So, I've been working for 2 weeks now. The first week was a typical 40hr work week. Then all of the sudden they hit me with extra work loads in the 2nd week. This past week, I worked for 13 hours a day, totaling in about 60 hours for the week. I get paid over time, so no problem. And I actually like my job, so the time actually go by very quickly.
At the end of the week, I was told the reason why I got extra work loads.
See, this engineering firm hired 2 of us at the same time. The other guy started a couple weeks before me. He actually came more highly recommended than me. Straight out of college kid with internship background in another company. Claimed to know everything and needed minimal training. I came from IT computer programming background, so they thought they'd have to spend a lot of time training me in engineering. When they asked if I had any internship experience, I said no. The only reason they hired me was because soon they will be needing someone to translate data from one program to the other.
So, the first week they trained me to do mostly office stuff in the engineer office. Then when I came into the office on Monday, they gave me my own work station and gave me new assignments plus the old ones. The old ones were just design stuff with data translation. The new assignments include construction management. On every construction site, there is always at least 1 engineer present to make the decisions and sign off on people's work hours so they get paid. Holy cow, they were training me to be that on site engineer.
By Thursday, they stopped checking in on me and let me do my own thing. So, my routine now is apparently construction from 6:30 to 3-4:30 and then I would go back to the office to do paperwork and design until 7 or so. Right before I left the office yesterday (Friday), I had a talk with the chief engineer in the office. This is what I found out.
They canned the guy that they hired right before me (the guy that came more highly recommended). Got good grades and everything with internship experience, but he didn't know how to do jack shit in the field. They tried to train him for 3 weeks and by the end of the week they still needed to hold his hands with everything. All his work had major mistakes in them. So, when he came in on the 4th week they canned him and dumped all his assignments onto me. Toward the end of my 2nd week (1st week with the new assignments), they're already letting me work on my own without a senior engineer evaluating me.
So, that's what my 2nd week ended with
Got 60 hours in this past week. Lots of overtime pay. Unlike my old IT job that paid you annually so you can work for like 70 hours a week and you still get paid the same as a 40 hour week. It was annoying because at times they really put me to work.
Anyway, I found out that when you really like your job the day goes by very fast. It really did not feel like 60 hours.