You might expect an artist or a photographer to keep a portfolio of his or her past projects and works. When going to a new client or potential job interview, the portfolio helps show what the artist is capable of. Having an engineering portfolio is no different. Putting together a portfolio can help you get your engineering certificate or even your next promotion. Below, we take a closer look at what should be included in an engineering portfolio.
Keep a Running List
It is a good idea to keep a running list of all the projects you have been a part of, including the role you played. Make sure to add everything chronologically to show that your involvement and responsibility with each project increases. Include what the project was, who the project was with with, and how much the project cost.
Be Specific (but not too specific)
When making your list of projects, it is important to be specific. This means including the names of the supervisors on the project and their titles. If your supervisors were certified engineers, be sure to note this along with their license numbers if possible. If and when you pursue a certificate to become a licensed engineer, knowing other certified engineers you have worked under will be very important. Also, add how big each team was and the members' names. This can be helpful for future networking. Remember not to be too specific, though. Some data, such as exact cost and design, can be confidential.
Include All Projects
Sometimes engineering projects and accomplishments take place outside of the workplace. Maybe you participate in some clubs or activities that involve building or engineering. You should absolutely include that work in your portfolio Depending on they type of job you are looking for, you may have some key skills in your hobbies that an employer is looking for.
Your portfolio should be a working document. As you are working on a project, or if you’ve just completed a project, be sure to update your portfolio accordingly. Sometimes the scope of the project or your role within the project can change, and your portfolio should reflect this. Keeping your portfolio updated as you are working on the project keeps your memory fresh to ensure you are adding the most accurate information possible.
At Gausman & Moore, we are always eager to meet the fresh, new talent coming into the workplace. Having an engineering portfolio allows us to quickly see what you have accomplished and what you are capable of. To learn more about the projects we’ve completed at Gausman & Moore, check out our own portfolio. And if you’re interested in a future career with our firm, view our open positions today.