps you designed an energy efficiency system for your campus. Whichever your case, use it to showcase your dependability in real work situations.

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  • Drawing inspiration from how Aaron narrates his power electronics course unit, emphasize your understanding of various power converters, control techniques, and the use of simulation tools like Simulink for power circuit design. Better yet, showcase an instance where you successfully applied this theoretical knowledge in a real-world project.

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The key to writing an impressive cover letter is to really show that you’ve done your homework. Recruiters and hiring managers always expect impeccable attention to detail from engineers, so treat your cover letter the same way as you would a project that involves installing a new power line—with the utmost care and dedication.

Study the job description carefully, as that is the blueprint to your success here. Then, make the cover letter all about how you fit that particular role, whether it’s a senior electrical engineer position or an apprenticeship.

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How to write a stellar intro

Do you know the best way to catch a hiring manager’s eyes from the get-go? Address them by name! If you absolutely can’t open with a personalized greeting, a simple “Dear Hiring Manager” or “Dear [Company] Team” will have to do.

Try to establish a connection between your diverse engineering skill set and the company right away. For instance, talk about how your in-depth knowledge of PLC programming aligns perfectly with the company’s mission to increase production efficiency. 

Make the most of that first paragraph—it’ll hook the leader and bring you one step closer to a new job.

Below is an example of what not to do. This opener is a little bit dull, and it won’t help the applicant stand out.

Not like this!

To whom it may concern, I really need a job and I hope you can hire me. I have done some work in electrics in the past.

This is a massive improvement! There’s an instant connection to the company and an emphasis on past experience, both of which are crucial.


As an electrical engineer carrying over seven years of diverse experience, I’m enthusiastic about activating my specialist skills to accelerate your journey toward technological superiority. Guided by a deep-rooted interest in innovative solution engineering and nurtured by a concrete history of achieving performance improvements, I’m eager to infuse my enriched experience into the stimulating environment at LyondellBasell Industries.

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Dive into the depths of your expertise in the body paragraphs

This part of your cover letter is where you can spotlight your knowledge of electrical engineering and the things you’ve already achieved. Make sure that these paragraphs fit what the job description asks for.

For instance, if the role you’re applying to emphasizes maintaining high quality while cutting back on budgets and timelines, you can talk about how you prototyped a brand-new PCB design with Eagle PCB, which lowered production costs by 17%.

Back up all your claims with metrics, be it enhancing the security of electrical systems or maintaining the uptime of high-voltage equipment.

This is how it’s done!

In my control systems class, I gained valuable experience in PLC programming by developing ladder logic programs for an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix PLC using RSLogix 5000. Our team’s project successfully improved the efficiency of a simulated production line by 21%, showcasing my ability to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations.

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Make them remember you with a good closer

Time to seal the deal with a memorable closer that dots the i’s and crosses the t’s in a compelling way. To make sure that the hiring manager walks away wanting to give you a call immediately, wrap up your cover letter with a paragraph on how you can contribute to their company.

Focus on a couple of key professional skills from the job description , as well as the company’s mission and goals, to make an impression here. For example, if you’re applying to a company that designs and installs power lines for rural areas, share why this is important and how your knowledge of power distribution in large setups can contribute to it.

Finish off with a sincere “thank you for your consideration,” and don’t forget to express your excitement at speaking to the recipient soon.

The following signoff just doesn’t cut it. Not only is it presumptuous, but it also does nothing to emphasize why the applicant should be chosen above all others.

Not so fast…

I’m expecting to hear back from you soon. An interview next week would work best for my schedule.

Now, the below example is much better. It’s respectful, full of passion for the job, and it shows what the person can bring to their engineering internship if they’re picked.

They’ll be calling you soon!

The prospect of joining Worthington Industries as an electrical engineering intern, where I can apply my skills, continue refining my knowledge, and actively benefit from the expertise of your accomplished team members, is thrilling. Thank you for considering my application. Looking forward to discussing further how my skills, experience, and strong desire to learn can contribute to the innovative projects at Worthington Industries.

You can add so-called enclosures to your cover letter and resume if you want to give the employer a chance to see your past work. For example, if you have some schematics or blueprints that you designed from the ground up, they can be a good thing to show at this stage.

If you’re applying to become an electrical engineering intern or apprentice, employers won’t expect you to have any job experience in a workplace setting. Instead, emphasize relevant coursework, your PE certification, and projects you worked on with other students.

Draw from your work experience and the job description to find the best metrics for your cover letter. Some of the best metrics include reductions in production cost or project timelines, increasing production efficiency, boosting system reliability, or maintaining uptime.

