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The Engineer-ish

The Engineer-ish

By Andrew & LaTorie Martin
The Engineer-ish is a space for those with an interest in engineering and tech.

Your hosts are two dope individuals who happen to have engineering, entrepreneurship, and excellence in common (oh — and their last name!). In this podcast, they navigate their mistakes, lessons learned, and what they may have done differently knowing what they know now.

Torie and Drew give you the podcast you never knew you needed until you got it.
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The Power of Consistency
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins welcome guest, engineer and AcaSTEMics CEO, Jerome McQueen, PE. He speaks on his process of turning his failure into success. When things seemed hopeless, Mr. McQueen implemented a strategy that changed his whole trajectory. Tune in to hear him explain how four tweaks made a lasting impact on his collegiate career. Additionally, Drew and Torie discuss the power of surrounding themselves with likeminded people and how that alone can make a difference. Do you know the story of 409 household products? How many times do you think they failed before being successful? Listen to learn about this motivating story. Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish Guest contact info: www.acastemics.com
45:21
January 17, 2022
A Life of Learning
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins discuss what they feel it means to be a lifelong learner and how life is a continuous opportunity to learn something new daily. Drew and Torie both discuss how they’ve become better learners over the years. They speak on mistakes and failures being the biggest proponent to learning. The idea of “fail first, fail fast” comes up as an important factor. Although many don't like to speak of failure, they both realize how important it is on a lifelong learner's journey. As a brand new year has just begun, this is the perfect episode to start out your new year. Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish
47:20
January 02, 2022
B%^#* Don’t Kill My Vibe
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins discuss vibe killers and how to deal with difficult people and situations in professional spaces. We have all dealt with difficult people in our social and professional circles. It is really easy to let them bring us down but it is much better to learn to manage those annoyances without allowing them to get us to that point. Drew speaks on a book he has read that speaks on how we distribute our energy. They also speak on the importance of setting boundaries and not allowing anyone to cross those limits no matter who or what. #Sidebar — Have you ever had to end a business relationship because you felt disrespected? Did money or respect win? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish
46:32
December 13, 2021
Level Up
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins pull from a poll on LinkedIn and let the listeners pick the topic for this episode. Torie speaks on the approach she uses for leveling up and how there is one key action word that helps move her from point A to point B. Collectively, Torie and Drew give listeners a roadmap with tools that can be used to stay on track when moving toward a major goal. Did you know that some goals can be difficult to accomplish simply because of the initial approach? This is an episode you’ll want to listen to before the end of the year and share with a friend. #Sidebar — Does your tribe (your people) push you toward your goals or do they detract you from them? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish
59:09
November 28, 2021
Your Pace, Your Race
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins discuss why is it counterproductive to compare your pace to others. They also recall some instances where they’ve fallen victim to making those comparisons and how they were able to snap out of it. Do you know how defining your unique “WHY” can help you? On this week's segment of #AwkwardAF, Drew practices his critical conversation skills in a dating scenario. #Sidebar —  When taking an exam, are you usually one of the first to finish or the last? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish Spartan Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7qSxvEyF1U
58:09
November 15, 2021
The Reverse Interview
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins introduce an important concept for job seekers to adopt called “reverse interviewing”. Drew and Torie put on their acting hats and roleplay by giving examples of methods anyone can use to determine if a company is a good fit for them with focus on  “WIIFM” (what’s in it for me). Interviews can be nerve wrecking right? Well, they are changing the way others should view the job interviewing process by providing good questions to use during ‘reverse interviews’. If you put an employer on the hot seat, interviewing becomes less intimidating! #Sidebar — As the year is coming to a close, have you accomplished at least two goals you’ve set for yourself? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish check out the article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tracybrower/2021/09/19/empathy-is-the-most-important-leadership-skill-according-to-research/?sh=681206623dc5
37:30
November 01, 2021
Awkward but Necessary (Professional Convos)
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins have a debate about the rules of eating cereal. On a more serious note, they discuss difficult conversations that are inevitable in professional spaces and the impacts of avoiding vs. facing them head on. Keeping in mind what they’ve learned from the book Crucial Conversations, they think back on their approach and what should have been done differently. There is no doubt, many of these conversations happen to be #AwkwardAF. #Sidebar — What goes first, the cereal or the milk? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish
46:07
October 18, 2021
Busting Myths About Engineers
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins are excited to return for a brand new season. They let listeners in on what they’ve been up to and what tricks they’ve got in their bag this season. On topic time, Drew and Torie bust some of the myths that most people don't seem to talk about concerning their kind, engineers. They also share what is going to be so “crucial” in the episodes to come. #Sidebar — What are some misconceptions you’ve heard about engineers? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish Check out the mag: https://publications.reengineer.co/view/102991327/
51:55
October 04, 2021
Twenty in the books
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, The Martins recant their fondest moments of their first season. If you missed any episode, they give insight on what you've missed and why you should go back to listen. For the day one listeners, this is a recap that will test your memory. In fact, it tested theirs. They also give a final assignment for listeners that they say is non-negotiable. As you patiently await Season 2’s return, there is plenty of time to complete the assignment! Season 2 is right around the corner, see ya October 3rd for all new episodes. Thanks for listening! -Torie & Drew #Sidebar — What was your favorite episode and why? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish Questions & Comments: (205) 549-3447
01:26:25
August 09, 2021
URGENT, Report to HR! (Extended Version)
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, The Martins speak on their most memorable resignation experiences. Torie explains why two week notices and exit interviews would also be beneficial in personal relationships. During the “Ask Engineer-ish” segment they land in Human Resources. Have you ever had questions, comments, or concerns for human resources that you were too afraid to voice because you didn’t want to rattle the cage in your organization? This episode for you. The Martins welcome a long awaited guest, Tia Barksdale the all-knowing Human Resources guru and career coach! #Sidebar — Have you ever emailed a two week notice? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish Questions & Comments: (205) 549-3447 Guest Email: barksdale32@gmail.com
01:50:19
July 26, 2021
The Morning After...
