Backstory: I'm an Electrical Engineer (EE) at a small company that makes biometric sensors, I started about a year and a half ago (third professional job post college). I have a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Computer Engineering. I've been an engineer in a professional environment for over 10 years now, I'm no stranger to how companies work, from very small to very large.
Situation: When I first started there was a fair amount of EE work to do. There is one other EE and we have a lab tech who also does some schematic capture and about 50% of our PCB layout. For the last several months there has been little to no work for me to do on a daily basis, sometimes a customer issue will come in or a prototype board needs designed/laid out, but in general I'm pretty bored. I've been upfront about this with both my boss/manager and the other EE (my boss has little to no interaction with me and depends on the other EE, who has been here for far longer than I have, to delegate work). Still, not a whole lot has come my way, and most of the work I'm given is more like technical writing than EE work. I've only gotten positive feedback about my designs, interaction, and general performance at this job. I've even taught myself Python and written a script that gets used by our testing lab every single day (not rocket science, but at least it works?)
Question: What should I do? I really dislike technical writing (and I was hired as a EE, not a tech writer) and being bored, especially when I have to spend 45+ minutes in the car every day to be bored at a specific place.
Edit: In conversations with either my boss or the other EE about this issue I get one of two answers: - Oh, thanks for telling me, I'll see what we can do to better utilize you - What, how can you possibly not have any work to do?! We're so busy! walk away without giving actionable items
While these both seem like there could be work on the horizon they've never actually amounted to anything.