Field Operator

Discussion in 'Oilfield Trucking Forum' started by davidl, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. davidl

    davidl Light Load Member

    Jul 21, 2014
    Well at either rate I start training in October and I hope that it works out because I'm sick and tired of BS trucking companies and changing jobs every other year because of some stupid pay change or lost account or whatever endless amount of stupid management choices that I'm forced to live with on a daily basis. I'm just hoping to get a break for once with BH maybe this time it will work out.
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  3. TLeaHeart

    TLeaHeart Road Train Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    casper, wy
    wish you luck with that davidl.
    the oil field is full of lost contracts, jobs vanishing over night. The stupid management decisions will still be there.
    And the competition is fierce to make the money in the short boom cycle.
  4. Patrickm213

    Patrickm213 Medium Load Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Learn what you can and save your money and you will be fine
  5. GSOK

    GSOK Light Load Member

    Nov 26, 2013
    Vancouver WA
    Dickinson. Started orientation today.
  6. bubbavirus

    bubbavirus Medium Load Member

    used to be in oil biz,
    mobil oil corp
    man hard work, guy once lied for me to a supervisor,
    tracking me down,
    said "...he left here, a while ago..."

    I still got the haz-mat class A,
    they pay extra?

    hear 6 figures in west Texas?
  7. scot

    scot Bobtail Member

    Sep 25, 2014
    Here is how it works.... You will be working midweek to midweek, which will cut the overtime pay, since PAY schedule goes from Sun to Sat and your WORK schedule will go from Wed to Wed. You will get overtime over 40 for the week that you WORK during your PAY schedule (i.e. sun to sat). So, the week that you come back from and go on your days off, you will have short hours (limited overtime, depending on how busy you are) and then you will have one long week (hopefully you will get most of your hours here). For the most part, you'll get your 40 hours each week but again, it depends on which team they put you in. Just don't get stuck in the yard because you won't get much hours.

    Edit to add: That is for Frac side. For Cement side, you are mostly oncall. When they call you, you catch a job and if you want another job, if there is one, then you can catch another job and then rest and be on call again. Also, this is for West Texas and this is what they did couple years back, if things haven't changed, which I don't think it has, that's what you can expect.

    Hope that helps and good luck to you.
  8. chaz7r

    chaz7r Light Load Member

    Jan 29, 2013
    Belfield, ND
    How long is orientation and how much do they pay for it?
    Where do they put you up during training in Dickinson?
    I'm finishing my 2 weeks notice then starting on the 21st
  9. davidl

    davidl Light Load Member

    Jul 21, 2014
    Thanks for the info. I was supposed to start training in harrisburg monday but didn't have all my stupid computer forms filled out. hopefully will get back on track now that they are all filled in! The job i have now is supposed to be one month on and one month off, working 3 days a far its been 6 days a week and i'm supposed to start the month off next week so starting with bh should fall right on my month off.
  10. davidl

    davidl Light Load Member

    Jul 21, 2014
    An update.......................

    Cement is a young mans game thats for sure. I'm mid 40's with lots of trucking experience and thought that I would try my hand at the oil cement gig... Took me about 6 hours to figure out that I'm just too old, fat and out of shape for this kind of work.

    The job requires you being on call and they have a one hour "yard time" meaning you need to be at the yard ready to work in one hour after they call.

    Long waiting periods with heavy manual labor in between. They use these things they call "iron" which is heavy freakin pipes that they pump the cement through. 2 people carry them but its still heavy after about 10 of them.

    If anything is broken on the pump truck you are expected to fix it after you return to the yard and before you go home. This is not just like replacing a light or something like that, picture pulling a truck transmission and replacing a clutch or something along those lines...heavy hard work.

    This would have been a great job for me about 15 years ago but #### that fraq stuff just aint for me.

    Decent money but it aint free so don't do like I did and look at the work realistically and seriously think about it, think I'll go back to tanker yankin with my tail between my legs!
  11. Arky

    Arky Heavy Load Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    Lol. That's exactly why I am very careful about what jobs I apply for out here. There are some that I just couldn't handle anymore. But...there are still plenty of jobs out here that you can do if you want. I'm doing frac fueling now and its about as gravy as it gets. We had a guy miss work yesterday so me and another guy had to split his shift...very little sleep. But, within a few hours, I had napped enough between frac stages that I'm good to go
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