Cover Letter Sample for Fresh Civil Engineering Graduates
|243 Nairobi Road
Kenya, City Express
Dr. Anani Mayes
Human Resource Manager
Aluworks Nairobi Limited
Following your recent advertisement in the Daily Graphic on the 20th of April, 2013 for the position of Civil Engineer, I wish to put in my application documents. I am a degree holder in Civil Engineering from Moi University in Kenya with vast experience in construction works and project design.
In my recent position at Nairobi Highway, I worked in my capacity as the Highway Civil Engineer in charge of construction and road engineering works. Most of my job description at Nairobi Highway includes undertaking feasibility studies on the quality of road been constructed, liaising with subcontractors and architects on road construction in the area, scheduling and purchasing material necessary for road construction and managerial supervision to ensure road works and construction meet the demanded timeline and completion.
Attached to my vast technical background is my work ethics. I possess excellent communication skills, top working relationship with colleagues and respect work related codes of conduct. I am excited to be part of Aluworks Nairobi Limited especially with the rich experience I can offer to help improve the engineering standards of this reputable company.
I look forward to any scheduled interview and further discussion by your reputable outfit.
Enclouse : Curriculum Vitae
Job Description of a Civil Engineer
Civil Engineering is one of the oldest Engineering disciplines in the world. This engineering discipline is the pre-foundation for other professional engineering expansion especially the field of Electrical Engineering. Civil Engineers are responsible for shaping our environment by building structures and facilities that will have a major impact on lives and durability of properties. Civil Engineers also simplify our normal daily activities. A typical example is boarding a car to work. Civil Engineers are responsible for that road you use in the morning.
A candidate who aspires to become a Civil Engineer must be exceptionally good in Physics and Mathematics. These two grades must be equivalent to an excellent. To become a Civil Engineer, one must offer top courses in the University such as Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Related course that can easily lead you to become a Civil Engineer is Mechanical Engineering or any other closely related Engineering discipline.
To become a Civil Engineer, you must attend top Engineering Schools which are noted for awarding quality Engineering Degrees. According to QS World ranking of Universities by Subject, Civil & Structural Engineering, the top ten includes
- Imperial College London
- University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
- The University of Tokyo
- Delft University of Technology
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Kyoto University
- Nan yang Technological University
- University of Hong Kong
- University of Texas
As a Civil Engineer, one can belong to the following associations: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Earthquake Engineers Research Institute (EERI), American Concrete Institute, ASM International and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
A Civil Engineer can work in a variety of disciplines. Career prospects of a Civil Engineer will be in areas such as Building Control Surveyor, Building Services Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Site Engineer, Water Engineer and Structural Engineer.
According to the International Labor Department, Civil Engineers made an average salary of $77,990 in 2011. The most paid 10% percent in the professional earned $119,620 whiles the minimum paid employee earned $50,370. The statistics further stated that, the highest compensated position are within the industrial and commercial category.
Civil Engineering is a unique profession with most graduates venturing into road and construction companies. A Civil Engineer is required to offer the following technical services in the workplace
- Hold top engineering meetings with client to discuss requirement for projects
- Testing material for strength and map-survey analysis with the use of computer-aided software
- Time requirement and feasibility studies on projects.
- Establishing a stable relationship between the environment and the risk of engineering works to the said environment
- Ensuring and maintaining the health and safety rules of this profession.