Originally Posted by jocoyn
Technical people are not necessarily good at this but, sigh, IF you want to advance you need to learn the nuances of all the political games people play including being good at golf or whatever social activity goes on over there.
Being the best at what you do and having an unbending passion for quality, will often advance your respect but not necessarily your career for financial renumeration. You have to figure what is important.
Like I said - once my father went to QC and Management he hated his job but was paid well. Ever read about Apollo 13? My dad's boss yanked his "D stamp" (it was a sign off to launch) from his hand and said "its going up". My dad refused to watch the launch. I remember that day. He was pacing and fuming and wringing his hands.
Honestly, it is an old book but may be a worthwhile read "The Peter Principle"......
The cryo tank manufacturer was supposed to redesign the heater circuit to operate on 65VDC that was standard power at the time. The tank manufacturer left the heater control circuit to operate on 28VDC which is fairly standard in the aerospace business.
They accepted the tank(s) anyway and used them. Relay fused closed, Teflon wire insulation melted (in a tank of LOX). Time for a stir, and Boom.
Your dad probably knew this and others knew he knew it too.