I'm a stone cold rookie, gonna work the texas oil fields

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by paulcouto, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. slodsm

    slodsm Light Load Member

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    Paul, when you get used to what you're doing and make some friends, then the competing starts. There were a lot if lazy dirtbags ay basic willing to do the bare minimum to make a check but myself, my old trainer, and 2 other guys competed constantly as to who could do the best job, move the most loads, so on and so forth.

    If you give it everything you've got, people will notice because a lot of guys don't put any effort into it.
     
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  3. IrishVA

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    I'm considering getting into trucking and am presently looking at schools in my area. I saw your post here and am interested to learn more. What made you decide upon Texas over North Dakota? Is there a big pay difference between the two? How does someone fresh out of driving school look into these jobs? Thanks!

    FYI, it appears like many newbies here I lost my job thanks to this wonderful economy and haven't found another in about 9 months now so am looking for a career change. I'm trying to get a job where I can make the most money as fast as I can to catch up on bills that have piled up. Being on the road a lot doesn't bother me.
     
  4. driverdriver

    driverdriver Road Train Member

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    just my thoughts,
    As a new driver you wont be making much money 300 to 400 a week.
    Thats before taxes and road expences.
    Just living out here can cost upwards of 125.00 a week.:biggrin_2558:
    Some people more some less.
    Don't know where you live and what your former career was but, I would look into being retrained for some other ocupation. Most unemployment offices have these type of programs and many are free.
    Another thing to consider if? you have a family and what it will do to yours being on the road 2 to 3 weeks and sometimes more.
    Is this a sacifrice you're willing to make?( unless you get a home on weekends gig) this depends on your area:biggrin_2558:
    it will take you at least a year to make any $$ as new driver .:biggrin_2557:
    GOOD LUCK TO YOU:biggrin_25519:
     
  5. jmacdaddy

    jmacdaddy Bobtail Member

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    hey paul please keep the info coming, just got done with school in weatherford last friday, have apps out, (including nabors), but if i get no call by tomorrow i'm heading that way sunday night with handful of resume's. live a few hours away so if i get hired i'll have to tow a trailer over to stay in while working. any idea how long you will be in training or how much you get paid during that time? thanks for all the info
     
  6. IrishVA

    IrishVA Bobtail Member

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    I thought the OP said he got a job with Nabors (?) in the TX oil fields fresh out of driving school and was pulling in about $700/wk net? If that's correct I'm wondering how he did it so I can check it out and how the TX oil field jobs compare to ND. Putting in a lot of hours isn't a problem for me. I'm in Virginia right now but I can relocate if need be.
     
  7. smarttowers

    smarttowers Light Load Member

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    This seems like the case for OTR drivers but does not seem to be the case for oilfield workers. I know for a fact that my cousin's husband got hired at B.J. Services in New Mexico no CDL or anything. They trained him he's been working since January and he is on track to make $75,000 this year. This is repeated over and over about the oilfield jobs. You work tons of hours but you get paid by the hour so you can really make a great salary.
     
  8. jmacdaddy

    jmacdaddy Bobtail Member

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    oilfield trucking sounds like a great opportunity to me,money and experience. some posts say if you can drive in oilfields with all the weather and road conditions they tolerate that you can drive anywhere. sounds like a plan
     
  9. jmacdaddy

    jmacdaddy Bobtail Member

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    just scored interview with company in midland on monday. will keep all posted. yeehaw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. paulcouto

    paulcouto Medium Load Member

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    hey guys, just got back from a 14.5 hour day, actually drove yesterday and a good portion of the day today. Ive only been on the job for a week now, so I am still with a trainer of course. Theres a lot to learn, so I figure I wont be driving on my own for another month or so. It can feel overwhelming but each day that goes by, you learn and retain more and more. You just have to be confident that you'll "get it" after a while.

    So any way, I got a day off monday and I'll replie to some questions posted. I am litterally to pressed for time to answer them now with any actual thought.

    See ya monday!
     
  11. paulcouto

    paulcouto Medium Load Member

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    howdy partners, yall got any wells that need service'n?
     

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