What is the biggest waste of time in engineers work-day?

Meetings, Inserting BOM data to ERP, etc

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Usually waiting for an answer from a customer and doing nothing useful while the clock is ticking...

 
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Depends on whos time you're wasting. Working on freelance work while at your real job? :)

 
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-Handling of CAD-files in PDM-systems.

-Drinking coffee.

 
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-Trying to cope with last minute changes
-Trying to figure out what your client exactly wants because sometimes they don't know how to say it
-Sending back dwg files because they are in a wrong format (2012 instead of 2010)
-Browsing in grabcad

 
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Completing forms for ISO 9001 and ISO 17020

 
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"Waiting for responses from other people so that i can get on with my job....."

 
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There are many...

1) Looking for information. I.e. not having the required standards within the company (E.g. ISO, ASME etc) or the companies own internal standards being out of date.

2) Poor QC control passing problems to the customer who comes back to the engineer for a resolution.

3) Poor project control. Engineers having to do the work of project managers

4) Email / Phones. Sometimes its just nice not to be disturbed!

 
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I wouldn't call it a waste of time, but I do spend A LOT OF TIME ON GRABCAD!

 
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Letting ones interest control one and holding back what needs to be done while one indulges these interests. There is nothing wrong with having interest but it is just too easy for ones interest to pull one away from the work that needs to be done.

 
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Waste of time right?? I study mechanical engineering and i must read and take an exam at logistics.... I have no clue what is this about...

 
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Consuming a too much informations from various obscure I-sites.
A'la infodrugs - too much infocracks-(-useless picturs) or infoeers (-useless text) or infomusk (-useless random music)

 
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Facebook, tab explosions, the appearance of productivity

 
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9gag, pinterest.... And yahoo article comments.... hehehehe

 
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