Excieting and challening job that requires extensive travel.
Pros: allways on the ocean, able to see a lot of the east coast of usa, travel and housing is paid for 14 out of every 21 days.
Cons: away from home for 14 days, production driven industry that promotes stress, some times living offshore.
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock is a great company that provides skill sets along the way to mold a Field Engineer into a well rounded Senior Manager. Through my 3.5 years of experience I have been promoted to the Acting Project Engineer of the job site and feel very comfortable in my role. One of the many skill sets I have acquired along the way is the ability to lead and motivate a team of engineers.
A typical work day is all dependent on the stage of the project; during days of mobilization and demobilization it is typical to work 9 hour a days, when the dredge is digging it is typical to work 12 hour days. As a project engineer I feel 60% of my day is working on computer related material where the other 40% in the field, interacting with field engineers along with the crew.
The hardest part about this job is the ability to deal with the stress that comes along with a production driven industry. When we are up and running every wasted minute is a loss in revenue that is unacceptable. It is often that a manager will ask for a drawing or calculation that involves multiple hours of work and they always want it yesterday...
The most enjoyable part of the job is the opportunity to be on the beach/ocean. Being the outdoors person, I am about to enjoy fishing and surfing most days after work. If you do not mind spending 2 weeks away from your home at a time this is the ideal job.