Archive for August, 2011


I have had this saying up over my office for over 30 years. It is a mindset. You set yourself to do the best engineering job that is possible given your talent, tools and the time allowed. We can discuss the time it takes to do your engineering job right, meaning right the first time, but management is always pushing engineering, that is a given. The cost to the company, and to you, can be very high when engineering has not had adequate time to investigate, and iterate through a series of ideas to solve the design challenges in the most correct, cost effective way.

I have had managers take exception to the above statement…as an affront to what they are charged in doing. That has never been my point. Given the challenge statement and the solutions offered, it takes time to get it right, so those engineers can move on to the next project. Everyone has probably heard “the devil is in the details”. And, he can make your life very difficult when those details are not attended to, or forgotten in the rush. Adequate planning, a defined project scope, and design engineering experience will address most issues, as the project design challenges are managed and executed in a timely, cost effective manner.

Just getting this started…

Good Morning…

I am going to share experience and insights that I have learned from 35 years in the engineering field. There are so many great reference sites for engineering and I will talk about the list of sites I use on a regular basis. I also want to direct some traffic to my company website…

Mike Shipulski has a great site discussing a variety of engineering challenges. He shares his insight from years of experience.
http://www.shipulski.com/
Shipulski On Design has a wealth of articles and links for engineering information.