Center for Engineering Career Development

Welcome to the Center for Engineering Career Development (CECD) at the University of Virginia. We provide comprehensive career development services for all engineering students from first year through graduate level, including engineering alumni. Additionally, our office serves as a resource for information on industry trends, the job market and recruiting results for our students, employers, parents, and faculty.

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Design a Career You Love
Come, learn how to apply design-thinking tools to your career plans and create a career vision that is in line with your unique interests, values and strengths.  This interactive workshop will give you the tools to create a career vision that is both meaningful and satisfying. More info can be found here.

24-hour Resources

CECD is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. If you need career-related assistance outside of office hours, take advantage of several 24-hour resources:

Talk to a Career Counselor
Drop by Thornton A115 during walk-in hours, or Rice 107 on Tuesdays between 3:00pm and 5:00pm for a resume or cover letter review, or for quick tips and advice. Need longer than 15 minutes? Prefer a different time? Log on to Handshake to make an appointment.

The University Career Center also offers walk-in advising assistance. Check the website for a list of times.

Making Appointments
1.    Log in to Handshake
2.    Select “Appointments” on the left hand side
3.    Select “Schedule New Appointment”
4.    Select “Center for Engineering Career Development” and your requested appointment type with Frances McBride or Heather Palmer.

Graduate Career Coaching
To set up an appointment send us an email.

Resume Assistance
Use the Resume Career Prep Packet (available online to the left or as a printed handout at our office) to guide you as you draft and develop your resume. Visit us during walk-in hours (see above) or schedule an individual appointment for a resume review.

Handshake is your resource for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and internships posted by employers specifically for U.Va. students. All U.Va. students and alumni have access to the general job postings through the Handshake system. Register for an account today, complete your profile, and upload your resume!

Employer Presentations
Some employers will be coming on-Grounds to conduct presentations. Please check the University Career Center Calendar for upcoming employer presentations. is the premier provider of thousands of informational video interviews with real professionals through an easy to use website. Our notion is that we can all learn from the experiences of others. Our site is dedicated to providing the inside scoop on careers so our viewers will be informed and ready for what lies ahead.

Contact Us
Phone: 434-924-3050
Fax: 434-924-7913

School of Engineering
University of Virginia
Thornton Hall A115
351 McCormick Road
PO Box 400234
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4234

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Walk-in Hours

In Thornton A115

Mondays: 1:30-3:00pm
Wednesdays: 9:30-11:00am

In Rice 107

Tuesdays 3:00-5:00pm