What do field engineers do?
Field engineers are jobsite leaders, responsible for designing, executing and evaluating wellsite operations. They represent our company by interacting with customers and delivering front line technical services and solutions across our drilling, evaluation, completion, and production technologies. These are hands-on roles, often outdoors and in demanding or harsh conditions—offshore on a North Sea oil rig or in the desert in west Africa—and when at the rigsite you'll be expected to work shifts (day or night). You may also be required to work weekends and public holidays, as business needs dictate.
What do we look for?
We typically look for people who have completed a 4-year technical degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 (2.2 degree classification) or Master’s within the past 24 months. Degree disciplines include the following areas:
You will need to have the legal right to work without restrictions in the country in which you apply along with proficiency in English (to level 5 on a global English test).
We look for people who are self-motivated, persistent, dedicated, resilient, and adaptable. A creative approach to problem solving, effective communication skills and the ability to work in a diverse team are also valuable qualities.
What do we offer?
A field engineering career can be a rewarding one at Baker Hughes. We ensure that our graduate engineers are happy at work and are developing in their roles.
Through our 3-year structured field engineer development program (FEDP), you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in our dynamic work environment, quickly becoming competent with our technologies and processes. Much of your development will be in the field—on rigsites on land or offshore—and achieved through an applied, hands-on approach. You will also be assigned a mentor to provide you with support and guidance throughout the program.
Longer term, you’ll have the opportunity to progress into a variety of leadership roles. You may elect to stay and build your career in the field, or you can aim for a position in operations management, product development, or sales.
Field engineer international assignments
International assignments at an early stage are a real possibility. Some of our annual group of graduate field engineers have the opportunity to work abroad as part of the training program. After an initial few months of orientation and training in your home territory, you could have the chance to gain valuable work experience outside the region in which you were hired. Selection is based on job performance and your individual career aspirations. If successful, you will typically be on international assignment for 18 months to 2 years, and will usually have completed a significant portion of your field engineer training program before returning to your home region.
With opportunities in cross-functional roles or different countries, I have always felt that there are multiple options within Baker Hughes to allow me to grow in my career. Baker Hughes is a truly integrated organization that encourages cross-functional movements. Throughout my career, the company has always invested the time and resources required to train me for new responsibilities.
Paul, Business Development Manager, Iraq