1997 -A New department manager was appointed, after our segment Manager left to further his career.
The new manager bidded on a "new project" from my existing customer to expand our revenue.
The Prior main engineer - now "advisor to the new manager"- attempted to discredit my interest in a Engineering position. - Since I had fixed his designs on the two prior projects. Now that our manager was gone.
Despite my performance and Credentials they set about disuading my interest in advancement.
Including asking another engineer to advise me, "I did not want the responsibilities of being an engineer".
But In order to get the project, I was offered the "opportunity".
to design "two new products lines" for the company.
to prove my engineering abilties relative to our department.
I was to design the project from cradle to production in order to manage later "if I succeeded".
I explained I had been overlooked.
They did not realize
I had the same degree, from the same school, as the manager
they had hired a year before. We graduated a year apart.
Countering comments they had given me concerning advancement and title.
My former classmate was now my supervisor and I had been required to train him, and
setup his project and software tools. I felt I could do more, and had been seeking an engineering position. and explained I had taken the design position to enter the company to seek my "1st engineering position". My peer had been hired elsewhere as an engineer, before he was hired. So they did not realize we were classmates and alumni.
Other managers of other departments were aware of my abilities,
as I had been simultaneously supporting their cad staffs for the previous 3 years beyond my position and department as well as the IT department.
Which is how I was offered a new position as Engineer elsewhere, after I "sucessfully" completed the new products design.