so not to run this thread off the rails but Ive been looking into pneumatic tanker gigs and found one that pays 18.50 hr OT after 8 hours a day and includes full bennies as well as being home every night is that average??? Thanks everyone
Every product unloads differently. Sometimes product made at different times of the year will unload differently. Every trailer unloads differently. All I can say is #1 learn how to unplug. To me it's more important to learn that than how to offload. When you get good at it it will save you a bunch of time and hassle. And #2 GO SLOW. Learn how each product unloads. Keep notes. Products will unload differently with different trailers at different customers. Once you get the basics down it's not hard.
Guess our company is a little different in our training. We do food grade only, no sand, cement or plastic.
Newbies ride with an experienced driver dedicated to a cream-puff account where it's 3 loads in a day for at least 2 days. Then, for the next 2 weeks you convoy with another driver/trainer and pump your loads off at the same destination at the same time. We intentionally plug lines right from the get-go (no empty compartment), mid-way through and at the end of the compartment; and you get practice un-plugging the different products: starch, flour, malt, etc.. Trainee gets to un-plug a line probably 15 or 20 times in that 2 weeks. Then you spend a week or so trans-loading off railcars & intentionally plug those lines during loading too. Then, you get sent off on your own. We do a fair amount of malt - real pain - have yet to find a brewery that will let you pump off at more than 7 psi - 2hrs if your lucky, 4+ hrs if your not. (All the brewery people are great to be around though, makes up for it.)
More attention you pay, less chance of a plug. All of mine have come while I was in the truck doing paperwork or on phone - not paying attention.