> "Austin Shackles" <austinNOSPAM@ddol-las.net> wrote in message
>> I think I've already done this rant. bloody designers should all be
>> made to do a minimum of a year as a mechanic in a busy workshop as
>> part of their training.
>> replacing the turbo oil drain pipe (thanks, Beamends Richard for
>> posting it promptly, you should have a cheque in the near future)
>> *should* take about 10 minutes. In reality, it took about an hour,
>> thanks to stuff in the way in all directions where you might access
>> the unnecessarily large gland nut that secures it to the block.
>> Austin Shackles. www.ddol-las.fsnet.co.uk my opinions are just that
>> "Quos deus vult perdere, prius dementat" Euripedes, quoted in
>> Boswell's "Johnson".
>> I have been Twenty-nine years in the motor trade. I came to the
> that designers should be hung upside-down by the >bollocks after the
> first hour working on a car.
>> I think a cattle prod could be therapeutic for you if you ever
>> find one of the assholes.
After thirty years working on all sorts of vehicles, I then became a manager
and was then moved into the planning/design side. As with any job there are
designers and designers. We have the people fresh from university with their
degree who know it all. There is also the people who take the easy way out
and design things without leaving their desks. Then you have the people who
have not been worn down by the system and try to do a sensible job but have
to suffer when the Purchasing people slide into the Managing Director and
get changes instituted just to save a few pence. The biggest opponent is the
company accountant. He sees only the initial cost and wants only the
cheapest thing purchased, when the thing goes wrong "oh thats a workshops
Then you find that purchasing have negotiated away the waranty period. When
you dig your toes in and make a fuss - you are told "you are not a team
player - we have no use for prima donnas. I do agree though, all people who
design things should spend a time dealing with user. Who the hell designed
the Centurion tank, he should have been made to work on it in temperatures
of 100degrees F and then try at minus forty as well. I always liked the
story of the guy designed the gear linkage to go through the turret
assembly -so that when the turret was rotated it sheared the linkage! I'm
not sure that it was true but it makes a good story. Never mind the
amphibious vehicle that would not float. Now I await the insults¬!!!!