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by Rob Porter | April 15, 2024


In the past we’ve talked about how to put together an effective engineering resume, but no job application is complete without a solid cover letter. For engineers, it’s important to include your technical skills and experience early on in your cover letter, while also demonstrating confidence and your understanding of the company’s needs. Here are some step-by-step tips on how to create an effective engineering cover letter, along with an example to help you get started.


The header should include information such as your name, address, phone number, email address, and the date. This is your chance to make a good first impression with the hiring manager, so it’s important to maintain a high level of professionalism. In other words, don’t use a nickname or that silly email address you’ve had since high school. You may also include other information such as your LinkedIn profile or your website if you have one.


For the greeting, try to avoid using informal language or generic phrases. Ideally, you want to include the name of the hiring manager or contact person you’re sending your resume to. If the contact person’s name isn’t included in the job listing, take a look at the company’s website or LinkedIn profile. If you are unable to find the hiring manager’s name, you may use language such as “Dear Hiring Manager” or “Dear Hiring Team,” but keep in mind that this should be a last resort. If you’re able to address the hiring manager directly, it will show that you’ve put in some effort.


The first main paragraph of your cover letter serves as your introduction. Here, you want to provide a brief description of your work history, including any notable projects. You should also express your interest in the role at hand and explain why you believe you would be a good fit. This paragraph should only be two or three sentences long, so if you have room, you may also include details about how you came across the job listing.

Skills and Achievements

Now that you’ve made a nice introduction and expressed your excitement for the job you’re applying for, it’s time to move on to the second main paragraph. Your objective here is to draw connections between your skills and experiences and the requirements detailed in the job description, while also demonstrating how your values align with the company’s. This will show the hiring manager that you’re aware of the company’s needs, while demonstrating why you’re the best candidate for the job. In the event you’ve got multiple experiences that you feel are important to include, you may break this section into two smaller paragraphs.

Closing and Sign-Off

Your closing paragraph should reiterate your excitement at the opportunity, while also driving home the idea that you’re the absolute best candidate for the job. As an engineer, it’s extremely important to come off as capable, confident, and professional. Lastly, thank the hiring manager for their time and consideration, and add a nice sign-off.

Now that we’ve detailed all the components of an effective engineering cover letter, let’s put it all together. Keep in mind that the following example is a template for you to work off of, and your cover letter could look very different depending on whether there are certain requirements outlined in the job description, the company’s culture, or whether you already have an established relationship with the company and hiring manager.

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

[Email Address]

[Phone Number]




Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

I am writing to express my interest in the [Engineering Position] at [Company Name] as advertised on [Job Search Platform/Location of Job Listing]. With a [Name of Degree] in [Your Engineering Discipline] from [Name of University] and [X] years of experience in [Relevant Field/Project], I am confident in my ability to contribute effectively to your team.

During my time at [Previous Employer/University] I developed a strong foundation in [specific skills or areas relevant to the position]. My experience with [mention relevant projects and technologies and software used] has given me the technical expertise necessary to excel in [Specific Engineering Role]. With great attention to detail, excellent problem-solving skills, and dedication to continuous learning, I believe I am a great candidate for this position.

I am impressed by [Company Name]’s commitment to [mention company mission, values, DEI initiatives, etc.]. I am eager to leverage my skills and experience to support [Company Name]’s mission and contribute to its ongoing success.

Thank you for your time and consideration in reviewing my application. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to discuss how my background, skills, and experiences align with the needs of [Company Name]. I look forward to the possibility of joining your team and contributing to [Company Name]’s continued growth and success.


[Your Name]

Before sending a job application, take the time to review your cover letter and resume. Ensure that you’ve made relevant connections to the job description in your cover letter and that your resume has been updated, then make sure there aren’t any spelling or grammar mistakes. It might sound silly, but if you’re applying to multiple jobs at once, take care that you send the correct cover letter. In other words, don’t accidentally send Company A’s cover letter to Company B. Lastly, closely follow any specific application instructions detailed in the job listing.