Considering oil field trucking need some direction

Discussion in 'Oilfield Trucking Forum' started by CruzControhl, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. CruzControhl

    CruzControhl Light Load Member

    May 7, 2018
    Im always hear that drivers in the oil field make good money. I also hear that its rough on trucks, can be tough work, you can be sitting long hours, may drive some crazy roads and grades. None of that phases me though because hard work is nothing to me and i find myself wanting to see bigger grades and higher elevations as ive never trucked past i35.
    I actually love dry van been doing it for 1.6 years now. I just love backing, its somewhat fun and exciting making sure you hit you mark everytime..sorta like a challenge ...and i love a challenge. I could say its one of the things that breaks up the monotony.
    Dry vans just not adding up the way i need it to. Maybe its the company, partially the cpm, sometimes the appointments waiting to get unloaded even if there today.
    I want to bring home 1k a week and oil field seems more than capable of making that a reality. Just dont know if its all a hype and not sure which companies to look into. Im from northeast ohio but will go just about anywhere as long as i could get home at some point. I also dont want to end up with a company that cant hold up their end of the and equipment.
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  3. MagnumaMoose

    MagnumaMoose ~ Princess ~

    Jan 18, 2018
    There's oil patch jobs in your area. Just look around for them on Craigslist.
    Eastern Ohio, WV, Pennsylvania have been involved with a lot of natural gas production for at least 6 year's now. Someone posted last week that they are even getting into Tennessee now, although I have no knowledge of that, other than that post. @Brettj3876 might be able to give you some more info.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    You can take home over a thousand a week pulling tankers OTR and not have to live in some remote "man camp" to make that money.
    Several Trimac Transportation terminals not too far from you where the good paychecks are; some in Ohio and some just over the line in Michigan.
    Here's just one example : click here for information > Apply On Company Site
    Trimac also has solo driving jobs running coast to coast and can make well over $100K per year. Contact Trimac and ask about those jobs if you're interested.
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Click here for more information > Apply On Company Site
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  6. Old-school trucker

    Old-school trucker Light Load Member

    Sep 12, 2016
    Oilfield is good if you get with the right company. I was in west Texas for the last boom. The smaller companies usually pay better
  7. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Don't believe the hype.
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  8. Rodeorowdy

    Rodeorowdy Light Load Member

    Jul 3, 2013
    Anchorage, AK.
    You CAN believe it!

    I started my first Oilfield job, as green as the grass with a new CDL, on June 12 and worked until Dec 04, 2013, when I took off for Christmas vacation.

    I drove a 2007 Mack with a 130 bbl tanker-trailer hauling drilling fluids. My first 90 days were paid at $16 per hour and the next 82 days at $20 per. with OT.

    In almost 6 months I grossed 42k.
    Compare that pay with the $0.27 cents per mile local OTR jobs were offering us new CDL grads with a promise of 2,500k miles per week.

    As I had connections in Stuebenville, OH., from a roustabout training program I had attended the previous year, I decided to start my search there, from my CDL school in Sparks, NV., if you can believe it.

    So I drove to and then all around the W. PA., N. WV and SE. OH areas looking for trucking yards. I gathered up all the oil field service co. phone numbers I could find and then called to inquire and apply. Sure I was intimidated, knowing I have nothing to offer but a CDL., but I kept at it. At this time, May 2013, the CDL jobs I saw were paying $14-$16 per hour.

    After one week of all that driving around, and no bites on my applications, I got frustrated. So I asked an office manager of a national company, “ where is the bigger demand, here or in Texas?“ She replied, “Texas”.

    Upon hearing that I made up my mind and drove to TX. Best decision I made.

    I do believe if the company does not take good care of it’s equipment, then they most often DON’T take good care of their drivers.

    The oilfield is not for everybody, but it’s been good for me as it’s been great pay and offers the greatest flexibility with taking time off.

    I don’t EVER want to be chained to a job for 50 weeks a year, while looking forward to my measly 2 weeks vacation off, on average.
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  9. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    Canceling cancel culture/CCC
    Where you at? Ohio pa area? Resource Transport. Pulling boxes 23hr +OT I know a guy that's done 100k+ for the last 4 years there.

    Curry Vac
    Principal Enterprises
    Gas field specialists

    Then you got cement, frac wire-line and coil tubing. Schlumberger, Halliburton, Keane, Cudd, Nine wire-line, Wyoming Casing
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  10. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Drive South till u start seein oil rigs , then ask someone for a job
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  11. Gdog66223

    Gdog66223 Road Train Member

    Dec 30, 2017
    Coal Town
    It really depends on what you wanna do and how well you take to a smart mouth...

    If you go work for Halliburton you will rarely ever drive a truck. They will stick you out in the frac field with a green hat and make fun of you until you graduate to your red hat... It's manual labor with rig up and rig down, your boss might yell at you and he might not. Depends on if he got laid night before... You will make good money..

    In my opinion, from the jobs I have had in the oilfield, the best job to have is hauling crude oil. It's laid back and you make good money. You don't have to rig up and rig down iron... 30 mins of testing the oil and hooking up the hoses is about it.. Do 3-4 loads a day or a night and you will take home over $1000 a week... depends on how hard you work...
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