Looking for advice on getting into the oilfields

Discussion in 'Oilfield Trucking Forum' started by Ryan Brooks, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. Ryan Brooks

    Ryan Brooks Bobtail Member

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    I'm currently very interesting in getting into oilfield truck driving. From what I've been seeing, you basically need a year of experience for insurance reasons to get hired. If anybody knows of any companies that provide a cdl school while only making you work for the company for one year, any feedback would be greatly appreciated. If anybody also knows of oilfield companies that will hire someone with a cdl with no experience, I would like to know of that as well. I do not currently have a cdl, but know someone with a truck and trailer that will teach me.
     
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  3. Cottonmouth85

    Cottonmouth85 Bad Influence

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    Chinatown knows all the companies, he may chime in.

    Haliburton and Schlumberger will get you a cdl if you're on a crew and they need you to move equipment.
    Where are you located?
     
  4. Ryan Brooks

    Ryan Brooks Bobtail Member

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    I'm located near Dallas and am willing to relocate anywhere in Texas.
     
  5. Cottonmouth85

    Cottonmouth85 Bad Influence

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    It's coming back but not what it was 4 years ago. All companies are 'trimming the fat'. Oilfield is feast or famine so get ready for the ride.
     
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  6. Ryan Brooks

    Ryan Brooks Bobtail Member

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    From what I've been seeing, work is being cut down due to dropping oil prices. As long as I can make at least 50k or so a year, I would be happy to do the work.
     
  7. georgeandson

    georgeandson Heavy Load Member

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    LOL
    NOT in the oil field.
    You will see what you have to go thru and will laugh at anything less then 80 a year and a company man.
    North dakota is 100 a year as a company man.
    They don't pay that cause its easy.
    Dirty, hard work. Lonely in ND and cold as cht in the winter.
    Not sure about what its like in TX.
    But you WILL be disenchanted when you see what you have to do for the money. And when you say 50k a year? After taxes, you will regret saying 50k a year.

    I hauled oil and sand for 2 years. Was a crude trainer and safety guy for awhile also.

    Besides the point its SLOW as can be in ND right now.
    With the Iran dealing going thru, they will pump 500k to 1 mill of bbls of oil per day on the market.
    Expect to pay 2$ a gallon before thanksgiving.

    Oil fields here in Merican have dropped like a brick.
     
  8. TLeaHeart

    TLeaHeart Road Train Member

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    NO CDL, makes it difficult to get started. You could always given Stevens a call about their oilfield division, which runs in texas. Pay is on the low side, but it will give you a true idea of what it is like.
     
  9. Cottonmouth85

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    Ha.... stevens....

    Yeah they run reefer tankers. LoL
     
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  11. nosedive

    nosedive Bobtail Member

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    you are too late, brother. The rush is over. Don't waste your breath and time, there are better jobs in Texas. You live in one of the better states for job seeking, I wish i live in Texas, there are so many jobs there. I was on a Frac Crew, which requires a CDL, which I have. I left the oilfield because I figure I can make almost the same amount of money back home with a normal non-oilfield job, living with way better conditions. It wasn't worth it for me working 20 hours a day. I rather work 20 hours a day back at home. Maybe 2 or 3 years ago, I would tell you to go for it. But right now, do yourself a favor, and go somewhere else.
     
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