I am a chemical engineer, and I have been spending much of the last two months doing nothing (either surfing the web or chatting with other employees) since my project has been very slow. The company has lots of projects and the other employees are so busy that they consistently clock in 25% overtime to get their work done.
I have spoken to my lead about this, and he assures me that work is coming 'soon'. I have also tried speaking to a manager about a move to a different project (saying that I think that that project will be more exciting for me), but was basically told that it would be very difficult to make it happen.
I am a young engineer with less than a year's experience in this field and as such I would like to learn as much as I can during my first few years, however, I feel that by doing nothing at work, I am inculcating the wrong habits.
I do not think it is wise to mention to my manager that I don't have work. I am afraid he will take it personally against me or my lead.
What can I do to 'kill' time and also learn on the job when I have nothing better to do?