As a reader of Planet Analog (and the usual job listings boards), you likely know that analog engineers are not as plentiful as digital and software engineers. Analog engineers are a rarer breed, not just in numbers of engineers, but also in the way that they think. The combination of these factors makes it a seller's market.
So while universities are taking steps to turn out more analog engineers, it's still not enough to fill the needs that some companies have for more circuit design and IC design engineers. Let's take a look at a partial solution to this problem.
As an engineer who has specialized in analog circuit design and worked as a design engineer and as an apps engineer, I've had the opportunity to be a mentor to many other engineers. This has been part of my job, but I'd do it even it wasn't a requirement. I'd like to suggest to my readers — even if it isn't specifically called out in your job description — that you take advantage of opportunities to educate your fellow engineer. Here's why.
Whenever you explain how a circuit works, how to stabilize a PID control loop, how component parameters change with time, or any number of other details, it clarifies your thinking on the issue at hand. So even if you're not a “Golden Rule” sort of person trying to improve your karma, you can see that purely for selfish reasons, you should teach others. Also, when the occasion arises that you're all working on the same project, if the person next to you is a bit smarter, it can only help the project. In addition, you will likely find that it's a boost to your ego to be in a mentoring or teaching position.
While you may be concerned about giving away some of your secrets and presumably lessening your own worth, there are always more secrets to learn. You will likely stay ahead of the others for as long as you care to. Don't overlook the possibility that you will surely look better to your boss if you take on the role of mentor. Finally, the ability to assemble your thoughts logically and disseminate them cogently to others is always a good skill to develop. If you ever need to speak publicly, you'll find you are more comfortable in that role from your work as a teacher.
So take advantage of the opportunities that mentoring and teaching can provide. You'll be glad you did.