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We can thank entertainment-type podcasts for making commuting and grocery shopping slightly more enjoyable. However, with so many industry-specific career podcasts out there, it’s great to take advantage of these free resources to boost our skills, learn from others, and be equally entertained by the stories.

For engineers, podcasts can spark inspiration and a new way of thinking directly from thought leaders in the industry. We sorted through countless engineering podcasts so you didn’t have to.

But wait! Before we get started sharing our fave shows, we couldn't help but include our very own show, The BigTime Podcast. Check out one of our engineering episodes with the CEO of SGW Designworks, Ryan Gray, discussing some of the challenges he’s faced while growing a custom engineering firm. (Watch above and watch the rest of the episodes here.)

Now, from inspiring to educational, here are some of our fave shows:

1. Engines of Our Ingenuity

The story of technological progress is one of drama and intrigue, sudden insight, and plain hard work. This podcast explores technology’s spectacular failures and many magnificent success stories. Listen Now

2. The Civil Engineering Podcast

With over 1.4 million downloads and counting, The Civil Engineering Podcast is the first of its kind— dedicated solely to helping civil engineers create extraordinary careers and lives. Listen Now

3. Unprofessional Engineering

Interested in science, technology, machinery, engineering, and the history behind everyday things? Unprofessional Engineering gets both kids and adults excited about STEM. Each week, the hosts of the show break down an engineering topic in a way everyone can understand and enjoy. Listen Now

4. Inside Skunk Works

This podcast uncovers future innovations through first-hand accounts of test pilots, engineers, and designers. In the latest season, the show dives into hypersonics, unmanned systems, and conceptual design. Listen Now

5. The Engineering Commons

Join engineers Adam, Brian, Carmen, and Jeff as they discuss issues of importance to today's engineering professionals. Guest engineers frequently provide insights based on their real-life experiences. Listen Now