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    Tank Truck High Desert Services - Cheyenne WY (Oilfield)

    Well, it looks like I'm hired on with these folks, so I thought I would start a thread to talk about my experience with them.



    Just a little about my trucking experience so far. Drove tractor trailers (flatbed/lowboy) in the Military for a few years as part of a job requirement, not my AFSC/MOS. I just retired from the Military after 22.5 years and am on Terminal Leave and needed a new career so I figured why not trucking. Went to Sage Technical Services truck driving school to brush up on driving, and learning how things operate in the civilian world. Plus I needed time in a manual transmission tractor, since all we drove were automatics. I graduated Sage last Monday, had submitted a few applications while still in school with some local Oilfield companies, and this is the first one to get me in a truck.

    Got a call yesterday and was asked if I could ride along with one of their drivers today to learn how to operate the new tanker trailers they just received. So I spent the day riding along and learning the loading and unloading procedures. We filled up at a water wellhead, then hauled the water to a huge frac water storage tank and unloaded it. There are three of these tanks; 2 big and a smaller one, and they are almost filled. After they are done there are 25 Frac tank trailers that need to be filled. I think I counted four other tankers, besides our two, filling the tanks.

    I would say 90% of the driving today was on gravel/dirt county and leased roads. Road conditions were nice, hilly, but very dusty. The location was in Colorado. Seems like pretty easy work but not your typical drop/hook type work; you have to get out and hook up hoses and open/close valves, etc, but it is not overly strenuous.

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    congrats and good luck

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    What does it pay?

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    good deal, longevity is the key.

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    #mgt1085: Thanks
    #Blackadder47: Pretty Good. Lets just say that I needed to make up about a $4K a month pay difference between Active Duty Military pay and Retired Military pay. It should cover that difference and then some if the work keeps up like it is.
    #1catfish: I hope so, it seems there are a ton of trucks running up here

    So today me and another guy went out to the same location. He drove out and I showed him where the water well-head was, and how to operate the tanker (He usually runs a Heating truck IIRC), but has been with the company I think he said about seven months. He hauled the first load out to the holding tanks, then I drove back to the water well, filled up, and hauled my first load to location.

    Boss-Man met us at the site and picked me up and took me back to our yard near Cheyenne to grab a truck/tanker to take down into CO to dump some flow-back water that another guy had picked up this morning, but had to leave early for the day. I didn't know where this place was so Boss-Man calls a buddy at Intermountain to have one of his guys play tourguide and show me where the place was located, and what to do when I got there. Pretty much a 35 mile straight shot south out of Hereford CO. Pull up into an area between two collection hoses which is sloped so the back of your tanker is lower. A couple guys will hook up hoses and gravity feed the water off while you go in and fill out a work ticket.

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    Light Load Member Hanzerik's Avatar
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    Picked up a load of fresh water this morning, dumped it in a clean Frac tank. Now sitting here to wait to suck out dirty water after the other Frac tanks have been washed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanzerik View Post
    #mgt1085: Thanks
    #Blackadder47: Pretty Good. Lets just say that I needed to make up about a $4K a month pay difference between Active Duty Military pay and Retired Military pay. It should cover that difference and then some if the work keeps up like it is.
    #1catfish: I hope so, it seems there are a ton of trucks running up here

    So today me and another guy went out to the same location. He drove out and I showed him where the water well-head was, and how to operate the tanker (He usually runs a Heating truck IIRC), but has been with the company I think he said about seven months. He hauled the first load out to the holding tanks, then I drove back to the water well, filled up, and hauled my first load to location.

    Boss-Man met us at the site and picked me up and took me back to our yard near Cheyenne to grab a truck/tanker to take down into CO to dump some flow-back water that another guy had picked up this morning, but had to leave early for the day. I didn't know where this place was so Boss-Man calls a buddy at Intermountain to have one of his guys play tourguide and show me where the place was located, and what to do when I got there. Pretty much a 35 mile straight shot south out of Hereford CO. Pull up into an area between two collection hoses which is sloped so the back of your tanker is lower. A couple guys will hook up hoses and gravity feed the water off while you go in and fill out a work ticket.

    cool picture, ilike how you can pull through the bay and stop with trailer tires in the low spot.

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    Light Load Member Hanzerik's Avatar
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    A few pictures from today

    A little traffic jam




    Have to crawl on your back under there to attach a female fitting to the frac tank so you can attach your hose to get all of the stuff out after they have been basically "steam cleaned".


    Another driver moving frac tanks around

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    great pictures, keep it up.

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    Light Load Member Hanzerik's Avatar
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    No pictures today but basically spent the day doing the same thing. Yesterday after getting back from Colorado I dropped the tanker from that truck (winch truck which was needed to move tanks around), and hooked up to it with a new truck we got yesterday...another K/W but without a winch. The new truck is nice, but man it rattles on those dirt roads. At least I don't have to drive with the windows down with a noisy turbo and very loud jake. Kind of surprised me that they let this newb drive their shiny "new" truck.

    Sucked out a bunch of frac tanks after they had been steam cleaned, then pumped that back into another frac tank they are using to separate the small amount of oil from flow-back water. Then sucked up a load of nasty water out of that tank for the someone to take down to Colorado to the recycling location.

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