Training to be a field engineer is like drinking from a fire-hose. The field engineer is responsible for all aspects of the job- logistics, certifications, technology deployment, troubleshooting, client invoicing, crew management. As a young engineer, its a rare opportunity to take control of a $250,000++/ day oil rig and perform the job.
The compensation and benefits are very generous, as is severance package. Vacation (when you can get it) is long.
The largest drawback is the total forfeiture of personal time. Being on call 24 hrs/ day, 7 days per week is a requirement. Also, the job conditions can be very challenging in terms of fatigue management, and health and safety in general. Not all locations have the same safety standards or cultural norms.
Compensation, vacation schedule
Work/life balance, working conditions