Amen. Hence the reason I turned wrenches and mastered the drafting table before making the lateral moves to engineering and into the cockpit!Never trust an engineer who does not have grease under their fingernails.
What's scary is that alot of my peers on the engineering side in flight test are completely incapable of understanding maintenance considerations, especially in the design process! I've been down here in Fort Worth the last few weeks on a team tasked with upgrading the design of our blade folding system, which is notorious in the V-22 community as being painstakingly difficult to assemble and rig! Likely because it was designed by people who did not consider maintainability in an austere environment. We'll get there.....eventually!