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Mechanical Engineer - Military Conversion Resume Sample by mplett


Enjoy this expertly developed sample resume with complimentary cover letter strategies included. Unlike most resume samples you will find, this one is a completely editable Word document, which means you can revise this resume as needed to suit your needs while keeping the stylish format in tact.

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                           123 Elm Street ▪ Miami, FL 33183 ▪ (305) 555-5555 ▪


                           Dedicated and reliable professional with over eight years of experience in
                           mechanical engineering for the U.S. Navy. Expert at identifying and
                           troubleshooting a large variety of mechanical and electrical malfunctions.
                           Highly skilled in maintaining and repairing process equipment, machines, and
                           air compressors through the operation of industrial machinery and numerous
                           tooling methods. Experienced in metalworking, welding, and drilling.

                           Certified Air Conditioning and Refrigeration System Technician ▪ 20xx
                           B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, XYZ College, Miami, FL ▪ 20xx

U.S. Navy Southeast Regional Maintenance Center, Miami, FL ▪ 20xx – 20xx
MACHINIST MATE: Worked in the machine shop, maintaining refrigeration plants and air conditioning
systems. Provided repairs and preventative maintenance on ships, tending to electro hydraulic steering
engines and shaft seals. Performed drilling / tapping, overhauled lube oil pumps, and replaced bearings.
Repaired pumps and fire pumps.
▪   Overhauled eight roller chocks, enabling ships to conduct deck operations.
▪   Helped repair mast safety climber rails to ensure ship passed aviation certification inspection.
▪   Assisted in the overhaul of two boat davits and performed emergent repairs to tilt antennas to restore
    ship communication.
▪   Repaired all six fire pump foundations aboard three ships.
▪   Replaced / repaired 16 bridge windows and performed repairs to bulkhead seals.
▪   Played key role in repairing the port and starboard helo hangar doors aboard the U.S.S. Boone and
    U.S.S. Doyle, enabling ships to meet operational commitments.

U.S.S. BonHomme Richard LHD6 ▪ 20xx – 20xx
MACHINIST MATE: Conducted corrective and preventative maintenance aboard ship and troubleshot
various mechanical issues. Operated and maintained steam turbines, reduction gears, refrigeration / air
conditioning systems, and auxiliary machinery. Maintained and repaired cargo weapons elevator, aircraft
elevator, laundry / galley equipment, and electro hydraulic steering system.
▪   Recognized as major contributor in the BonHomme’s first ever ammunition on-load, helping to bring
    400 pallets, worth over $4 million, safely and efficiently onto the ship.
▪   Trained new personnel on maintaining cargo weapon elevators and aircraft elevators.
▪   Achieved perfect safety record as a Stern Gate Operator.
▪   Provided critical assistance by repairing aircraft elevator and flight deck stanchions prior to mission in
    the Arabian Gulf.

           Navy Unit Commendation Medal                         Global War on Terrorism
           Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal                     Navy Good Conduct Award
           Humanitarian Service Medal                           Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
           Navy Achievement Medal                               Navy “E” Ribbon
Creating a Compelling Cover Letter
A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success.
When an advertised position creates a pile of 100+ resumes, it becomes the responsibility of the hiring
personnel to shortlist the applications. Resumes without cover letters are usually the first to go, followed
by the ones with poorly written cover letters. Avoid this fate by following these effective strategies:

Address your cover letter appropriately:
Be sure that you get the name of the hiring manager before sending your resume, and address the letter
to that individual. The proper greeting will be either “Dear Mr. (Smith),” or “Dear Ms. (Smith).” Avoid using
Miss or Mrs., and do not address your letter to “Dear Sirs,” as it is considered inappropriate. If you are
unsure of your contact’s gender, address them by their first and last name, as in “Dear Pat Smith,” to
avoid an embarrassing mistake. If you don’t know the name of the hiring manager, simply use the
greeting “Dear Hiring Manager,”– it’s clear, to the point, and gender neutral.

Get to the point in your opening paragraph:
One of the most common interviewing questions employers ask is “Why should I hire you among other
candidates?” Provide an answer to that question right off the bat in your opening paragraph. This is a very
important section because it is the first thing the employer will read. It must be powerful and make an
immediate impact. Be sure sell yourself and your unique abilities. Do not use a generic opening
paragraph that can apply to any Tom, Dick or Harry.
Every line should sell you, so use aggressive language here and throughout the rest of your cover letter.
For example, instead of writing “My background is in finance management, making me well-suited for
your advertised Corporate Finance Director position.” you can write “A background in finance
management and a proven record of developing effective strategies that drive revenue, growth and
shareholder value make me a strong candidate for your advertised Corporate Finance Director position.”

Show your interest and sell your accomplishments in the body of the letter:
In this section, you need to show your interest in the job and the company. Research is a key ingredient
to a successful job search. The more you are able to demonstrate your interest and knowledge about a
company, the better your chances are to secure an interview. Get to know the company’s mission and
new corporate initiatives, and tell them how you can help them meet their objectives or resolve their
problems. Praise the company for public recognitions or recent accomplishments. The employer will
surely take notice of your active interest.
Use “I” and “my” sparingly. Try not to use these words more than six times in your cover letter. You need
to focus on what you will bring to the company and how you will help them improve their profitability. Too
much use of the word “I” will also make your letter look elementary and poorly written.
For executive-level candidates and professionals with substantial achievements, a bullet point format is
often the most effective and efficient way to highlight accomplishments. If you fall into this category, be
sure to keep the bullet point statements unique and fresh. Do not copy and paste the exact same phrases
from the resume as it will make you look lazy. All sentences and achievements transferred from the
resume should be rephrased.

Close your letter with a strong paragraph:
In the closing paragraph, you need to address several issues. At the very least, you need to ask for the
interview and provide contact information. This is also the ideal place to mention your salary requirements
(if the employer insists on it), or your desire to relocate.
To demonstrate your drive and interest, mention that you will call within a week to follow up. This is a
great way to ensure the resume was successfully received, and it creates an opportunity to establish a
dialog. However, do not mention this in your cover letter if you do not intend to follow up.

In summation, an aggressive and dynamic cover letter will help you stand out among the competition.
Remember that the goal is to market yourself – not to compose a dull biography.

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