Thanks for the reply VSWR.
In retrospect, I guess I did sound like I was ranting and whining.
And you're right. I don't have a clue about being a design engineer (although I have designed some good circuits)
More specifically, I've worked with people whose title was "test engineer" or "production engineer" although they've had only an Associate's degree (or not even that).
These guys are long time technicians that were promoted (to engineer).
I am not trying to slam people, though. I'm just asking if this is a common practice in the RF/ microwave world.
P.S.: Potentially destroying a $10,000 Cal Kit by twisting the standard is not a "small detail"