Sample Job Letter and Résumé

6103 Oliver Loving Trail
Austin, Texas
October 30, 1996

Dr. Art Ratzel
Division 1513
Sandia National Labs
P. O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185

Dr. Art Ratzel:

In last month's issue of Undergraduate Engineer, Sandia National Laboratories advertised positions for a summer undergraduate research program that is to begin in June 1997. Would you please consider me for such a position with your solar thermal division? I am a junior in mechanical engineering at the University of Texas, and my emphasis is in thermal fluids (see enclosed résumé).

In reading about Sandia, I learned of the solar thermal work in your division. Solar thermal technology interests me greatly. While here at the University of Texas, I have taken a course in solar energy applications. My project for that course--the comparison of heat transfer fluids for a solar thermal power plant--specifically pertains to your division's work.

After completing my bachelor of science here at the University of Texas, I plan to attend graduate school because I am interested in research. Last summer, I had the opportunity to work at Balcones Research Center in Austin and enjoyed the work and atmosphere associated with research. Given that Sandia National Laboratories is the foremost engineering research laboratory in the country, I would welcome the chance to work for you.

Thank you for your consideration, and if you have any questions, please feel free to write, email, or phone.


Brad Smith

Brad Smith


Brad Lee Smith
6103 Oliver Loving Lane
Austin, Texas 78749
(512) 288-3548

Goal To research thermal/fluid systems, particularly those in solar energy and gas turbine applications.

Education B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas (12/97)
Technical Block Option: Thermal/Fluid Systems
Relevant Courses:
Heat Transfer
Advanced Thermodynamics
Solar Energy Systems
GPA: 3.7/4.0 in major; 3.5/4.0 overall

Experience 1996: Research Assistant, Balcones Research Center; Austin, Texas
Assisted in turbine cooling laboratory
Helped set up and perform laser doppler velocimetry measurements
Authored section of progress report to project sponsor (Garrett Turbine)
Updated large Fortran computer programs
Learned Lotus 1-2-3 to edit data files

1994-1995: Field Service Technician, Longhorn Business Products; Dallas, Texas
Maintained and repaired copiers and facsimiles
Scored in top 5% in Ricoh's facsimile training school in 1994
Trained new service technicians for facsimiles

1993: Lifeguard, North Dallas YMCA; Dallas, Texas
Scheduled and supervised weekend lifeguard crews
Taught CPR classes to new lifeguards

Awards Third place in Rube Goldberg Design Contest, 1996
Engineering Honor Roll, 3 semesters
Four-year partial scholarship, College of Engineering

Activities ASME; Society of Automotive Engineers; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Austin; Intramural softball and basketball; Guitar

References Available upon request

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