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

    Jul 16, 2015
    Thanks for all the information everyone. I'm thinking about finding an otr job or something local for now and hope maybe oil prices go back up in a few years but that's a long shot.
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  3. unloader

    unloader Heavy Load Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    For me, with how demanding oilfield work is, I wouldn't go back to it for 50k. I was on track to make just a hair under 70k hauling water and I had what I considered to be a cush oilfield job with Friday and Saturday nights off and I was home every night. I'd still be there had the down then not come.

    That said in Texas you can make 50k+ a year running regional or dedicated. I'm currently try running produce out of San Antonio, home every night/morning and gross $1100 a week.

    And it's a whole lot less demanding than the 15 hour days I was doing in the oilfields. I enjoyed the money brotha, but when the well ran dry I bailed. I don't even think my old company (Stevens Tanker) is hiring at the moment in the south Texas area. It's slow. Really, really slow.

    If your located in Dallas there is a whole #### pile of local and regional jobs that pay well and get you home everyday or every weekend. Maybe this kind about the oilfields when/if it booms again.

    Just my $. 02

    gdyupgal Thanks this.
  4. seabring

    seabring Road Train Member

    Apr 24, 2011
    This is exactly correct!
  5. Patrickm213

    Patrickm213 Medium Load Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    You're near Dallas, so go get your CDL with CDL Test Truck or whatever they are called for $500 instead of wasting cash on BS trucking schools. Then go apply for every company at DFW airport.

    If you want a job in the oilfield you need to move to the oilfield. Saying you are willing won't cut it at this point.
  6. dustinbrock

    dustinbrock Road Train Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    up in Alberta may be different but I doubt it.

    up here there are so many qualified people out of work that a employer would be stupid to hire a rookie. the only reason a employer would hire a rook would be so he can pay them less, in which case you aren't making what you would want to either. if you've got a job in the patch you'll make good money but you are more balls to the walls than ever! I have never ran so hard as I have these last couple months and am doing it to make alot less than I used to.

    I just hired a driver, heck I think my ad online may still be up.... and within 30 minutes of putting it up I had more resumes then I would ever need. I wouldn't have even looked at one that didn't have 100% of what I was looking for.

    here's my honest advice..... get a job hauling pipe (or anything) flatdeck from Texas to ft mac. that way you'll be making good money and be able to build a relationship or 2 along the way with guys in the patch and you'll be able to keep your ear open about what's going on.

    with the 60 resumes I got in, I ended up hiring a guy who hadn't even applied.
  7. JPenn

    JPenn Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern Tier NY
    Go look at the per barrel oil price, and reconsider again when it goes above $50ish. This isn't really the time to get in on an industry that takes a pounding when the oil/gas prices drop.

    We're only hiring right now to fill vacancies left by people quitting or getting fired. And, if you don't have 2 years with a CDL and at least one year hauling a liquid tanker, you're highly unlikely to be considered at all. This gig can be very rude to novices.
  8. 77fib77

    77fib77 Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    St Louis
    Don't worry Iranian oil will be in the market in two months. China is slowing down too. How much will oil drop?
  9. rabbiporkchop

    rabbiporkchop Road Train Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Wapwallopen, Pa
    You're a little late in the game. You might want to wait until gasoline goes back to $4 a gallon
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