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, it’s ‘remix’ time again! The Martins recall and discuss their recent “morning after effects” and the lessons gained from them. Have you ever thought something was impossible and are now sitting on the other side of that challenge? It’s certainly a GREAT feeling and deserves to be recognized. What is yours? You deserve an applause; they’d love for you to share through any of the communication channels below. It may just touch someone who needs to hear it!  Our stories are the power that can create waves that impact the generations of the world. #Sidebar — Does accomplishing a major challenge make other difficult goals seem less intimidating? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish Questions & Comments: (205) 549-3447
45:45
July 11, 2021
New on the J.O.B.
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, The Martins speak about their feelings of being new in a work environment, what makes them feel comfortable and on the flip side uncomfortable. During the “Ask Engineer-ish” segment they welcome a guest who has 20 years experience rolling out corporate training programs at numerous organizations. Angelica Kontos gives tips on what to look for that can make your life less stressful before making a decision to start at a new company including red flags. She also shares great questions for job seekers to ask when an interviewer asks “do you have any questions for us”. If you want to be saved from potentially making the wrong decision in saying ‘YES’ to a new company, you'll want to listen to this with no skips! Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish Guest socials: LI:https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelicakontos/ Resources: www.td.org www.gartner.com
01:21:14
June 27, 2021
Horrible Bosses
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, The Martins want to know one simple question, “what your manager be like?” It seems that horrible bosses rarely get reprimanded or fired, is HR secretly working on their behalf and do rules even apply to them? From their experience in management roles, they both discuss some of the qualities that represent a good leader. You all will be surprised to find out Torie’s thoughts on what bad managers need to become better and it is NOT leadership training. If you have had a good or bad manager, this episode will certainly resonate. If you are in leadership or plan to be, this is an episode where you should be taking notes. Double #Sidebar — has your intuition or inner voice ever spoken to you when taking an exam and saved you from missing a question? Have you ever had a bad or incompetent manager and wondered how they got in their role? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish Questions & Comments: (205) 549-3447
01:06:38
June 13, 2021
Recruiters for the WIN!
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, The Martins discuss their experiences with job recruiters, the positive and negative. They also share a questionable email from a recruiter and how they felt about the approach. During the “Ask Engineer-ish” segment they welcome a guest who is known for easing the job search process by finding the right position and company for his clients. Chris Clinard “the good guy” explains how recruiters can be a huge asset in assisting individuals level up. Did you know there is a huge need for engineering and technology talent? This is an episode you want to play with no skips! #Sidebar — have you ever had an annoying experience with a job recruiter that made you perceive them in a negative manner? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish Guest socials: LI: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisclinard/ Email: chris.clinard@tekstream.com
01:23:52
May 31, 2021
Engineering + Wellness
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, The Martins discuss the stresses of being an engineer and sometimes even working with other engineers. How did they handle the demands of being in their roles during some of the most stressful times? They also welcome a special guest to the “Ask Engineer-ish” segment who has mastered “engineering wellness from within”. Lennis Perez explains how her chemical engineering background and wellness inspired her to build a business and lifestyle infusing the two. As a certified meditation guru, she gives best practices on how, when, where, and why to meditate. #Sidebar — If you meditate, does your mind wander in every direction when you try to focus on your breath? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish Guest socials: IG: @lennisperez Website: www.lennisperez.com
01:26:36
May 16, 2021
Secure the Bag (Salary Negotiation)
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, The Martins give listeners some major keys to securing the bag. Most people cringe when it comes to salary negotiation because it can feel awkward and no one likes being told “no”. This episode gives simple steps you should take to ensure you walk away with more money and confidence. If you’d like to practice your interview and negotiation skills, they have a solution for you! On the “Ask Engineer-ish” segment, Torie touches on natural hair in the workplace for a listener who has some concerns. #Sidebar - Have you ever countered an offer and been rejected? Did you still take the job? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish Interview & negotiation prep: (205) 549-3447
01:13:36
May 02, 2021
Sidebar Sunday
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, it’s ‘remix’ time again! The Martins introduce their upcoming ‘Sidebar Sunday’ and what it’s inspired by. For the listeners who haven't been reading the notes, you're in for a treat because you've been missing out. #Sidebar — Have you been reading the episode notes? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish
59:52
April 18, 2021
Perception vs Reality
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, The Martins recall their first career jobs and discuss if their perceptions aligned with reality. Who else remembers those first interview experiences? They touch on salary shockers and much more! Find out if their first was everything they thought it would be. On the “Ask Engineer-ish” segment, Drew advises a listener who is experiencing being homesick after relocating for a job. #Sidebar — Was your first job what you envisioned it to be? If not, what didn't meet your initial expectations? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish
58:12
April 04, 2021
It's the Versatility for Me...
