|What is life like in the field?|
The first year
Wireline and Perforating Field Engineers actually spend the first 8-10 months of their careers receiving a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. At our training center in Fort Worth, Texas, you’ll learn everything from “Oilfield 101” to equipment theory and practical applications. You’ll work a 24-hour, on-call schedule while in training and also after your training is complete.
While you are training in the field, a mentor – typically, an experienced engineer – will provide you with guidance on how to perform tasks critical to your job, including:
- Analysis of petrophysical data acquired through wireline services
- Equipment preparation and calibration
- Tools and equipment operation
- Rig-up of tools to the rig.
The objective of the training you receive is to learn and master the skills of an equipment operator and to begin functioning as the “second engineer” on wellsite jobs.
Depending on your career path, you will learn and become proficient in openhole, cased-hole or perforating services.
Once your training is complete, you will be a lead engineer, managing a crew of two to three equipment operators, and conquering new challenges each day.
You’ll typically work seven days on call, with three days off. While on call, it is not uncommon to spend one or two nights away from home.
Due to the nature of the job, you will spend the majority of your time outdoors at the rigsite, working in sometimes extreme weather conditions for extended hours.