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7 awesome engineering podcasts to boost your career development



Remember the days when if you wanted to learn about the latest developments in engineering you had to wade through a massive text book or track down an obscure journal? Well, thanks to the rise of digital media and the ubiquity of smart phones, there’s now a much easier way to stay up-to-date with the latest industry developments- podcasts! 
7 awesome engineering podcasts to boost your career development
It’s a rapidly growing media format, and there are hundreds to choose from, so we’ve done the hard work and found the 7 best engineering podcasts that will help your career development.
The Engineers Collective

The Engineers Collective

From the roads we travel on to the taps we drink from, engineers are responsible for the very foundations and underpinnings of modern civilisation. Yet, for the average person it’s all too important to take these innovations for granted and forget the role that engineers play in shaping the world.

The Engineers Collective podcast is a monthly podcast from the New Civil Engineer magazine which seeks to give civil engineers the recognition they deserve. It’s not all abstract theory though. The podcast regularly takes ‘deep dives’ into the futures of key civil infrastructure sectors such as rail, airports, and harbours. It’s also not averse to a bit of politics from time to time, examining the how the policies of different political parties could affect the civil engineering sector.

You can listen to The Engineers Collective here.
Engineering Heroes

Engineering Heroes

What better way to develop your career than to listen to the advice and experiences of the very best engineers in the world? Well, you can do just that with the Engineering Heroes podcast. Formerly known as ‘Beer with an Engineer’, the Engineering Heroes podcast interviews engineers from a huge variety of backgrounds covering issues as varied as creativity, gender diversity, climate change, future energy sources and hundreds of other interesting topics!

The Engineering Heroes podcast doesn’t just cover the technical side of things. Many interviews discuss personal issues and barriers, and what the guest had to do to overcome them. There’s certainly a lot of valuable ‘soft skills’ and career advice that you can pick up in between discussion of chemistry, electronics and all the other cool techy stuff they typically discuss.

You can listen to the Engineering Heroes podcast here.
Soft Skills Engineering

Soft Skills Engineering

Technical skills and experience are important – but so too are soft skills, especially in today’s engineering and technical industries. Whilst the Soft Skills Engineering podcast is focused on software developers, we reckon it contains content that engineers of all stripes could benefit from.

Considering issues such as pay raises, hiring, becoming a manager, frustrating co-workers, how to diplomatically quit a job, the frustration of meetings, and much else, we think the Soft Skills Engineering podcast is a bit like having your own personal job coach, but on your phone, as a podcast.

We’re not indulging in hyperbole either! Have a scroll through their reviews on iTunes and you’ll find some awesome feedback:

“Not only did Soft Skills Engineering help me land my first gig, I also used your advice to negotiate a $10,000 raise! I love your podcast and will continue to heartily recommend you to everyone I know!”

With recommendations like that, why haven’t you subscribed yet?

You can listen to the Soft Skills Engineering podcast here.
Engineering Matters

Engineering Matters

The Engineering Matters podcast highlights the most impressive feats of engineering and what went into making them a reality. Spanning the works of many engineering disciplines, from electronics, civil and aerospace, Engineering Matters will not leave you bored! A really broad swathe of topics has already been covered such as community power, millennial engineers, the blockchain revolution, digital transformation and the rise of AI, and we’re sure that future episodes will cover an equally diverse range of topics!

Aside from the broad range of topics, the Engineering Matters podcast also employs several different formats which certainly helps to keep things interesting. Subscribe and you’ll find yourself listening to a mix of interviews, panel debates, analysis and even some site visits.
You can listen to the Engineering Matters podcast here.
The MicroFab podcast

MicroFab Engineering 

For all you electrical engineers reading this, the MicroFab Engineering podcast should be your first port of call when seeking out some audio entertainment. Run by a Texas-based PCB fab and assembly house (funnily enough also named MicroFab), the MicroFab Engineering podcast takes a unique view on electronic hardware and design. The two hosts, Parker and Stephen, don’t things too seriously though, so expect some laughs and hi-jinks amongst the technical details and educational content…

You can listen to the MicroFab Engineering podcast here.
The Engineering Commons

The Engineering Commons

Pitching itself as offering ‘practical insights for the engineering crowd’, the Engineering Commons podcast features a cast of four engineers who discuss the challenges and opportunities of being an engineer. The four hosts make excellent conversationalists and you’ll find yourself reaching for your notepad to quickly jot down the many fantastic insights and ideas that pour forth during their conversations. Jeff – a mechanical engineer with 20+ years’ experience in manufacturing operations, Adam – a civil engineer specialising in roadway construction, Brian – an electrical engineer specialising in avionics, and Carmen – who works on computer applications, offer a great listening experience. 

Yes, it’s a very American-centric podcast, but we think anyone who wants to learn more about working in engineering will find it useful.

You can listen to the Engineering Commons podcast here.
The Engineering Career Coach

The Engineering Career Coach

Hosted by engineer Anthony Fasano and former US Air Force civil engineer Christian Knuston, the Engineering Career Coach podcast aims to provide biweekly career and personal development device and information from people who have ‘been there, done that’. As such, this is particularly recommended if you’re a younger engineer making your first foray into the industry (but having said that, we never stop learning, do we? Anyone could potentially benefit from listening to this podcast).

Hosted by the Engineering Management Institute, the Engineering Career Coach podcast actually invites input and interaction from its listeners. If you have an engineering career or personal development related question that you’d like Anthony and Christian to answer, you can submit your question here.

With over 2 million downloads since launch, the Engineering Career Coach podcast should definitely be on your ‘to listen’ list!
You can listen to the Engineering Career Coach podcast here.
Listen and learn with the 7 best engineering podcasts out there!

Listen and learn

As you can see there are plenty of podcasts out there to help you learn and develop on the go. These are the top five picks from the team here at Fircroft, but do you have any suggestions? Or there any great podcasts that you think we should include on the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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