The Do’s and Don’ts of Education section on your resume
Obviously, you should include your education on your resume.
However, unless you’ve got a degree in engineering management (in which case, you’re right on the money), you won’t exactly learn how to be a Project Engineer in school.
Thus, with a few exceptions, keep your education section short, and include only the core information - Degree, Year of graduating, University / College, and GPA.
There are plenty of relevant degrees that can provide a good foundation for becoming a Project Engineer.
Management degrees are sought after because Project Engineers are largely facilitators and organizers:
- Engineering management
- Construction management
- Business management
Engineering degrees are a huge benefit and depending on the specific job, you might not be able to get your way in without one of the following:
- Civil engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Industrial engineering
- Marine engineering
- Aerospace engineering
- Automotive and transportation engineering
- Chemical engineering
- Nuclear engineering
Typically, smaller companies need their Project Engineers to handle more of the actual engineering than large corporations.
The later will have a dedicated Engineering department to do the math, and keep their Project Engineers do mostly management.
Can a certificate section in my resume help my application?"?
The most perfect Project Engineer applicants hold both a degree in engineering and management.
However, that’s not the case for the majority of applicants. It’s difficult and expensive enough to obtain one degree.
This is where certificates come in. They can fill the gaps in and give you the technical or management expertise needed to land your next job.