The Happy Engineer Podcast

WHERE WE HELP ENGINEERS  at all levels to achieve career success without suffering burnout. 




The Happy Engineer Podcast helps engineers at all levels to achieve career success without suffering burnout. Build your career, balance your life, and be happy!

Your host, Zach White, knows what it takes to be a successful engineer. Each week, the former engineering leader, now turned CEO and sought after Lifestyle Engineering Coach, will help you create an action plan to level up your career while designing a life you love.

Enjoy inspiring conversations with experts from all corners of industry and life, redefining work-life balance for a new world.  Stop living below your potential, engineer!  Learn how to overcome any career obstacle you face.  Get off the road to burnout.

Crush comfort, create courage, and LET’S DO THIS!



Zach White is a widely regarded Coach known worldwide for changing the game in engineering career coaching.  He has worked with engineers at all levels from dozens of top companies like Apple, Google, and General Motors to escape burnout and achieve breakthrough results.  Zach is the founder and CEO of OACO, a fast growing company with unique and proven coaching programs exclusively for engineers.  He also hosts The Happy Engineer Podcast, where listeners discover the steps to engineering success through expert interviews and Zach’s own transformational framework, the Lifestyle Engineering Blueprint.  

Zach understands the engineering journey first hand, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  With over a decade of experience and top performance in a $20B organization, he is now a sought after Coach by engineering leaders around the world.  

As a growing entrepreneur, Zach is also a Partner at PermaVentures, a private equity investment group and startup studio based in Southwest Michigan.

Zach White - Happy Engineer Podcast host



007: Love Self Care with Deb Crowe

007: Love Self Care with Deb Crowe

Can you imagine sitting in hospice with five of your team members as they passed from this life, in a period of only ten months? Does self-care ever feel selfish to you? Why do people use the words, “busy”, “sorry”, and “just” so often?

In this episode, Heart-Centered Leadership expert and coach, Deb Crowe, goes straight to the heart of your career and life. Deb has held many hands during times of trauma, grief, loss, and she extends a hand of love to you today.

Discover the truth of how critical self-care is for engineering leaders and executives. Here’s a hint: it’s not an occasional chocolate bar or weekend getaway to an AirBnB. How can you know if you have a healthy self-care mindset? Deb will tell you.

Whether you have experienced trauma in your own life or not, if you are on the road to burnout or not, it doesn’t matter. Every engineer needs what Deb shares in this conversation. This is for YOU.

006: Defeat Doubt with Dean Karrel

006: Defeat Doubt with Dean Karrel

What five words would you carry to motivate yourself, for the next 30 YEARS? How deeply do you struggle with self-doubt? Have you been trained how to fire, and not just how to hire?

In this episode, the former Vice President of Sales at Wiley Publishing, Dean Karrel, is going to help you defeat doubt. Step outside your usual engineering department lens and learn from one of the most sincere coaches in the business.

Dean has carried the same note in his wallet for more than 30 years. A note that carried him through tough times, and served as the fuel he needed when motivation to do hard things was wearing thin. Discover what that note said, and why it matters for you today.

You don’t need to be in sales to need what Dean has to offer. Every engineer I know will benefit from this conversation, and I want to see you win!

So press play and let’s chat… maybe you will keep The Happy Engineer in your pocket for motivation the next 30 years!

005: Find Perfect Fit with Kate Terrell

005: Find Perfect Fit with Kate Terrell

Confused between a big “brand name” company career, versus joining a small “hip & cool” startup? How can you know which will be a great fit? What are you most afraid of?

In this episode, face fear, overcome imposter syndrome and find your perfect fit with Kate Terrell. Her life was changed by “9/11” (September 11, 2001 being in Manhattan). Since then, her success and resume in developing talent is too long to outline.

Currently, Kate is the Chief People Officer at rapidly growing startup, Aktana. She is the former SVP & CHRO at Driscoll’s. And before that, where we first met, she was VP of HR for the Global Products Organization at Whirlpool Corporation.

But it’s not her stratospheric accomplishments that will draw you into this conversation. Kate is an engineer’s executive. She looked at the worst case scenario, faced her fears, and took action.

It’s what she learned about integrating work and life along the way that you don’t want to miss.

004: Masking Inner Demons with Nader Mowlaee

004: Masking Inner Demons with Nader Mowlaee

Ever felt like a complete failure? What mask are you hiding behind so people don’t see the real you? Do you need a new approach to job hunting and interviewing that actually ends with an OFFER?

In this episode, experience the raw courage of Nader Mowlaee. His story of losing the engineering dream, pretending to be something not himself, and ultimately taking off the masks so many of you are still hiding behind, is an inspiration.

If you are still finding your own way, you don’t want to miss this conversation. Overcome depression and anxiety, and be in the moment.

On top of that, Nader is an expert recruiter and engineering job search acceleration coach. He brings actionable advice on how to avoid the traffic jams and move through the interview process to land offers at your dream job.

I’ve got great news… you can do it.

003: Mythbusting Multitasking with Dave Crenshaw

003: Mythbusting Multitasking with Dave Crenshaw

Imagine having 40 extra hours per month, what would you do? What is the secret to working less and earning more? Do you know the truth about multitasking?

In this episode, unpack the reality that career success breeds career chaos. Dave Crenshaw has 10+ MILLION views of his productivity courses on LinkedIn Learning to help solve that problem.

He was not born with it. Dave has overcome being diagnosed “freaking off the chart ADHD.” He has stripped down success in time management to only what is absolutely necessary. Now he coaches leaders at the highest level to reclaim their life by reclaiming their hours.

002: Reverse Engineer Success with Jeff Baietto

002: Reverse Engineer Success with Jeff Baietto

What would you do if you lost everything? Does success always seem just out of reach? Do you dare put stand-up comedy on your career development plan?

In this episode, learn how to reverse engineer success with Jeff Baietto. He is host of the InJoy Success Podcast and CEO at InJoy Global, where his Masters in Spiritual Psychology comes in handy creating systems and technology that support rewiring your nervous system.

Jeff experienced the highs of early success, followed by the rock-bottom lows of losing it all. If you have achieved the accolades of what most engineers call success, but you don’t feel successful… this conversation is for you.

If you don’t have any of the accolades, and want more success… this conversation is for you.

We are going to explore what really matters most (hint — it’s not more time at the office).

001: Encountering Death with Zander Fryer

001: Encountering Death with Zander Fryer

Have you been job hopping? Unable to find the right fit? Is your left-brain bias creating barriers to emotional intelligence? Stick around to find out Zander and Zach’s answers, advice and genius surrounding these questions. In this interview with the one and only Zander Fryer, it’s safe to say minds were blown. Starting off in the typical engineer career path, successful but not fulfilled, Zander found a calling in coaching and entrepreneurship and is now CEO of Sh*t You Don’t Learn In College and High Impact Coaching.