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While working as an IBM customer engineer I had occasion to work on a lot of "state of the art" mainframe computer equipment. I second the idea that designers of such stuff should have to work in the customer's office for at least a year before allowed to design anything!
One classic (in my mind) example. A bank of disk drives (8 as I recall) in 4 stacks of 2 each. Which, of course necessitated having to work on the lower ones by laying on the floor about half of the time.
Drive motor for those devices weighed in at about 50 pounds. Said drive motor had to be installed from the BOTTOM! Bad enough for the upper drive, but pure hell on the lower one.
The new motor had to be laid sideways on the floor, slid under the drive, then tilted upright to fit into the cavity where it went. Then lifted into place and the mounting bolts installed from above. 2 man job. Should have been installed from above, there was plenty of room! Just one example of all that "wonderful" design work done by "engineers" who had never actually worked on anything other than a drawing board.
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I thought of this thread on reading this this morning:
Surgical students losing dexterity to stitch patients
Surgeons need to be artisans as much as scientists. I used to think--naively--that men would be better than women at this because of growing up making stuff. I was wrong.
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This and the arbitrary all department lay-offs when you have at least a year of contractual work for ALL of your Engineers.
Can't encumber the bean counters with the responsibility of actually thinking where to make the cuts - they just cut across the board.
But the OP may be confusing Stylists/Designers with Engineers.
Engineers are rarely the ones who dictate how the design is supposed to look but may get stuck HAVING to cram parts into an area that they aren't going to be readily accessible..
Having worked on motorcycles at various dealerships for 13 years, I completed my career as a degreed Engineer (now retired).
One learns to tell where the fuck-up actually came from.
In the OPs case, I would bet money that someone was required to make the part fit into the design so the style would be retained.
They also likely had to make it work while pinching pennies to do so.
Most likely initaited by the styling/design department, not engineering.
The anticipation is often greater than the actual reward
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Absolutely. You'll notice that I included Designers in the title of my rant.
Be careful when following the masses. Sometimes the M is silent.
I reread your OP and noted that it was a Yamaha.
I have to admit from first hand experience, the pendulum swings both ways with that brand.
Designs that make it a royal PITA to perform maintenance work (ex. some early V-Twins and VMax).
Engineering that could only make sense to the person who developed it (ex. original FZR 750 clutch release mechanism).
The anticipation is often greater than the actual reward
I've been an electrical engineer for 20+ years now. While back in school, I got an internship at a particle beam research lab. I was teamed up with an electronics technician, and he taught me the ropes: soldering, circuit board design, building cables, using test equipment, data acquisition systems, 3-phase power...and so on. I learned more about being an EE working as an intern versus learning theory in school. Now I'm in the defense industry, so now I always think of the guys and gals on the production floor who integrate our designs, and figure out what I can do to make their job a little easier. I take my drawing down to them, show them, then ask "What do you think?" When we're in the prototyping phase, I have the drawings on-hand while integrating, making those redline changes, and still ask the question "What do you think?" These guys and gals have been in the defense industry for years, and just about seen it all. I rely on there experience, and always ask for their input. It really helps in building trust and respect. They go out of their way for me when I need a favor done. That internship was the best education I've had in my professional career.
And on a different note...Yes the stuff we work on for our military is expensive, but I can tell you this...I work for 1) The warfighter 2) the taxpayer. You get the best out of me everyday at work, because I know who I'm really working for.
"Make like a Civil Engineer; build a bridge, and get over it!"
I couldn't agree more with the OP.
I work in a fiberglass plant and have always said that the engineers and buyers should be made to work on the floor for 6 months minimum in order to help pull their heads out of their asses. Any more it is becoming evident that some upper management should do the same.
We have been bought out four times in the last four years by bigger and bigger global entities.
Micro management seems to be getting more and more"necessary" in the "great global scheme of things", and the problems cascade into what amounts to a hostile work environment.
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