• Question: In your last engineering position, what were some of the things that you spent the most time on, and how much time did you spend on each?

    Asked by ฅ^•ﻌ•^ฅImADog to Eleanor on 10 Mar 2016.
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      Eleanor Sherwen answered on 10 Mar 2016:

      Last as in, before this one?

      Before Brompton I worked at Renishaw’s branch in York. I spent my time on:
      a) New product ideas, sketches and CAD
      b) Prototyping/building models
      c) CAD development
      d) Testing
      e) Recording/organising/emails
      f) Drawing admin & design support for current products

      What you spend time on depends on what part of a project you are in, so it’s difficult to estimate. I guess across a week I would spend maybe:
      1/2 day on current product support
      1 day – 1.5 days on recording/organising/emails (sometimes more if a project was finishing)
      3 days – 3.5 days on “main” tasks eg. a) to d) depending on project phase

      Once a month we had an R&D meeting, it would last like 4 hours! Luckily other than that fairly few meetings, partly because my habit is to discuss things one-to-one all the way through so you don’t need as many big meetings.