I’ve always wondered what engineers show when getting a job, and had the impression that for many engineers there wasn’t really a portfolio, so it’s interesting to see what you have here.
As a disclaimer I am not a manager who has hired someone like you or a fellow design engineer (though I often pretend to be), so I can’t talk from experience with design engineer portfolios. However, my first impression is that it looks very similar to an ID portfolio, and I don’t know readily know whether the fleshed out version of these projects (in a non-tease portfolio) is going be full of ID content or engineering content. Part of this comes from the overall graphic design, which is more of a design aesthetic than an engineering one, but I wouldn’t change that much. It’s really the content. I see more shots of finished products and closeups showing off how pretty things are than I do engineering looking things like charts, diagrams, calculations and FEAs. And the text often talks about aesthetics or functions or user interaction, all of which are more generally associated with ID than engineering. I know engineers think about function and user interaction too, and a design engineer doesn’t often, if ever, break out into calculus, but on the whole the content that you’ve picked for the tease is more associated with ID than engineering. I think you want to show you are an excellent engineer who can talk the language of ID and even do it in a pinch, but instead it comes across a little like you’re somewhere in between the two worlds lacking a core competency.
A few specifics: You start off with an ID project. This page itself might be fine, but don’t put it first. Better to surprise them later with design abilities than confuse them because they thought you were an engineer but are clearly seeing ID.
I’m not sure the full page triumph motorcycle page does much for you that can’t be put in a resume, so I’m not sure it’s necessary in its current incarnation. Looks like an ad.
The Jux Lamp looks like an ID project and has text like an ID project. if you engineered it, have maybe one money shot and the rest demonstrating the engineering work you did. Make up a graphic if your engineering work was never manifested into a graphic during the project.
The biogas plant looks like it could be a concept from an industrial designer. If you really made it work, emphasize that. And the diagram is friendly and accessible, but does not demonstrate deep knowledge. This diagram may be appropriate in other contexts, but I’d make another that demonstrates solid, deep, technical knowledge of the process and doesn’t look like a loose concept.
The city bags looks like a good project, but again there isn’t anything that waves a flag and says you’re an engineer. Even just an exploded view from CAD might say that you know how it was constructed.
Overall, don’t be afraid to get geeky, even if it makes the portfolio a little less pretty and eye-catching (in the typical sense, like an advertisement). And this is just my lowly opinion (again, I’ve never been on the hiring side of the table), but it’d be better for a manager to think “this engineering diagram is over my head, I’d better make sure I have a good engineer in on the interview” than “half of my ID staff has enough technical ability to do this, did she really need a masters in engineering?”