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CV example: Mandar Patel

Mandar PatelMandar is a Civil Engineering graduate applying to an engineering graduate scheme. Note how he gives examples to demonstrate to the employer that he has developed the skills required for the role. Employers welcome focused one-paged CVs but do check with each employer to see what their specific requirements may be.

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Mandar Patel

20 Kinderton Close, Welwyn,
Hertfordshire, AL4 9ZZ, UK


2008 to 2012

University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

MEng in Civil Engineering. Current grade 2.1. Expected final degree - Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours
Relevant modules included:

  • Design for sustainability
  • Construction management
  • Global water and sanitation technologies
  • Civil engineering materials and structural analysis

Designed, built and tested a Wave Energy Conversion Device as part of final year project work.

Stanborough School, Welwyn Garden City, UK


  • A Levels - Math(A), Economics(B), Biology(C)
  • GSCEs - 5 A, 5 B, 2 C

Relevant experience

Aug - Sept 2012

Laing O'Rouke - Expanded Structures, Assistant Engineer
Worked within the Construction Management division on the erection of the sub- and superstructure frame at the new London Heathrow T2A terminal.

  • Calculated concrete requirements and ensured the quality of concrete being poured was adequate.
  • Monitored the volumes of concrete being poured and wastage produced throughout the site.
  • Supervised operatives on different tasks ensuring safety and finished quality.
  • Managed the concrete database recording the results of concrete strength tests & volumes poured.
Jul - Sept 2011

Ugandan Rural Development and Training Program (URDT), Researcher

  • Conducted a micro-hydro feasibility study and undertook research into rain water harvesting kits.
  • Applied engineering skills and understanding to meet the needs of the rural communities.
  • Contributed to and delivered segments of daily briefings to multi-national teams of engineers.
  • Presented results to a large audience of Ugandan locals, academics and other university students.

Other experience

2006 - 2008

Xaxanas, Fosters and Partners, Waitrose, Various customer service roles

  • Interacted and communicated effectively with customers to deliver quality service and resolve complaints.
  • Co-ordinated small teams to deliver set goals, such as charitable events at Waitrose.


  • Confident with core MS-Office (Word, Excel, Publisher and Powerpoint).
  • Used CAD software including SolidWorks and ABAQUS to model various structures including I-beams and automotive gear shift forks.
  • Travel – good understanding of global issues and enjoy keeping up to date with world events.
  • Sports – competed for Hertfordshire in both tennis and swimming at junior level.


  • ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) – Affiliate member
  • IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) – Affiliate member
  • Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) certificate


References are available on request.

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