My brain is trying to get twitchy about how that one project is falling out.
My boss is the engineering manager. She's a great woman, but her specialties in the civil world are more closely related to the development side than mine. The lead owner of the company (one of the men the firm is named for) is an awesome engineer, but again seems to have his 30+ years in development only. I can't say this is a problem, as the firm itself is largely a development firm, and it's good to learn from those that know.
I won't pretend like I haven't made any learning mistakes along the way. Prior to this firm, my experience had been regulatory and environmental, for the most part. I've flubbed a couple times, but not made that particular mistake again. It's good to work at a place where a mistake isn't the end of the world and it's recognized that shit happens.
The project that I've largely been leading from the shadows is a TCEQ paperwork project. The client is putting in a system to remove a certain nasty from the water, and it's a new method.
Originally, they accepted it not knowing a damn thing except the name the client had given them. My bosses and the rest of us engineers scratched our heads on it, and I suggested that it may be what it turned out to be (based on exp at the env firm.) Fast forward a week or two, and my boss comes in, admits her chem memory is fuzzy at best, and asks me to look at the reports and help her out. I point out what's likely happening with the system the client has chosen, which could cause another regulated contaminant to skyrocket when it's already high. After I got that ironed out with the client and vendor, my boss asked me to help her with the P&ID flowchart, because she was completely lost. After we puzzled that out, she asked me to walk her through what I could of the rest of the regulatory paperwork so she could start typing up some of it. I get to talk to the client today because it involves chemistry and environmental type questions, which she flat out said she wouldn't understand the responses to.
I don't mind being more knowledgeable on a topic than my boss on a topic. That's part of why I'm there; if we all had the same strength and specialties, we'd be a pretty weak civil firm. I also don't think she minds when I'm able to step in and help her do the heavy lifting work behind the curtain. I'm leery, though. I've gotten into problems with other places when it turned out I knew more than the bosses; two led to me being canned and the other I got out before I was canned. I love helping folks, especially when they're lost, but for all I know, I maybe shooting myself in the foot again.