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    Workin' in the oilfield in Midland/Odessa, Tx.

    Well after several months of investigating my different options of getting into the oilfield either in ND or Texas, I decided to take the leap of faith and come out to West Texas. A friend of mine had come out to Midland a few weeks before me and landed a job with a rig moving company driving a winch truck. He assured me he could get me a job with the company he worked for, so I headed West from Carolina and got out here about two months ago.The company is a small tight knit company with about 20 drivers, I came in and filled out an application and was hired on the spot. The put me in what the call a road winch. It took me a few weeks to get comfortable with operating the winch, but now its second nature. We have been slammin the last month or so, and work on average 80 hours a week. My check this past week was for 96 hours and this week I worked 77 hours. When you finally get a day off, you enjoy, and it and get caught up on laundry, groceries, and any other things you need to get done before you hit it again for 7 to 10 days.

    As far as housing I got lucky because my friend had brought out his RV, so I share his RV with him and we live in a mobile home park. there are actually four of us all living right next to each other that work for the same company. Apartments are available but they aren't cheap, and houses for rent are outrageous.....supply and demand I guess.

    The company I work with is laid back, and they don't have a problem with out of state guys going home every few months. I will fly back to Carolina in three weeks for 5 days and enjoy sometime with the wife and daughter in Myrtle Beach. I will go home about every three months, so my goal is to stay out here for at least a year and make as much money as possible and pay off all of my debt then reevaluate my goals at the one year mark. So far I have no regrets, the money is great and I like working long hours. Since I have been here I have already been given a $3.00 raise and we have a great crew that all work good together.

    When time permits I will update this thread.


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    glad to hear its going good. My husband went to ND about 5 wks ago...and it has been really slow for him...only 2 wks that he has seen big hours....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggles & Countryboy View Post
    glad to hear its going good. My husband went to ND about 5 wks ago...and it has been really slow for him...only 2 wks that he has seen big hours....
    I went back and forth between going to ND and Texas, and finally decided on Texas because of readily available housing and not being a big fan of harsh Winters. So far no regrets, like I stated we are booked solid with rig moves for the forseeable future. There are so many companies hiring here, and now that I have winch truck experience other company reps. will actually come to you at the truckstop while your fueling and offer you more money to come over to there comapny. Im happy where im at, so I will take a few less dollars less to work with a smaller family oriented company.

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    well i am really happy for ya that it is working out!!!! the company he is with provides housing...we would both rather he be in TX to work, esp since we live here. But i have yet to find a company that offers what he has now, and when it does pick up, it will be a great thing....(i hope...LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by runningman0661 View Post
    Well after several months of investigating my different options of getting into the oilfield either in ND or Texas, I decided to take the leap of faith and come out to West Texas. A friend of mine had come out to Midland a few weeks before me and landed a job with a rig moving company driving a winch truck. He assured me he could get me a job with the company he worked for, so I headed West from Carolina and got out here about two months ago.The company is a small tight knit company with about 20 drivers, I came in and filled out an application and was hired on the spot. The put me in what the call a road winch. It took me a few weeks to get comfortable with operating the winch, but now its second nature. We have been slammin the last month or so, and work on average 80 hours a week. My check this past week was for 96 hours and this week I worked 77 hours. When you finally get a day off, you enjoy, and it and get caught up on laundry, groceries, and any other things you need to get done before you hit it again for 7 to 10 days.

    As far as housing I got lucky because my friend had brought out his RV, so I share his RV with him and we live in a mobile home park. there are actually four of us all living right next to each other that work for the same company. Apartments are available but they aren't cheap, and houses for rent are outrageous.....supply and demand I guess.

    The company I work with is laid back, and they don't have a problem with out of state guys going home every few months. I will fly back to Carolina in three weeks for 5 days and enjoy sometime with the wife and daughter in Myrtle Beach. I will go home about every three months, so my goal is to stay out here for at least a year and make as much money as possible and pay off all of my debt then reevaluate my goals at the one year mark. So far I have no regrets, the money is great and I like working long hours. Since I have been here I have already been given a $3.00 raise and we have a great crew that all work good together.

    When time permits I will update this thread.
    What kind of $$$$ are we talking here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy37 View Post
    What kind of $$$$ are we talking here?
    My last check for 96 hours after taxes was over $2200 bucks for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by runningman0661 View Post
    I went back and forth between going to ND and Texas, and finally decided on Texas because of readily available housing and not being a big fan of harsh Winters. So far no regrets, like I stated we are booked solid with rig moves for the forseeable future. There are so many companies hiring here, and now that I have winch truck experience other company reps. will actually come to you at the truckstop while your fueling and offer you more money to come over to there comapny. Im happy where im at, so I will take a few less dollars less to work with a smaller family oriented company.
    you know iF they hired newbies on your company ? thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by runningman0661 View Post
    My last check for 96 hours after taxes was over $2200 bucks for a week.
    Gross or net? Pretty good either way.

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    he said after taxes crazy....

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    That took a lot of balls just to pack up and go out there! Glad it worked out well for you! Im thinking about doing a similar move but am looking for a 3 week on/1 week off kinda deal. I know a lot of demands for a newbie LOL

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