Questions for oilfield drivers

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by smarttowers, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Logan76

    Logan76 Crusty In Training

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    I hauled step deck for oil field companies as a contractor, and I haul water on the weekends here for marcellus shale wells in PA. I love it, Im currently looking to get into a position to haul all OD loads around PA for the wells. Just be CAREFUL, always wear your safety gear and go slow when on the well site, pay attention to your surroundings theyre always changing. goodluck.
     
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  3. smarttowers

    smarttowers Light Load Member

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    Never driven a big rig but when I was in the Air Force our refueling units had a switch that would engage all of the rear drive wheels similar to 4wd do the tractor's drive wheels already all turn or is there a similar setup?
     
  4. BigJohn54

    BigJohn54 Gone, but NEVER forgotten

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    The trucks I have owned or driven have all have all had a power divider lock. As far as I know this just locks the front and back axel together. Each axel is still a differential.
     
  5. lostNfound

    lostNfound Road Train Member

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    Many OTR trucks come with a power divider lock, but not full lockers (lock each differential) which are optional. For oilfield trucking most O/O and higher-end company trucks will have full lockers, while lower-end and starter companies likely won't. Improperly used, fully locked diffs can tear up a bunch of parts.
     
  6. Yup

    Yup Medium Load Member

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    From Loco Hills to Artesia its a 30 min run to the beer store :biggrin_2559:
    Your best bet is to check out the Hobb's area for "local" Companies
    It isn't that far over to the Odessa/Midland area for Companies like Silverline,BlueStreak,GTR etc.
    Frac Sand "IS THE" in trucking right now,those that are in it "know".

    The Loco Hills area is primarily oil,but they are producing both oil an gas from the new technology and doing re-entry on old vertical holes
    into the shale formations via directional drilling.
    Same applies from Jal down to Malaga.
    Haliburton an Cudd are the primary well service companies working that area.Not sure about Pioneer ?
    Everything got pretty crazy after all the buy-outs from Key,UTI/Patterson etc.
    Frac Sand hauling is easier then a dedicated drop an hook,I pay my drivers $210 ($14X14hrs)a day just to "SIT" whether its stand-by or demerge

    Nothing "hard" about it,the oilfield(like trucking) has become sanitized
    The term "easy" struggles to find a definition . . . . . .
    hook a hose to a can and 30-45mins your blown off,rolled up and leaving location.
    Dont let these TRR asphalt queens steer yah in a bar-ditch,LMK if you need realistic Frac/Oilfield 411.

     
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  7. Yup

    Yup Medium Load Member

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    Why the local driver shortage in TX/NM if gas hauling is all that ?
    Local P&D from all the Big 5 freight(Fed-Ex,Conway,Southeastern) as well as Gas have suffered due to drivers hitting the oilfield in favor of better money ?
    Any Coastal* hands doing $50-$70K in 1-5yrs ?
    NOT!
    Please dont speculate on things you haven't seen with your own eyes,
    the Oilfield is back and stronger then ever in recorded history.

    Your post contains nothing of "current" value,

    Respectfully,


     
  8. smarttowers

    smarttowers Light Load Member

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    I'm in Roswell, and believe that artesia/loco hills is closer then hobbs. Have spent the last 3 years taking care of my grandmother 24/7 so haven't really had much time to explore. I know the pre-hire letters I needed for WIA I was able to obtain out of loco hills/artesia. I hope to get on sand if everything pans out. As long as they stick me in a sleeper truck with working A/C I'll be happy. I don't mind living in the truck when they order the sand but aren't ready for it. My plan is to get wireless internet and use the laptop while I'm waiting.

    Thanks for the info it's been helpful, if you don't mind me asking where are your trucks running?
     
  9. smolivera

    smolivera Bobtail Member

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    Can anyone please help me...In North Dakota, for a newbie to the oilfield, which oilfield companies pay the best or what companies pay time and a half for over time with lots of hours? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  10. Hanzerik

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    I would say all of them would likely pay time and a half for overtime. Down here the pay isn't as good as ND, but we don't have a housing shortage like they do up there, and we get to sleep in our own beds. The way our company pays overtime is by figuring up how many weekdays in a pay period; either 10 or 11, at 8 hours a day. So lets take for example this pay period; the first day of the pay period (16th) was a Saturday, then there are 10 weekdays until the end of the pay period (31st). So 80 hours of this pay period will be figured at normal pay, anything over that 80 hours is time and a half. I'm at 50 hours in the last four days, so if that trend continues even with a couple days off thrown in, I'll be looking good as far as overtime.
     
  11. smarttowers

    smarttowers Light Load Member

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    Might read a few posts back BigJohn54 linked some threads about oilfield work. One was specific to ND oilfields. Also seems from reading them one of the biggest concerns shouldn't be pay but if they assist with housing. From reading it looks like getting housing there can cost you 1 week of your very good pay so if you get a good company that assists with reasonable housing the lower pay they give you is made up for by the housing. Also the ones who provide housing tend to be the better companies so I believe benefits would also be better as well as their concern for their drivers.
     
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