@itegem - Well said. I am myself an engineer and have got only traces of that 'process optimization' talent! It becomes a problem only when engineers try to apply their brains to every little thing around them.
For example, think of a simple task like squeezing out toothpaste out of a tube on a toothbrush. A true engineer might be the only person who thinks 'How can I do this a better way?', 'How can I ensure that exactly the right amount of toothpaste oozes out each time?', 'Where exactly should I squeeze the tube to get the best results?', 'How do I ensure that I extract every last molecule of the toothpaste out of the tube before discarding it to the trash?' I do :D
And then there are dates with women too, where the disastrous consequences of true blood engineers have been portrayed by Scott.
What Dilbert is exhibiting in pane two is a concept called as 'process optimization'. It must have been mentioned so regularly in the meetings by the management that the concept has got hard-wired in his brain and he can't help applying it everywhere he goes. Poor thing!