Hey! Sorry if this is double posted, I can't find if it was posted the 1st time. I'm relatively new to surveying. I recently got a job as an instrument man and I really enjoy the work. My ambitions were to come learn as much as I could from professionals in the field while continuing to educate myself about databases, Python scripting, Esri, CAD etc.. When I took the job I knew that I would be working long hours and some Saturdays. The thing is that the hours are becoming unreasonable and it's killing any of my other ambitions. I know that for most surveyors there are some long hours but consistently where I work, I have worked 6am-7pm everyday Monday through Saturday. I'm young and single myself, but I have no free time let alone time to pursue my long term goals.Like I said, I enjoy the work, and understand that they need me, I'm considering pursuing surveyor certifications but I don't know how the bosses would feel about needing to get back earlier so I could go to a class. Are these hours normal? I mean consistently normal? How often do most surveyors work 14 hour days and Saturday. Because it's every week for me for months. I would understand if it happened every once in a while and would dig the overtime but I work 65-75 hours a week, every week. It's making me miserable. I came into this expecting a great opportunity to learn real world geospatial thinking through the eyes of a field crew, but it seems like all the crew chiefs are young and only know how to push the buttons with no great insight into why they are pushing the buttons. Not that they couldn't learn it, they are smart, but it feels like they were pushed into the position after a couple months because experienced surveyors have left because of the hours. I'm not getting trained well either. I am pushed onto teams of 2 me and a crew chief and am expected to just pick it up right away. I get freaked out because I learned how to do this stuff on transits, compasses, and plane tables not this high tech equipment. I haven't fudged up to bad yet but I'm always stressed and worried I will mess up because no one has really taught me. Great people on the team but I'm a little hesitant to speak up being new and all.