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I am a young mechanical engineer with about 8 months of work experience, and 4 with my current team (reorg happened soon after I joined).

Calculations on the job are often rushed (1-2 days lead time) and the specific literature of my specific industry was not taught in school. I give this as the reason why I am often finding my assumptions to be incorrect after reviewing them with my more experienced colleagues. I'd say I'm right about 60-70% of the time. Also my presentation skills are shit and it takes me about 2x the time to set one up when compared to another engineer. Actually, I'd say everything I do takes 2x the time if I want to do it accurately.

For reference I got a 4.0 GPA at a very reputable university.

I have to rely on them quite a bit to get things right. At this point, should I expect to get fired/laid off? I have not been trained much, and landed my new role 4 months ago.

Can anyone weigh in on this? What are the expectations for incoming engineers and how shitty am I lol.

>> No.15754141

"specific literature of my specific industry:"
As you can see my brain is fried and my confidence is destroyed.

>> No.15754200

Ask for more training. Don't sit there and struggle

>> No.15754212

thanks anon, I will do this.
I honestly believe that another year or two of learning will lead me to be very proficient at my job.

In the meantime I am not able to accurately solve some of these problems without someone checking my assumptions.

It's odd to be this challenged when I did well in school, but it's still a good learning opportunity for me

>> No.15754216

>Reminder: /sci/ is for discussing topics pertaining to science and mathematics, not for helping you with your homework or helping you figure out your career path.

>If you want advice regarding college/university or your career path, go to /adv/ - Advice.

>> No.15754225

>landed my new role 4 months ago.
They've spent 4 months training you, at this point they're incentivised to make it work out. If you were truly useless you would have been shown the door within the first two weeks.

>> No.15754227

What type of engineering?

>> No.15754235

Are you entry-level? Did you complete undergrad recently? If so, the expectations are rock-bottom. General incompetence is expected, especially from kids who did half of undergrad at Zoom University.
Just stay engaged and learn all you can. And take your ego out of it.>>15754121

>> No.15754246

this is my first job out of college.
I have general competence, but yeah atm my pay is not justified by my output

>> No.15754247

>It's odd to be this challenged when I did well in school
School is to make sure you know the fundamentals of your field. It does fuck-all to prepare you for industry.
Remember what K said to Will Smoth in Men in Black
>I need to tell you something about all your "skills"
>as of right now, they mean precisely dick

>> No.15754251

Put that out of your mind. Engineers are paid shit compares to 30 years ago. You are likely being underpaid. Don't worry about your value.

>> No.15754262

Thanks everyone for the responses, and apologies for posting to the wrong board - I thought I'd have a better chance of getting opinions from other engineers on this board.