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, The Martins welcome their first guest Eduardo Flores who brings memes, comedy, and engineering to his large following on Instagram. They discuss the versatility in engineering and how some engineers land in spaces that may be somewhat surprising to others. Is entrepreneurship the new norm for engineers and techies? Eduardo shares his story and how he has found a way to mix memes and entrepreneurship along his journey. You don’t want to miss how nervous Torie and Drew make Eduardo in the #AwkwardAF segment. #Sidebar — Are you an engineer who does not see yourself staying on the typical corporate career route? What prompted your decision to go against the grain? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish Guest socials: IG: @engineeringmemesguy @lumisautomation
54:26
March 21, 2021
Blame It on the Team
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins delve into the dynamics of teamwork and some of the frustrations that come along with being a part of a team. They use Tuckman’s stages of group development to make sense of it all. They realize teams fall into place or unfortunately fall apart but there's a lesson to be learned either way! #Sidebar — What is the worst team you’ve been a part of and why? Did y’all ever accomplish the set goal? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Stay in the loop, follow us on IG & Twitter: @theengineer_ish
01:02:02
March 07, 2021
Say Thank You
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, Drew couldn't stop talking about how great and impressive women are. Torie was feeling the love and agreed. She also highlighted her experiences of being a minority in a male dominated field. On the “Ask Engineer-ish” segment, Drew advises a listener who regrets mixing business with pleasure. #Sidebar — have you ever gone to HR to report anyone for their shenanigans? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish Project management tool: https://asana.com
55:54
February 21, 2021
Does size really matter?
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, Drew feels targeted when Torie brings up the topic, ‘does size really matter’, only to find out the focus is on company size. Join the Martins as they discuss the pros and cons of bigger vs smaller companies and their experiences with both. They have an eye opening conclusion and finally come to an agreement on ‘is bigger really better’. #Sidebar — if you’ve worked at bigger and smaller companies, how does the onboarding training at both compare and contrast? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish
01:16:09
February 08, 2021
S.T.A.R.
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins kick off their first ‘remix’ episode. Their reputations are on the line as they take on their first interview of 2021. Unlike most interviews that they have experienced, they are at least able to keep it professional, funny, and real. #Sidebar — which interview have you been the most nervous and why? What was the end result? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish
01:12:16
January 25, 2021
Hindsight 20-20 in 2020
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins discuss using hindsight to learn a lesson and thrive. They also think back on past decisions and how, or if, they would have done things differently, and how fear of failure has impacted some of their past decisions. On the #AwkwardAF segment, Drew has to let a date down gently who looks nothing like her profile pictures, and Torie drops gems in “Engineering Education” on a resume hack that could land you your next interview. #Sidebar — have you ever swiped right on someone who looked different than you expected in person? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish Resume Assistant: https://bit.ly/33lFLEs
01:13:25
January 11, 2021
Email Entanglement
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins discuss creating mutually beneficial relationships with recruiters and juggling work-life balance. On the “Ask Engineer-ish” segment, they advise a troubled listener who is trapped in an email entanglement on the job. #Sidebar — has your work cell phone ever gotten you into any trouble? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish
01:04:49
December 28, 2020
Can You Count to a Billion?
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins discuss how to focus at work and school post the racial divide in our country and how they keep from going off on those who don't seem to get it or sympathize. On the “Ask Engineer-ish” segment, Torie guides a listener who has become bored in the role of a Quality Engineer. #Sidebar — What is the shortest amount of time that you worked for a company? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish
01:10:52
December 22, 2020
Born to Lose, Built to Win
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, the Martins discuss combating racism and injustices at school/work and their personal experiences with bias and racism throughout their journeys. On the #AwkwardAF segment, Torie has to give a friend harsh but honest feedback. #Sidebar — have you ever told someone who thinks they sing well that you think otherwise? #AwkwardAF Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish
01:07:24
December 14, 2020
It All Started When…
On today’s episode of The Engineer-ish, both hosts spill the beans on their Martin last name and why this podcast was created to be a navigational tool for future, current and aspiring engineers. On the “Ask Engineer-ish” segment, they advise a listener whose long nails may get in the way of her next career move. In “Engineering Education” they explain a great alternative to those seeking to add professional experience to their resumes. #Sidebar — if you are old enough, do you remember your AOL instant messenger screen name? Write us: theengineer.ish@gmail.com Follow & tweet us with our tags: @theengineer_ish Side hustles: www.upwork.com
01:33:34
December 07, 2020