Odessa/Midland

Discussion in 'Oilfield Trucking Forum' started by JordanS, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. JordanS

    JordanS Bobtail Member

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    Hey yall I'm applying for Sunoco Logistics for all of their openings in TX and applying for Sanjel out of their yard in Cibolo, TX....I got my Tanker and waiting for my HAZMAT to come in the mail.....But heres my question. If those 2 don't work out for me, I was thinking of taking a ride to Odessa/Midland(I stay in Houston). So all of you that are out there do you know if there is any apartments available if i do get a job so I don't have to stay up in a motel or anything like that. And where are the yards at that will hire someone with no experience, I graduated from an accredited school. I will do Frac or Driving doesn't matter to me I will bust my ##### for any decent company willing to give me a shot, I just want to finally make some good cash and not have to live off of scraps. How easy would it be for me to get a job if I go out there? My MVR is clean, no felonies, and have good work history and have US Army as work history also. Any information on this would be great because if I do decide to go out there, I was going to sleep in my car(doesn't bother me I used to be homeless) and take showers at the truck stops until I find a job, so I can have an income to get a place. So any help will be much appreciated!
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Saw an ad that FFE is hiring for tanker oilfied work in Midland. Don't know any more than that about it.
     
  4. Arky

    Arky Heavy Load Member

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    Everything I hear about housing in Midland/Odessa is tough...really expensive. Motels are gonna be $100/night. At least that's what I saw advertised along the interstate. I would suggest doing some homework and getting a plan of some kind together before just heading out.

    Just my opinion, but why not go to San Antonio area first? Your likely to find a lot of the same jobs and same companies...and chances of finding a place to stay might be better.
     
  5. Me99

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    If you go west try sanjel again out there as well as frac tech,ast, ultra tech,Pumpco, weatherford, trican and probably a few others. If you just got your license then frac will be your best opportunity to make good money. I would also look into coil tubing and wireline and maybe cement if I were you.
     
  6. Ben Gunn

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    You will get hired in west Texas. Finding housing requires patience but it can be done. My complex in Midland has a few one bedrooms available for about $1100 per month. One bedrooms are easier to find than 2 or 3. You will also find travel trailers for rent if you want to pay less. Plan on it taking a few weeks to secure housing. If you're lucky , maybe less.
     
  7. Rodeorowdy

    Rodeorowdy Light Load Member

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    The op did say he would be willing to live out of his car for a while. Can I hear if this is realistically doable in that area of Texas, or living in a tent? All heat, few trees and not much shade makes me wonder how livable it would be. I live in a tent now and it's okay for me even though I have the option to sleep on the floor of an air conditioned bunkhouse so I can handle primitive conditions even though I don't need to.

    Although I'm 1 month into my new life as a Vacuum truck driver in S. Texas I still think about getting into Fracing because of the income potential and career advancement. I was originally planning to go to Mid./Odessa to find a job there and live in a van for a period of months, but got hired on within minutes of walking in the door at my new company in Kenedy, so I never made it out West. But the thoughts of doing it are still there.

    Safe driving
     
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  8. Odessa Bound

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    I am going to odessa as soon as I can get everything taken care of here in East Texas. I saw that there was an rv site that rented tent spots for $25 a night. I will be doing that or sleeping in my car until I find something. I read on another forum where a person slept in his car for 5 weeks in Odessa. He parked at truck stops and hotels. He said you could take a shower at the truck stops for $3. It would be hot in the tent I think for another month.
     
  9. Arky

    Arky Heavy Load Member

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    The truckstop showers will be more like $12. You might find a state park with showers that allow tent camping?
     
  10. Odessa Bound

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    $12 dollars seems high but I will need one in that heat. The state park is about 40 miles away. I am trying to set up some temporary jobs when I get the to make it easier and hopefully make some connections for jobs.
     
  11. TLeaHeart

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    $12 to $15 is the going rate today. Or if your are smart, you get a shower credit from one of the local drivers that fuel at the truckstop, who never uses the shower.
     
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