I want to get my first job working on the oil fields in Texas as a water hauler. I've found a job tht will hire trucking school graduates but I don't quite have my cdl a yet. I came across a offer for cdl a training in 3-5 days and would like to take the class and hop on the field. Do you all think this class can get me ready for the field? (experienced opinions only)
Training for TX Oil Fields as Water Hauler
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I briefly read through all that mumbo jumbo. If you read it carefully, they don't promise to provide all the training that the federal government requires to get a CDL. There are minimum requirements as far as hours, pass rates, subjects covered, etc. Call your state DMV to get the full details for YOUR state.
You're going to need somewhere around 120 hours of instruction to get a Class A CDL, including classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel driving.
I'd pass on that add.volvodriver01 Thanks this.
http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/rulemakings/rule-programs/rule_making_details.aspx?ruleid=217Jerry82 Thanks this.
Oh, I don't know. Maybe that "BS" comes directly from the FMCSA proposed rule document itself. What I originally wrote is based on the current standards, not the proposal, which is the part that you're referring to. You are correct by saying that one will have 3 years after the final rule goes into effect before the final rule set is required. But to say there are "NO federal training requirements to get a CDL" is not accurate.
Here's a little excerpt:
CMVSA: Minimum Uniform Standards
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety
Act of 1986 (CMVSA) (49 U.S.C. 31301
) established a CDL program that
includes national minimum testing and
licensing standards for operators of
CMVs. The CMVSA directed the Agency
to establish minimum Federal standards
that States must meet when testing and
licensing CMV drivers. The CMVSA
applies to anyone who operates a CMV
in interstate or intrastate commerce,
including employees of Federal, State,
and local governments. The goal was to
ensure that drivers of large trucks and
buses possess the knowledge and skills
necessary to operate safely on public
In accordance with the CMVSA, all
drivers of CMVs (as defined in
must possess a valid CDL. In addition to
passing the CDL knowledge and skill
tests required for the basic vehicle
group, all persons who operate or
anticipate operating the following
vehicles, which have special handling
or operational characteristics, must
obtain endorsements under
§ 383.93 for:
Double or triple trailers;
Vehicles required to be placarded
for hazardous materials; or
The driver is required to pass a
knowledge test for each endorsement,
plus a skills test to obtain a passenger
vehicle endorsement or school bus
ISTEA: Entry-Level Driver Training
The CDL standards require tests for
knowledge and skills, but neither the
CMVSA nor the FMCSRs requires driver
training. The private sector, with
guidance from FMCSA, has attempted to
promote effective training. Formal,
supervised training is available from
private truck driver training schools,
public institutions, and in-house motor
carrier programs. Many drivers take
some sort of private-sector training at
their own expense. These courses vary
in quality. Some provide only enough
training to pass the skills test. Generally,
however, with or without formal
training, drivers individually prepare
for the CDL test by studying such areas
as vehicle inspection procedures, offroad
vehicle maneuvers, and operating
a CMV in traffic."
I had completed this post and then got to thinking about it after and wanted to add this.
It's true that the federal government doesn't tell individual drivers to get a certain driver's license or even a CDL. There are NO federal driver's licenses after all. But, the individual states must follow a set of federal guidelines if they want to offer state CDL licenses. If they didn't meet the minimum federal requirements then they couldn't offer CDLs. Some states actually have additional requirements over the federal guidelines. That's why I suggested that people check with their own individual states to see what's required.
Hope that all helps.Last edited: Dec 6, 2011
Oil fields are tough ! you drive in all weather and conditions. I have been pulled several miles by dozers and graders because the road was so muddy you could not pull yourself. snow rain hail it does not matter. and a large part is offroad and I mean OFFROAD! so in one word NO they wont get you set up to do this.
I can understand a guy needs a job and the pay is attractive. BUT this is not some Interstate bump the dock show. Your stress level will go off the chart! IF the terrain is forgiving(flat)then the worst is you will get stuck up to your ### in alligators. IF it is in the mountains you will be taking yourself into some life threating situations with no skill or experience to base your decisions on. Make a bad call you can die.
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