From Engineer to Entrepreneur – The Benefits of an Entrepreneurial Approach in Your Engineering Career with Sam Lytle

The following is a summary of Episode 39 of my podcast, The Engineering Career Coach (TECC) Podcast. I will summarize the main points in this post; however, you can also listen to the show through the player below or by subscribing on iTunes. I offer a career-changing tip at the end of each podcast session.

In this session of The Engineering Career Coach (TECC) Podcast, I interview Sam Lytle, PE who is a civil engineer turned entrepreneur and business owner. In this interview Lytle breaks down the benefits of how being an entrepreneur can help you as an engineer, whether you’re a business owner or a recent graduate.

Sam Lytle is a licensed civil engineer in Nevada and the owner of Civil FX, which provides premium 3D visualization and animation services associated with civil engineering projects.

Listen to this podcast episode and learn about how Lytle used an entrepreneurial approach in his engineering career to be successful working for companies and is now using the same approach to build his own company.

In this episode, Lytle discusses in detail the benefits of taking an entrepreneurial approach in your engineering career including:

  • You are able to identify the needs of your company or other people. This will give you an edge, if you can provide solutions catered to their needs.
  • You know your value. When people hear your name, the first thing that they are going to think of or remember should be your expertise. Developing this expertise and making people aware of it, is called self-branding. This talent may also be referred to as your unique selling proposition.
  • You know your passion. Keep on trying as many things as possible early on in your career to find your passion. Do internships and find that one thing that you are passionate about. There are a lot of opportunities in the field of engineering; you just have to find your niche.
  • You take initiative. Being able to do things that people say you won’t be able to do.

Whether you’re a recent graduate or you own a business, having that entrepreneurial mindset can definitely help you succeed in your engineering career or business.

Have you found this post useful? How have you applied the entrepreneurial approach in your engineering career?

Anthony Fasano, PE, author of Engineer Your Own Success, found success as an engineer at a very early age and now writes and podcasts to help other engineers do the same. Visit Anthony’s website at to access all of the free engineering career resources he has created to help engineers succeed.