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Are you are looking to write a cover letter for Engineering Intern jobs that will impress recruiters and get you noticed by hiring managers? You need one to apply for a job, but you don’t know what to say.

A cover letter is a formal introduction to a potential employer. It tells the employer about your skills and qualifications that make you a suitable candidate for the position. For example, if you’ve been given an assignment from your boss to submit a cover letter, then you should include information on where you learned the skill sets needed for the job, any degrees or certifications you have, and why this opportunity interests you.

Here are 15 amazing Engineering Intern cover letters that are professionally written and will help you stand out and get that job!

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Engineering Intern Cover Letters

Each cover letter is written with a different focus. Review all of them and pick the ones that apply to your situation. Take inspiration from multiple samples and combine them to craft your unique cover letter.

Engineering Intern Sample 1

Dear Hiring Manager,

My work at ________ has been well-received and I am confident that I can translate my performance into a successful engineering internship. I am eager to dive into the projects you have outlined to provide the best contribution possible. With my interest in working with metals and designing new products, I believe that this position would be a perfect fit for me. Thank you again for your consideration and if there is anything else you need from me, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime; email or phone numbers are listed below.

Engineering Intern Sample 2

I am writing to express my interest in the Engineering Intern position offered by your company. I am a recent graduate of X University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I have extensive experience in designing, building, and testing both mechanical and electrical products. My 5 years of work experience has provided me with the knowledge necessary to succeed in this position. I am confident that my skillset will prove useful for your company’s needs and hope that you contact me soon so we can arrange an interview.

Engineering Intern Sample 3

To Whom it May Concern,

I am a recent graduate from Syracuse University. I have a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, and am looking for an internship opportunity that will allow me to apply my skills. I am interested in learning more about the engineering industry and how it operates during an internship period of time. I believe that this position would be a wonderful opportunity for me to do so. You can find my resume at the bottom of this email if you are interested in viewing it as well as my LinkedIn profile which has links to other samples of my work including projects from past courses as well as some others from outside the classroom environment. Thank you for your consideration!

Engineering Intern Sample 4

Dear Ms. Jones, My name is Sophia and I am a student seeking to take the Engineering Internship position you posted on Job Bank. I am confident that I have all the skills necessary to be a valuable employee and will perform my duties with much enthusiasm and utilize my knowledge and skills as an engineering major. Attached is my resume for your perusal. Thank you for your time and consideration, Sophia

Sincerely, Sophia

Engineering Intern Sample 5

I am excited to apply for the Engineering Intern position at your company. My interest in engineering began in high school when I was inspired by my shop teacher and mentor, Mr. ____. I was also very hands-on with my high school robotics team and took advantage of every opportunity to learn more about engineering. The internship experience will help broaden my knowledge of the field and allow me to learn valuable skills that can be applied in future careers. Thank you for your time and consideration, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any additional information about me or why I would be a valuable addition to your company!

Engineering Intern Sample 6

I’m writing to express my interest in the Engineering Intern position. I am confident that my skills and abilities will be a valuable asset for this company, and I am eager to learn more about your requirements.

I have experience in mechanical engineering which has equipped me with the necessary tools needed for this position. My education coupled with past work experiences allow me to succeed at any task assigned to me, including designing prototypes of new machines.

Engineering Intern Sample 7

Your engineering internship position with ____ is an exciting opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field. My expertise is in ____, and I am able to bring this skill set to your team. I hope you will consider me for your engineering internship position with ____.

Engineering Intern Sample 8

I am a recent graduate from _____ University with a B.S in Computer Science and Engineering. I have been interested in the field of engineering for many years and hope to gain experience through an internship.

I am writing to express my interest in the Engineering Intern position at your company, ____ Corporation. The skills I possess, such as my computer science degree and knowledge of various engineering technologies is a perfect match for this position. In addition, I have over three years of experience working with circuit boards and would be an asset to your team during this time frame while also learning new engineering skills on-the-go.

Two things motivate me: one is the opportunity to work with others who share my interests, while the

Engineering Intern Sample 9

Dear Sir or Madam, I am writing to express my interest in the  Engineering Intern position at your company. I have a passion for engineering and would love to join your team. Please review my resume and make a decision on whether you think I am a good fit for the team. I look forward to hearing from you soon! Sincerely,

Engineering Intern Sample 10

I am writing to express my interest in the Engineering Intern position with Company. I have been a lifelong learner and enjoy facing new challenges on a daily basis. From my time as an engineering student, I have gained many valuable skills, including problem solving and critical thinking skills. My design experience has taught me how to communicate effectively with different stakeholders and develop the right tools for the job. In addition, my leadership experience as president of Student Council has given me confidence that I can take initiative and work well with others. In short, I believe that I would be a great fit for this engineering internship position because of skills learned from both academics and extracurriculars alike.

