FFE expanding to the oil fields

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by ForrestGump, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. j50wells

    j50wells Bobtail Member

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    You said it. I think I want to throw up. Oh well, there will be some gullible chap who will sign up for 'em. Problem is that those big companies will drive the wages down and in a few short years it won't even be worth working in the oil fields. JUST SAY NO TO THE BIG COMPANIES IN THE OIl FIElDS!!!!!!
     
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  3. j50wells

    j50wells Bobtail Member

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    I drive in the oil-fields. It's a different animal than OTR, mainly because most of the drivers are local yocal's. It keeps some of the companies honest. If you rip your local drivers off then word gets around and no one wants to drive for ya.
    Oil fields have alot of turnover because the work is about as low as you can get for a truck driver. Many days I am knee deep in mud, sometimes knee deep in snow for that matter. We get pushed around by dozers all day long 'cause it's the only way to get up to the frac tank or sand bin to discharge our loads (Chains won't work in knee deep mud). The only time the oil fields are good to work in, is in the summer time, thus the high turnover. Many drivers will come out in April and drive until October and then quit.
    Also, drivers see dollars in their eyes. This usually lasts until it's 15 degrees in the day-time and minus 10 at night. After a couple of weeks like that they will talk their way out of their job and go back to highway hauling. But for those who are tough, you can make 60 to 80 a year. And if you do you're research and sniff around and find out the better companies, you can make 90k, and that's hauling water or sand. Crude haulers can make even more than that, but you have to really sniff hard to find these companies 'cause they don't advertise in the classifieds or online.
     
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  4. jerryy123

    jerryy123 Light Load Member

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    I am a green horn trucker,need to find out which divsion to go with,I dont mind hard work,I want to make the most money I can on the road.I here go TANKER/ others say go REFEER.and Iv herd that dry van does very well.:biggrin_2551:confusing,
     
  5. slodsm

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    On the contrary, I think it's about as good as you can get for a truck driver. I have no problems getting filthy, I have a problem with living in a 5 foot box for peanuts. The money in the oil field blows away anything else you can do as a company driver from what I've seen but it does take the right person to do it, the door slammers who try it quite during the first deluge of mud and rain in winter time.

    Either way, I hope Sneider, Stevens, CFI, etc etc etc all fall flat on their faces out here. This is the last refuge where you can make a good living working with your hands and build good relationships with other companies that benefit all involved. I run 5 trucks right now and I don't have a driver that made less than 52k last year. Some made more than 70. Is the work a little harder than staying between a yellow and white line for 11 hours a day and trying not to hit some moron who just pulled out in front of you because he didn't see the 80ft long behemoth coming at him? Yep, but the rewards are better too.
     
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  6. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    They'll end up with the drivers who have bad reputations among the established oilfield companies.

    And that's fine by me.
     
  7. jakyl17

    jakyl17 Bobtail Member

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    Im a O/O in the oil patch here in Wyoming and am pretty disgusted that them big OTR companies think that they can move in and cut our throats like they have so many other things! I have seen only seen a few schnieder trucks so far and only hauling for BJ Services/ Baker Hughs and as far as I know they are not going out into the patch itself as they are not qualified or trained to do so like so many of know that you have to be now a days! I know I have seen several signs in N. Dakota for them though the few times I have been up there here in the last couple of months. Really Discouraging!
     
  8. DUJO

    DUJO Medium Load Member

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    I feel for you guys..... I really do. I wish carrier size could be force limited. Shcnder, Stevens, FFE, will only be around because of the rate cutting, even if the rig had to shut down they will stay because of it. I can't wait to see a crew delayed bottom hole pay because the jerkoffs........ I smell some butt whooping coming.
     
  9. DUJO

    DUJO Medium Load Member

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    Stevens doesnt even put push bars on the back of the tankers...... interesting. Think they're planning on ever getting stuck?
     
  10. Logan76

    Logan76 Crusty In Training

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    I've been looking around here in PA for Schneider trucks but I haven't seen any hauling production water (Sometimes has crude or drip gas in it), mostly Ergon around here.
     
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  11. pathfinder1361

    pathfinder1361 Light Load Member

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    i was under the impression it was all natural gas up in PA. are there very many tankers hauling crude?

    and to where is the crude and natural gas taken, once extracted from the well? thanks
     
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