Plentiful opportunities for work provided one stays on top of it and works hard.
Field Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) – Katy, TX – July 27, 2017
When I did work, it was usually 12 hour shifts at a refinery or chemical plant performing various types of maintenance on centrifugal or rotating compressors in a hazardous environment where safety must be one's main priority at all times. I learned a lot about different instruments and tools such as inside and outside diameter micrometers as well as how to install, remove, repair and inspect such things as shims, crossheads, crankshafts and rotors. The management was really the lead man of the team who usually treated us with respect and fairness and kept an eye on everyone's safety and progress. Most fostered a productive, yet fast paced learning environment for inexperienced personnel such as myself. Safety was normally a high priority but I experienced a few instances in which I questioned what was going on (overhead loads or harness issues and even a potential asbestos issue once.) The hardest part was probably the long hours and sometimes extremely hot days in which plenty of water and breaks were essential. Luckily, every plant we went to provided plenty of cold water for all personnel on deck. The toughest part about a job like this was not becoming complacent in tasks that you are familiar with. Safety needs to be the highest priority over things as the schedule and budget in my opinion.
Scheduled breaks, good pay
No benefits unless full time