Yours Truly

Engineering Intern Sample 11

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing because I would like to apply for the Engineering Intern position at your company. I am a junior in college and will be graduating in the spring with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. My past internships have focused on design and machine shop work and because of this, I am confident that my skills would be a perfect match for this position. Furthermore, I understand that if hired, there will be various tasks assigned to me including designing steel frames for new houses and assembling machines; however, because of my diverse background, these tasks are not unfamiliar to me. In addition, my goal is to eventually work as an engineer at a company such as yours so being able to learn from someone who

Engineering Intern Sample 12

Dear, I am an Industrial Engineering student with an extensive background in mathematics. I am excited to apply my skills in a hands-on environment and would love to be considered for the engineering internship position that you have available. I’m excited about the opportunity to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment and I think that this position will help me develop my analytical skills further. Thank you for your consideration, I hope to hear from you soon!

Engineering Intern Sample 13

I am a senior Mechanical Engineering major at __________. My goal is to work as an Engineer in developing new technologies and designing products for tomorrow. I have been involved in the __________ Engineering Program from freshman year, as well as being a member of the Phi Tau Fraternity, which has provided me with experience in leadership and teamwork. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer on my intramural team, working on my side job website design firm Design on Demand LLC, and going to the gym to stay active.

Please see attached resume for a more detailed summary of qualifications and past experience. Thank you for your consideration!

Engineering Intern Sample 14

Dear _________, I am very interested in the Engineering Intern position you posted and would like to spend any available hours I may have contributing to your company. Coming from a family of engineers and having completed many internships and projects in different engineering fields, it is clear that I am strongly committed to this field. I’m confident that my diverse experience as an intern will be a great asset for your team. I would be grateful if you could consider me for the position so we can discuss this more in person at your convenience. Thank you!

Engineering Intern Sample 15

Dear Richard, I am very excited to be applying for the Engineering Intern position at your company. I look forward to updating my skills and knowledge in this industry. I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an additional emphasis in STEM education from _______ University, and I am currently pursuing my teaching certification at _________. My engineering experience includes time spent as an intern with _____, where I was able to improve my software engineering skills by working on their analytics team (2017). My work there also gave me the opportunity to coordinate events for clients of all ages (2018).

Frankly, I want the chance to put my skills into practice and learn more about your company’s culture. If given this opportunity, you

Recruiters and hiring managers receive hundreds of applications for each job opening.

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  Sarah Liu

(917) 915-1619 | [email protected] | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sarah-liu-383114121

February 15, 2023

General Motors

1000 Lexington Ave

Rochester, NY 14606

Dear Hiring Manager:

My name is Sarah Liu and I’m currently a first year mechanical engineering major at The City College of New York. I’m Writing to you today to demonstrate interest in your GM EXCEL Internship Program that was posted on LinkedIn. Being that General Motor has always established itself as a company that values customers, relationships, excellence, and especially as the company continues to invest in the Rochetser branch, I believe I’d be able to both learn tremendously at this position as well as offer some of my own experience to the role. As someone who has valued myself as a self-directed, strong communicator, as well as my effective collaboration in team settings, I would be able to prove myself to become a strong member of the General Motor team.

Being self-directed is one of the traits I had to learn going into mechanical engineering. I often go out to seek my own experience in the field, as someone who had to start from nothing in this field. Wanting to gain more experience allowed me to learn more interdisciplinary skills in engineering including working to learn coding and computer engineering to assist in my more mechanical projects. I had to be able to work on strong communications in my work in CUNY-Crest Institute, as my job pertained to talking with many experienced researchers and professors. Being able to communicate strongly in emails and conducting interviews was critical in the development of an accurate highlight of their work. Working well collaboratively on teams has been essential in my success in any of the projects I played a role in. Learning to give and receive constructive feedback as well as learning to gain leadership skills in more technical projects, allowed for successful completion and proper showcase of the work I’ve been a part of. All these qualities will help me during my time at General Motors to learn and grow as an engineer.

I would like to take the time to summarize some key points I outlined in this letter. I’m a highly self-directed person who has demonstrated strong communication and collaboration skills through my work and projects I’ve done. Please refer to my resume attached to see more detailed explanations of past work and projects. I would love to be able to demonstrate more of my qualifications in an interview. I’m available for an interview via any online video meeting, with my main availability on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You can reach me on my email [email protected] or the number (917) 915-1619 to talk further. Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to talking with you more soon.


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