Random Question: Trucking or Construction

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  1. DevJohnson

    DevJohnson Medium Load Member

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    Lol right
     
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  3. Guitar Man

    Guitar Man Medium Load Member

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    I'd Get on a road construction crew. You'll make great money,and if you really want to learn to drive truck or operate heavy equipment,I can almost guarantee you'll get the opportunity to do both,given a little time. Pass the drug test,show up on everyday and on time,work the hours they ask of you, and you'll have your pick of jobs on that crew within 2 years,guaranteed. Just a subtle hint, but the heavy equipment almost always pays more than the truck drivers get, but both make incredibly good money. Good luck and go get 'em bud.
     
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  4. Curly88

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    I did construction from 18 till 22 then went otr for 3 years then back to my old boss doing construction again for a year. Me and a co worker then started up our own construction business that became very successful after 3 years which I then sold my half over to my partner in Jan packed up and moved from Iowa to Mt where I went right back to trucking. I used my CDL in construction since I was 19 so it hasn't been a problem getting back in. As far as advice for you it boils down to what u like to do. I hate construction but I made a ton of money and I love what money can do for you but I also love traveling, I like being in a different place every day, I like being by myself, trucking I don't have to talk to near as many people and don't have to keep my workers happy.
     
  5. Woodchuck88

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    When you have a CDL you should never be laid off, drive low boy, end dump or live bottem truck during the construction season then drive for any other of a million trucking companies in the winter.
     
  6. jodyj54

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    I would like to say this; I worked my way through college and never regretted all the studying and the 65 thousand I spend at the time. Having intellectual knowlege is a good feeling knowing you are on the level or above with most people you come into contact with everyday. Everyone should know, people evaluate you just by listening to you speak and your intellect. Futhermore, you have more opprotunities should you leave trucking or construction.

    Trucking is not as physically demanding, but has stress levels at times. It is more consistant than construction and drivers are always in demand. Choose a smaller company if you truck, never get too friendly with them and always leave the back door open.
     
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  7. I glide 47

    I glide 47 Road Train Member

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    My random question do fish sweat I mean swimming around all day is a lot work
     
  8. DevJohnson

    DevJohnson Medium Load Member

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    Lol maybe they do, maybe they don’t
     
  9. DevJohnson

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    I think in the long run trucking would be for me because I can put my time in (I’m a rookie) come off the road and do local (lot of companies where I live up in Idaho. Or I may put in my time over the road and hit the rigs to make a bunch of money and come home.
     
  10. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

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    I spent all day setting concrete forms. Right now, I'm saying "drive a dam truck"!!!!! This construction stuff is hard on the ole body.....

    But truth be told, I could never do just one thing. I'd be headed for the rubber room Inn and Suites in short order. Get bored too easily.
     
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  11. Dino soar

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    It really depends what kind of construction you're talking about and what kind of trucking you're talking about.

    Are you talking about running heavy equipment, laboring being a foreman superintendent civil engineer?

    Are you talking about the driving a dump truck are you talking about driving produce Coast to Coast, or are you talking about going to a union company?

    Way too many variables to decide what is better just construction versus Trucking.

    I've done both, but if I was a young man starting out I would have to say either become an electrician or become some kind of civil engineer or estimator or some kind of a job that you can make well over $100,000 a year.

    If it was Trucking you really would have to go to a union Trucking shop or find a job where you can make a hundred thousand a year.

    But the problem is if you make Trucking your career there aren't really a lot of Alternatives if for some reason you're medically disqualified or disqualified for some reason.

    If you like people and you go into the right part of construction you can be more like an executive and make a lot of money without having to drive a truck or run heavy equipment.

    Depends what you are looking for.
     
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