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Petroleum engineer? Now that's a hot job!

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - We are continuing our search for the hottest jobs in East Texas. Whether you're a roofer, construction worker, landscaper or anything, we want to hear from you. We've already heard from a lot of you, and plan on featuring a new hot job whenever we can.

We went to Fesco Petroleum Engineering and trust me, the guys were definitely work up a sweat. Just five minutes in the field and we were sweating, too.

"You bring a change of clothes with you," I asked on guy.

"No, I just, once you just start getting dirty and hot and sweaty you just have to embrace it," replied Christopher Ament.

"You change and you just get them soaking wet anyways," said Rick Stone. "You get back here to the shop."

The guys work all day under the scorching sun, sometimes in heavy fire-retardant suits.

"We get out on the locations [and] it's just out in the middle of pastures and stuff," said Stone. "There's no place to go, no air condition, no nothing."

"Usually when it gets the middle of the day the tools get so hot you can't even touch them," said Ament. "Even through the gloves they feel pretty hot."

Ament served 10 years in the military before getting his current job. He says it's not near as hot as Iraq, but the East Texas humidity makes up for it.

"Iraq, it gets around 130 degrees in the heat, but you don't really sweat as much as you do here," he explained.

"It makes them a lot more drained," said Amanda Wood. "I know a lot of times during their break time they come in just to kind of get in the air for a little bit. We have fans and stuff in the shop but they usually blow hot air."

"We take breaks when we can get them if the job will allow it," said Ament. 

Another necessity? Fluids, which they keep on hand in the shop. But, in the field, it can get brutal.

"Friday we were out in Danville over here and by four o'clock in the afternoon we'd run out of water," said Stone. "We'd run out of everything."

"They do this day in and day out and it's just part of what oil field men do nowadays just to keep it going and keep it thriving for us," said Wood.

The guy's temperatures were over 94 degrees, their equipment over 105 degrees and they say on location, it gets much hotter then that.

Again, let us hear from you if someone you know has a hot job we can feature. Later, you'll be able to vote online and pick a winner.

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