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This week at Engineer Blogs we’re talking about your role as an engineer as your company changes over time. I’m lucky enough to work for a company that has a well established and successful product. We also have lots of specialized support departments that attempt to make the engineer’s life a little easier. But on the other hand we are still rapidly growing. The company has more than doubled in size in my tenure. I’ve talked before about the conflicts between doing the technical work or doing project management work. A company with a reputation and a good administrative staff can be a huge boon to an engineer but if you are growing you need to be careful you don’t rest on your laurels either. (Street sign photo credit) When I had to return something in my personal life and stopped by the local post office I realized how spoiled…

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So last week Chris wrote a great post on the role of vendors. If you are an engineer you probably can’t escape them, or at least not for long. Problem is, your company might be a niche manufacturer and there are a variety of products and services you need from someone else. On the other hand, your company might be really flexible and able to ramp up and develop new procedures. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Some things should almost always be outsourced and the problem is figuring out why and when. For instance, your COTS parts. If you make rolls royce level electronics boxes it’s probably not in your best interest to start making your own connector backshells or sensors. You’re always going to be buying something from somebody. Most times it’s machined screws or gaskets. But other times the requests can get more complicated. The next…

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