KSA Engineering

Writing KSAs for engineering jobs as well as KSA airlines can be truly difficult. This huge range of skills, qualifications, knowledge, and experience includes a potentially vast area of specialist, generalist, and technical qualifications like few other professions.

Engineering KSAs basics


Very important – Readers of your KSAs just want to know whether you meet the job criteria. Keep your KSAs simple, straightforward, and easy to read and understand.

The degree of difficulty in engineering KSAs writing depends on the criteria for the jobs. A requirement for “advanced CAD design skills”, for example, will require a range of KSA information.

When you’re writing civil engineering KSAs, and other engineering KSAs write them like you’d write technical information on the job – Direct, to the point, with no excess baggage information. Clearly spell out your information for each KSA entry.

When checking job criteria, be systematic. Go through the essentials one at a time, and make sure you know exactly what the employer’s looking for.

If you’re not sure, or if the information provided doesn’t give you enough information, ask. Don’t guess about what information is supposed to be provided.

Don’t make the readers of your KSAs have to guess whether or not you can do the work required, either. When describing your CAD skills in context with a job, use an example of your work in that particular field. Remember – Lay readers don’t necessarily understand the similarities and differences in CAD work, so be specific.

One paragraph is usually enough, unless there’s a specific requirement for a lot of information. Just stick to providing the required information.

Design skills engineering KSAs can be very complex. Highly experienced engineers could write a book on this subject, and you need to resist that temptation. If necessary, break up the design KSAs into bite-size paragraphs, addressing each of the job criteria. This makes your KSAs much easier to read, and to write. In this form, you can also see whether you’ve left anything out.

Systems engineering KSAs can also be problematic in terms of the amount of information required. Again, break up the information into useful-size sections.

Specialist engineering KSAs are perhaps the most difficult of all. You need to be careful to make sure your reader gets the message that you can do the job.

This is as much a communications exercise as a job application, so be patient while writing your KSAs and check every box in the essential criteria. In this case, breaking up your information into easy slices is definitely a major plus.

Managing your information

As an engineer, you will know that information quality is critical. You don’t leave things out of your plans, so don’t leave anything out of your KSAs. Your KSAs should read like a good plan with everything mapped out, findable, and understandable.

Impose some quality controls on your KSAs at the drafting stage:

  • Make sure that all relevant information is included.
  • Check everything for gaps, missing information, typos, etc.
  • Make sure that your information is easily accessible and that your reader doesn’t require a PhD to understand it.
  • Now- Are you happy with your information quality and the standard of information you’ve provided?

Your application is ready to submit.