this might not be the right subforum for this so can someone please move if it isn't how many of the experimentalists do their own engineering? im not talking about everything but anything? i'm doing my first internship right now under a guy who's an electrical engineer/physicist who's doing partial discharge through HTS dieletrics research and he doesn't do anything! i don't mean he doesn't do anything but he doesn't build any of the stuff he needs. he expects to publish in december but i guarantee that could be sped up if he participated in the logistics of his experiment. i mean i understand that you can't be expected to know how to make everything and anything for yourself and that's why research engineers exist but right now i'm making him a table! it's taking me a very long time because i need supervision due to lame safety guidelines but if i were him and i didn't need supervision i could have it finished in one day. another question is if you don't make your own stuff what are you doing when you're not actually monitoring/running the experiment if you're a researcher? reading related stuff? i hate to think to think he sits in his office browsing slashdot or something like that.