Field Technician Job Requirements

Field technicians are required to be available on an "on-call" basis, 24 hours a day, seven days per week, including holiday, in all weather conditions. Many travel up to 75 percent of their time, and are sometimes asked to relocate.

Some standard job requirements for a field technician might include:

  • High school diploma
  • Compliance with background checking policy
  • Familiarity with all aspects of oil gathering and field operations
  • Gauging and maintenance experience within the oil industry
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Self starter who can work independently
  • CDL driver’s license
  • DOT documentation
  • Ability to work with computations
  • Basic computer skills
  • Analytical with attention to detail and solid problem solving abilities
  • Ability to formulate written reports and documentation
  • Related work experience at the well level (well tender/pumper)
  • Understanding of artificial lift systems
  • Vocational or technical training preferred
  • Certified to operate an ATV
  • Ability to travel to various jobsites; occasional overnight travel required
  • Experience as a machinist, mechanic, welder, and forklift operator preferred
  • Ability to read blueprints

Mechanical aptitude is extremely important, and field technicians must also meet certain physical requirements, since pulling, pushing, lifting, bending, standing, balancing, carrying, sitting, walking, climbing, and working in confined spaces are all part of the job. Because most of their day is spent in the field, field technicians must be able to work in all sorts of conditions, and being able to immediately respond to emergency situations is a standard job requirement.

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Training to Become a Field Technician