I hear you, I'll give you some my background.
When I graduated there was a significant recession, you took whatever job you could. So even though my degree was effectively in Semiconductor Physics I ended up working for a company that made high speed machinery looking at the Electrical/Electronic control systems.
However they had this amazing group of technicians which included a Master Tool Maker. These guys would have been up there on the Manhatten Project. Anyway I remember needing a very good metal target so quickly drew (back of envelope type drawing) up something and presented it to one of the guys.
His response was (roughly, this was 20 yrs ago)
"Yes Andre' I can see what you are aiming at but it's wrong"
I looked quizzically at him, seeing my consternation and he then asked
"What are you Andre'"
After much thought I responded
"Good, and Engineers don't use Centimetres, they use Millimetres in their drawings, go and draw it again properly and I will make it for you"
So I dutifully redrew it with the correct markings and hey presto a beautiful target was created.
A second part which I think really does validate your point.
I moved to a job where there was a manufacturing group, lots of people doing stuff ranging from soldering to assembly. I'd never been designed for this stuff before so I wandered downstairs to the group to have a look.
I stopped at one lady, explained who I was, told her of my inexperience and asked if she minded if asked her opinion on what would make it easier to put together.
"You're an Engineer ?"
"From upstairs ?"
"Well no one has EVER come and asked US before !"
"but that's silly, you guys have to put this together and see all the issues"
Anyway I had accidently chosen the 'GodMother' of the manufacturing group, there was management and then there was Shirley. If you were ok by her then you were ok downstairs, and I was approved of .
The basic tenat, while not being religious myself, is
'do unto others, as you would have them do unto you'
and you will go a long way.