Opportunities in the Permian Basin?

Discussion in 'Oilfield Trucking Forum' started by PhoenixOneNine, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. PhoenixOneNine

    PhoenixOneNine Bobtail Member

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    One can only hope that with our new POTUS stepping up to the plate that opportunities will start to pop up, and I know i'll be keeping an eye out for them, but in the meantime I am looking for a bit of advice on what to look for, and what a rookie like me should settle for as far as pay. As I stated before, I have no idea what I am getting into, but I know I want to get my hands in on the profit, I am willing to travel, move, whatever it takes to take care of the families I am already struggling to support. Any leads would be awesome. PM or post, doesn't matter to me. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Ben Gunn

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    I left Midland 4 months ago when we went from 70 hours per week to 35. My old yard has picked up since then from what I hear and the few drivers left are getting all the hours they can legally work. That said, until oil prices stabilize a rookie will most likely have a hard time getting hired. When oil was $100/bbl anyone with a cdl and a pulse could get hired (I was one of them). I'm not trying to discourage you, I'm just sharing what I observed during my 5 years out there.
     
  3. PhoenixOneNine

    PhoenixOneNine Bobtail Member

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    Thank you. Would you recommend your company or do you know of a company that I should look into?
     
  4. Ben Gunn

    Ben Gunn Medium Load Member

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    I ran vac and kill trucks for C&J Energy (formerly Nabors Well Services). It was a good company for me, strong on safety. They won't let you play any games with HOS or oil field exemptions, so once you hit 70 hrs you'll have to take a 24 hr reset. There are smaller companies that play fast and loose with the rules, so you can find them if that's what you want.
     
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  5. PhoenixOneNine

    PhoenixOneNine Bobtail Member

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    Is the money worth it running legal? I don't rightly know the first thing about fudging books, but if someone offered me a job doing that I'd learn real quick. Given that there were ways to avoid getting busted, of course.
     
  6. DirtyDog808

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    What opportunities are you looking for?? How much Experience do you have driving trucks?
     
  7. PhoenixOneNine

    PhoenixOneNine Bobtail Member

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    I'm looking for opportunities that will get my foot in the door, if not throw me right into, the oil/frac industry. Opportunities that pay generously. I've got 5 1/2 years split up between reefer and flatbed. Clean record. I've got all my endorsements and a passport on the way.
     
  8. 4x4_Welder

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    Six months there was enough for me. It's probably better now that it's slowed down a bit, but going full swing that place is mental. Daily fatal crashes, 75mph two lane roads for miles (with cars doing 80+ and workover rigs doing 40).
    If you can do more than hold a steering wheel and breath I would recommend going elsewhere.
     
  9. BigPerm

    BigPerm Medium Load Member

    Obscenely . ...I mean rectally invasive rent cost. When I was there 2 1/2 yrs ago...@ 15+ hrs OT per week....$850 for a crappy FEMA trailer was a good deal.
    Buy your own RV would be my suggestion .
     
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  10. 4x4_Welder

    4x4_Welder Medium Load Member

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    And then it's only $400 a month for a spot to park it.
     
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