In this episode, we talk about the importance of getting outside of your comfort zone and how those experiences — where you try something outside of your wheelhouse — often lead to seeing the greatest increase in personal and professional growth. Joining us today are Anthony Fasano, CEO of The Engineering Management Institute, and Cara Green, a Structural Engineering trade manager at Hilti North America. We also have a big announcement that we make during the episode, so keep listening to the end.
In this first episode of The Structural Engineering Channel podcast, we would like to introduce the show, the hosts, our goals for this show and give you an opportunity to provide us with topics or guests for future episodes.
This Is How the Podcast Came to Be:
Structural engineering, like most engineering industries, is constantly evolving with technical guidelines, new techniques, and updated standards. There are also new and exciting structural engineering projects being completed every day worldwide.
This niche industry deserves its own podcast to cover these issues, and therefore the Engineering Management Institute (EMI) is excited to be launching The Structural Engineering Podcast (TSEP). TSEP will cover items including but not limited to performance-based design, fasteners and connections, post-tensioned structures, smart structures, tsunami modeling, software solutions, seismic design, blast resistant design, wood, business issues, professional development for structural engineers, how to specify things effectively, and many more topics.
The podcast will be sponsored by Computers and Structures, Inc. (CSI) and we are grateful for their support. (CSI) Computers and Structures, Inc. is recognized globally as the pioneering leader in software tools for structural and earthquake engineering. Software from CSI is used by thousands of engineering firms in over 160 countries for the design of major projects.
Maximizing Productivity Hacks for Engineering Professionals is a guest blog by Kyle Umlauf, P.E.
Effective and successful engineers have something in common. They are capable of effectively managing their time. As a consulting engineer, your time is a precious commodity. Your clients are paying for your knowledge and time. Therefore, the action of maximizing your time, focus, and overall productivity, will equate to more money. Learning to master your time can do wonders for your engineering career and personal life.
In your career, managing your time will help you take on more tasks, delegate tasks as needed, and become a more productive member of the company. This will increase your value to the company and help you climb the ranks more quickly. In your personal life, better time management will help to maximize every hour of the day and make you feel in more control of your own life. This article is adapted from a previous article on my personal blog. [Read more…] about Maximizing Productivity Hacks for Engineering Professionals
Can You Explain Your Engineering Career Goals While Standing On One Leg?
As we begin another calendar year, I would urge you to think deeply about your professional career goals for the upcoming year, but also beyond that. What do you want to accomplish in your engineering career? What does your career look like from a big picture perspective? Could you explain it succinctly if I asked you to?
There are several fables around the idea of being able to describe something while standing on one leg, basically suggesting that this would force you to be concise and focus on the most important aspects of the thing you are attempting to explain.
Therefore, I want to challenge you to do this in your own engineering career.
In this episode, I will be talking to you about the 80/20 principle and a book called 80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More by Perry Marshall. I will discuss how you can leverage the 80/20 rule even further in your engineering career and life.
Here are the key points discussed on 80/20 Sales and Marketing:
In this episode, I am going to talk about whether or not it really matters what path you are taking in your engineering career. I will focus on using the 80/20 rule, goal setting and a quote taken from Alice in Wonderland.
Here are the key points discussed about the path you take in your engineering career:
In episode 057 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Mark Zweig, Founder, and Chairman of the Zweig Group and Chad Clinehens, PE, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Zweig Group about what it takes for building a successful AE Firm. If you want to grow as a Civil Engineer, or you want your company to grow, this episode will help you tremendously in achieving that goal.
Here are some of the questions I ask the Zweig Group leaders in regards to building a successful AE Firm.
- What are the characteristics of fast growing, successful AE firms?
- What made you decide to run a conference to recognize these firms?
- How should an AE firm approach branding?
AE Growth Quotes
Here are some key points discussed in this episode:
In this episode, I interview Zorya Belanger, as part of our Game Changing Career Moves series, and we discuss the initiatives she took with respect to skill development and the massive effect this had on her engineering career and life.
Here are some of the key points that our guest made on how self-improvement can improve your engineering career and life:
- By doing a variety of things that interests you, and learning new skill sets, different avenues will start to open for you.
- Creating a side business, reading eBooks and joining Toastmasters has helped me to learn more business skills. This has, in turn, helped my engineering career to move forward and has helped improve my financial situation both short and long term.
- Due to the skills I have developed, I was offered a new position at my engineering company which I am really enjoying doing.
- You should not only read books, you should put the information gained in these books into action as soon as you can.
- When all the different parts of your life are aligned, you will be much more successful in your career. This is known as vertical coherence.
- Trust that what you are doing is going to work out in the end. If you don’t do anything different, you will just stay where you are.
- Self-improvement is of the utmost importance if you want to succeed in your career and life.
More in this episode…
In the Take Action Today segment of the show, Zorya and I will help you to take action in your career.
About Zorya Belanger
Zorya Belanger is a professional materials engineer with 7 years of experience in failure analysis, pipeline integrity, fire investigations, and tank inspections. She graduated from the University of Alberta (located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) with a Bachelors of Science in Materials Engineering in 2009, and then completed the Management Essentials Program through U of A’s School of Business in 2014.
In 2013, Zorya began educating herself about real estate investing and created a real estate investing company with her husband (also an engineer). Currently, Zorya works at Acuren as a Sales Engineer doing business development. She uses her materials engineering expertise and business acumen to help bring in more business for the company. She bridges the gap between client needs and her company’s services.
The future depends on what you do today. – Mahatma Gandhi
Books mentioned in this session include:
|The Miracle Morning for Real Estate Agents: It’s Your Time to Rise and Shine||The 5 laws that determine all of life’s outcomes|
Resources and links mentioned in this session include:
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How can I take action in my career and improve myself?
We would love to hear any questions you might have or stories you might share on how self-improvement helped tto more rapidly advance your engineering career.
Please leave your comments, feedback or questions in the section below.
To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success
In this episode, I am going to share with you the best thing I ever did to advance my career in hopes that it will drive massive growth in your engineering career. Usually when you look back on your career, you can see a few moves that made a huge impact on your success — I want to help you identify those and duplicate them.