How We Help Engineers
Succeed in Work and Life
I’m Anthony. I’m a 38-year-old professional engineer turned author/speaker originally from New York who makes a living helping engineers be successful both professionally and personally. My partner, Christian Knutson, PE, spent over two decades as a civil engineer field grade officer in the U.S. Air Force and has managed and mentored hundreds of engineers during that time.
We didn’t design the Empire State Building or the Golden Gate Bridge, but we both figured out how to become successful engineers very early on in our careers and now we have the honor of helping other engineers do the same.
If you are an engineer and have ever asked yourself:
- How can I get a better engineering job?
- How do I obtain my PE license?
- How do I become a partner in an engineering firm?
- How do I become a project manager or a better project manager?
- How can I become a better public speaker?
- How can I achieve more balance between my job and personal life?
- Or if you’ve ever just needed someone to provide some engineering career advice and guidance…
…You’re in the RIGHT place!
I used to have a 9-to-5 job as a design engineer, which I really did enjoy. I was working as a civil engineer on residential and commercial development projects. I realized early in my career that to be successful as an engineer I needed to develop my non-technical or core skills, such as: communication and speaking abilities, networking and organizational skills, and leadership abilities.
After doing so, I was promoted to an associate in a reputable engineering firm at age 27. At that time, my employer recognized my unique skill sets and asked me to coach and train other engineers in the firm on developing these skills. This made me realize two things. First of all, MOST engineers need help with developing these core skills and secondly – I loved helping them.
When I met Christian Knutson, he had similar aspirations of helping engineers succeed in work and life, so we decided to partner up to bring even more value to engineers looking to succeed.
I am not promising you that if you read one of our blog articles or listen to one of our podcast episodes you will instantly become a partner in an engineering firm.
Being a successful engineer takes time and a lot of hard work, but if you are willing to do the work – we have an unlimited amount of resources on this site and in our private community that can help you.
Our mission statement summarizes how we help engineers, and our vision statement pushes us to be the best at what we do:
We provide powerful Content, run a supportive Community, and foster meaningful Connections for engineers who want to lead extraordinary careers and lives.
Become the go-to resource for engineers who want to succeed in work and life.
We won’t write articles or record podcast episodes just to produce them. We survey our readers, find out what their challenges are, and create content to help them build extraordinary engineering careers and lives.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to hear from you soon! Feel free to scroll down to read and ask questions of our team members.
To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
The Engineering Career Coach
Author of Engineer Your Own Success
Christian Knutson, P.E., PMP is a leader, coach and practitioner in the area of infrastructure program management, strategy alignment/development and team/organizational leadership. With over two decades as a civil engineer field grade officer in the U.S. Air Force, Knutson has developed the soft skills necessary for an engineer to be successful on project/program execution and leading people. He has helped engineers grow personally and to develop as leaders through leadership positions in the Air Force and also through his writing at The Engineer Leader blog over the past few years. Knutson now blogs regularly on The Engineering Career Coach site and serves as a periodic co-host on both The Engineering Career Coach (TECC) Podcast and The Civil Engineering Podcast (CEP). Click here to submit a question to Christian about your career or personal development.
Anthony Fasano is the founder of the Engineering Career Coach website and podcast, which a resource that provides free and affordable career and personal development resources specifically for younger and developing engineers. After becoming an associate at a reputable civil engineering firm at the age of 27, Fasano realized that his success was related largely to the development of his non-technical skills. Since that time Fasano has decided to transition his career from designing to inspiring engineers in their soft skill development through coaching, speaking and training.
In the past few years Anthony has written an bestselling book entitled Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career and created an top-rated engineering iTunes podcast entitled The Engineering Career Coach. Fasano also founded The Engineering Mastermind, a private supportive community built to help engineers succeed in work and life. Click here to submit a question to Anthony about your career or personal development.
Betty Arellano, Executive Assistant
Arellano graduated from De La Salle University Philippines with a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering. She received her Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Philippines (UP). Her Masters’ thesis was about studying different carrier materials for upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor. During this time, she had a chance to work for a wastewater treatment firm in Iowa as a fellow student for 6 months. She and her other UP colleagues formed a consulting company to assist companies with their environmental compliance, permitting requirements and impact assessment. Shortly after, Betty was selected as one of the Philippine representatives for the Industrial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer in Germany, which lasted for 10 months. Betty moved to the United States in 2006, and joined our team in 2012.