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  2. Svoray

    Svoray Medium Load Member

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    Hello,

    I live here in West Texas and have heard nothing but good things about Plains. Also, the bulk of our local crude haulers are home nights and weekends. They run about 10-30 a trip in between tank battery and tank farm. Now depending on your location, conditions can be rough. Here in my area it's not that bad but down south in Iraan for example you may have to climb some hills using some very narrow dirt paths. My instructor used to haul acid and said he wouldn't wear a seat belt and would keep close to his door in case he needed to jump out lol

    Anyhow, I'm working on my CDL, just need my road test when weather permits. Once I get my CDL I'm thinking about hualing crude my self. I'm still researching but the ones I've seen so far starts out at 60k but have seen them up around 80k...which either one is more than I'm making now. Do you by chance have any advice on getting your foot in the door? I was thinking about maybe hauling water for a short time just to get some tanker experience but not sure if that is a wise move.


    Thanks

    Ray
     
  3. okiejon

    okiejon Light Load Member

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    Ray,

    Most require 2 years of tanker experience but some,Sonoco for one,will hire with less experience.They would put you on Jr pay. The pay for Jr is pretty low though,40-50k I would guess. Most areas for Sunoco you work nights at first.Your scheduled days will be Mon,Tues,Thurs,Fri. Start around 5pm and must be through before 5am. Usually can work Saturdays if you want.
    Teppco just gave their drivers a big raise,and they might hire you. Just give them a call and see.
    If High Sierra is in your area might call them too. They have some guys working here that didn't have much experience. They used to pay $50 a load and .30 per mile. One could make good money hauling the short loads.I used to haul 5 a day and run about 100 miles.It took about 11 hours.
     
  4. Svoray

    Svoray Medium Load Member

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  5. Wallace

    Wallace Bobtail Member

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    The oil has to be hauled from the remote locations of the wells/tank's to the pipelines.
     
  6. 1988pete379

    1988pete379 Light Load Member

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    Here in North East Tx they are all kind of signs up wanting oilfield tanker drivers some crude some salt water Good luck and hope ti works out I had 1 friend that went to work for Halburton said that they had no mercy on you it was can to cannot andf them some. He had a chance to go back to the local railroad and he jumped on it . Said at least I know what my schedule is going to be and am at home a lot more .
     
  7. toyotaguy30

    toyotaguy30 Bobtail Member

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    Okay, Been here a couple weeks now. Been working about close to 70 hours a week. Be prepared to get oil on your cloths, I ruined all my jeans so far, Money is great, hours suck, I get a day and a half off. Food sucks. Buy a fridge and microwave for the truck, Why is it so freaking cold here in Texas? Work itself is not hard at all. Driving 15MPH on a 16 mile private road does suck. All in all, I will prob buy a F-350 and move back north to PA in a few months to do some hotshot work in PA. Hotshot pays very well too
     
  8. okiejon

    okiejon Light Load Member

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    With Halliburton he was on a frac crew more than likely.They don't haul crude. Frac jobs are looong hours and days away from home. Pretty hard work too.
     
  9. Svoray

    Svoray Medium Load Member

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    Ya, Frac work is ROUGH! You got to swing a few hammers setting up the Frac hoses for one thing.

    Anyhow, I finally got my Class A w/Tanker. Just. Need to finish up my Hazmat background info. In the mean time I'm turning in Aps for Plains and a small tanker company today. The small company seemed very interested, expeially when I mentioned I had a Class A and about to get my. Hazmat. All they haul is Gas and crude and has a route open that is 8-6pm Monday-Fridays driving about 25-50 miles round trip. Since I don't techonically have my Hazmat, they said they can probably hire me as a temp shop hand until the background check goes through. Once that is done I would be moved to driver status.
     
  10. Attitude:)

    Attitude:) "Love each Day as if it was your last"

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    IMHO the money will be nice but the HOS may very well be more than what they're telling you. Oil field driving and agricultural driving can be very much alike. Depends on radius of miles you're runnin. Our HOS are legal to drive as many hours as we can put in as long as we're within our max radius. I love it that way in the ag area, but you have to use your head. This year was the first time I've had to tell the people I worked for I needed some rest and couldnt work the rest of the evening on one day. The hours are long and no days off unless it rains. It's my passion so no problem there. Wish it was still going now rather than off twiddling my thumbs.
    Common sense, just tell whoever you're hauling for you need some rest if you feel you could put your life or another drivers life in harms way due to needing to rest. The one thing I've learned over the years of working in this field is that too many drivers wont stop and take that rest if they need it due to pride and or pressure from the company they work for.
    I wish you luck and looking forward to hearing how it goes for you!
     
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