Comment: I too am a product design engineer

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I too am a product design engineer

25 years designing injection molding machines, automatic transmissions, and now jet engines.

The product development dscription above is pretty much how all these industries operate. You make garbage, sales drop. You make it too expensive, sales drop. You make it unsafe, lawsuits pile up, sales drop.

To get the design right a design engineer has a lot of work to do defining what the product will be. Survey the competition, collaborate with key customers, evaluate cost points, get input or direction from marketing, etc.

I don't know a single engineer that wants to make cheap, unsafe garbage. Now I can see in an environment like China where they don't care about safety and reliability so much that people can get that impression. But state run businesses don't have the same goals as for profit companies. So the comparison is misleading.