CDL benefit for Non Driver jobs in ND or Tex ?

Discussion in 'Oilfield Trucking Forum' started by pros80, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. pros80

    pros80 Bobtail Member

    Feb 9, 2013
    Ok so I'm in the process of finishing up CDL school. One thing I've been seeing online is that many of the jobs in the oil field require a CDL, but you don't really do much driving. Will a CDL or driving experience come handy for non driver jobs in the Oil Patch?

    From what I read a non driver job in the field requiring a CDL can be more steady at the moment. I keep reading that having a CDL will be open up doors for different types of jobs that aren't specifically Crude or Water hauling etc in ND. I haven't seen much about the CDL being needed for non driver jobs in Texas. but I assume it will help in getting a job in Texas.

    Anyone have any insights into this?
  2. windsmith

    windsmith Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    Another good place you can look for great paying and steady CDL jobs that don't require 100% driving would be railroads and utility companies. Railroad signalmen need a CDL to operate the service trucks, and utility linemen and substation engineers also need a CDL to operate the equipment on the highways.
  3. BrianE

    BrianE Light Load Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    Livingston Texas
    The CDL for these types of jobs is just in case they need you to move a truck and it is to satisfy their insurance company. Some might use you to fill in and drive once in awhile also.
  4. d o g

    d o g Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 20, 2010
    Much of the work in the oilfield requires a large number of trucks to move the equipment to a location and to return it when finished. Having the CDL will make you a more valuable member of any team.

    You can see how many CDL-holders that Halliburton would need on this location:

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