Writing a resume is difficult: how can you describe yourself, your education, and your accomplishments without sounding cliche, boring, or arrogant? Verbs that concisely explain your job responsibilities will help you when writing a resume. These 20 useful engineering resume vocabulary words will help you when applying for your engineering job or internship.
Note: these terms have been selected for several engineering fields, including biochemical engineering, mechanical, structural, operational, and civic engineering. The form of the word given is the past tense of each verb, and the example is written in the style you might see on a resume. To better understand the format of a U.S. style resume, see our articles “Resume vs. CV: What Is the Difference?.”
20 Useful Engineering Resume Vocabulary Words
Definition: Increase in rate, amount, or extent.
Example: Invented a machine that accelerated production speeds.
Definition: Have an effect on; make a difference.
Example: Affected change in production by designing a more efficient machine.
Definition: Examine (something) methodically and in detail, typically in order to explain and interpret it.
Example: Analyzed data from surveyors to make informed suggestions regarding city planning.
Definition: Make something be applicable or relevant.
Example: Applied various structural engineering theories to work in the field and in the office.
Definition: Assess the value or quality of.
Example: Appraised local structures to determine their durability.
Definition: Instruct or inform (someone) thoroughly, especially in preparation for a task.
Example: Briefed city officials on the status of local bridges and other structures.
Definition: Make a systematic list of (items of the same type).
Example: Cataloged laboratory data for analysis.
Definition: Represent (something) in graphic form.
Example: Diagrammed electrical circuits of residential and office buildings.
Definition: Identify the nature of (an illness or other problem) by examination of the symptoms.
Example: Diagnosed weak areas of older buildings in order to suggest repairs.
Definition: Make (a device or system) operational; activate.
Example: Enabled a new form of solar-powered energy.
Definition: Skilfully arrange for (something) to occur; design and build (a machine or structure).
Example: Engineered a new form of solar energy collection.
Definition: Make (an action or process) easy or easier.
Example: Facilitated meetings between business owners and local residents regarding structural damage to local buildings.
Definition: Place or fix (equipment or machinery) in position ready for use.
Example: Installed new circuits for energy-efficient electricity throughout the building.
Definition: Record in detail the spatial distribution of (something).
Example: Mapped data regarding energy consumption throughout the city.
Definition: Ascertain the size, amount, or degree of (something) by using an instrument or device marked in standard units.
Example: Measured the levels of pollution in local waters.
Definition: Use (a system, procedure, etc.) as an example to follow or imitate.
Example: Modeled new software on components of previous versions.
Definition: Altered or changed.
Example: Modified older machines to increase production.
Definition: Manage; (of a person) control the functioning of (a machine, process, or system).
Example: Operated and examined machinery for maintenance and review.
Definition: Make the best or most effective use of (a situation or resource).
Example: Optimized production of machinery.
Definition: Reconsider and alter (something) in light of further evidence.
Example: Revised reports from biologists; included data and suggestions regarding actions to be taken.
CISL San Diego provides an intensive English for Engineering course for students who are working in (or interested in working in) the field of engineering. This course provides the vocabulary and language skills necessary for the student’s particular field: lessons can be catered to the student’s interests and professional needs. CISL’s English for Engineering course can be taken alongside the Career English program, which places students in an American company in order to use their English skills in the workplace. Contact CISL for more information.