I'm the lead analyst in a small company. I like doing FEA, and figuring things out, but they want me to be more of a manager, and know how to schedule tasks, and work towards making everything more efficient. Its driving me crazy. When I first started out of college I was basically given a project, and I ran with it. Admittedly some of them took longer than they should, and the company as a whole had some project management issues, but in the end I usually produced results. We've added schedule processes, and basic stuff like that in the past couple years. But now we're getting to the point where they want me (us, the FEA team) to have meetings to review the FEA setup before running anything, and lay out every load case individually, every review, every refinement step in the schedule so they can better track hours and its starting to feel like extreme micromanagement. But since I really just want to be an engineer, solve FEA problems, and maybe review setups and projects with other FEA team members, and I've never had a knack for scheduling/managing I don't know how to push back without just sounding like I just don't want to improve, or do what they want. I just feel like FEA is a much more unknown than the typical drawing set, or design, and i feel like I've been gently reprimanded for doing something out of order or without a review or telling everyone my plan, even though I feel like it produced actionable results, and all they get focused on is that I didn't follow the exact procedure they want, or do things how they envisioned it.
Does anyone have any good resources or insight on this topic? I'd love to discuss this with someone with experience.
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