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    I saw an article on T.V the other night about the driver shortage in North Dakota. They need drivers in the oilfield. A water truck driver makes an average of $90,000 a year. The main problems they have of keeping drivers is the housing shortage and winter.If you need a job,head north.
    I personally will eep my little self empoyed job and be happy.:lol::lol::lol:

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    Chain, I'm up here right now pulling water. The stories are true and we need drivers. We have housing and more work than you can shake a stick at. And the money is nuts... Currently the state of North Dakota is running a 1.5% unemployment rate and needs workers with construction, heavy equipment, CDLs, concrete, etc. Starting pay for most all of these positions is roughly $70,000.00 +++ a year.

    Myself, I am having a ball, this has to be the best driving job I have ever had. Sure, the hours are long, averaging 100 hours a week right now and paid by the hour, time and a half after 40. Starting pay is normally $20 an hour to $25 an hour, you do the math. But all we do is drive around in a big circle all day, roughly a 100 mile radius, maybe make two rounds and go home unless we are moving fresh water. It is by far the easiest money I have ever made driving a truck.

    If any of you guys are interested in coming up here PM me for more info, as we are putting on more trucks.

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    Hello there .. I'm getting there soon , this week and would like to know some info hauling water truck driving position ..
    Do u work on company truck ? Is there still position currently available ? company provide housing ? Any info will help alot !

    Thanks !!!

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    Miron,

    The outfit I work for has housing, they charge you $30 a month for utilities, water, heat, air, cable and internet. We live in Minot and work all points West. Starting pay is $20 an hour for the first 40 hours and then $30 an hour time and a half there after. We pay every two weeks, and I average roughly 175 - 190 hours + or - in that two week period. Do the math, 80 hours straight time ($20) and roughly 100 hours time and a half ($30). It is the easiest money I have ever made driving truck.

    Call my Pusher, his name is Steve and does all of the hiring. And we are in serious need of drivers right now, give him a call @ (970) 773-3997

    One thing though, the hours are long, and you will need to work a minimum of 3 weeks to get one full week off. We work two shifts, 20 on and 20 off 7 days a week. This is easy work, but most guys cannot handle the hours or being away from home. I'm well into my second month here with no time off. It is what it is, and what it is is fantastic money for the actual work. Oh, and we offer nothing, no bennies, just lots and lots of hours, CA CHING!

    What you need to bring, steel toed work boots, at least 6 inches tall. Steel toed Muck Chore Boots, they can be bought up here for $109.00. A hard hat with an OSHA approved non combustible headlamp. You will also need rain gear, I recommend the Carhart heavy duty rain suit, as it is well suited to the work up here. Also a good set of coveralls to wear when greasing the trucks, and yes you have to crawl under the trucks to greas the drivelines. Other than that, jeans and t-shirts are the uniform of the day. Also bring a good hoody or heavy duty sweat shirt, as it does get cold at night here.

    Hope this helps!

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    justruckin, Do you know if your company hires/leases on owner operators? I have talked with some companies that are saying no o/o's right now, just company drivers. Yet I've talked to several people from that area that say they can't keep drivers, they leave as fast as they come. But that o/o's tend to stay longer cause they make more $$. Yet the companies are hiring less of them cause of sharing the wealth.

    Any way do u know of any companies that are hiring owner ops right now?, Thanks look forward to hearing from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by husband/wife team View Post
    justruckin, Do you know if your company hires/leases on owner operators? I have talked with some companies that are saying no o/o's right now, just company drivers. Yet I've talked to several people from that area that say they can't keep drivers, they leave as fast as they come. But that o/o's tend to stay longer cause they make more $$. Yet the companies are hiring less of them cause of sharing the wealth.

    Any way do u know of any companies that are hiring owner ops right now?, Thanks look forward to hearing from you.
    funny i was looking in to the same thing. just dont know how to go about it. i hear they are looking for bulk tanker drivers, belly dump and flatbeds?

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    hi firebird, ya they aren't easy to find, the big ones, missouri basin and others, called them and no o/o's right NOW, wt? don't get it, what is the problem. found lots of info, just not hearing actual hiring for owners right now. plenty of company driver jobs out there. We are a team and want to work 24/7, workin our asses off. Most the over $100 a hr jobs are bring your own tank, vac pump etc. if they are even taking on o/o now. most aren't. Some say check back next month, or go ahead and send in app. Seems to me that there ought to be some people out there that know that their company is hiring o/o right now. and if they will lease u tank or run there tank for less $, but seems nobody's talkin or its a big secret. then again may just be not NOW. we aren't giving up. thinking about placing an ad up there. surely there are companies out there that want a team that wants to work their butts off, and we already live in our truck, don't need housing, just showers, plus since we wouldn't be tied down to renting, we are very mobile to go to different sites as needed instead of stationary with a place to live. I've searched internet like crazy and calling too. frustration is setting in. Any info is a good thing. if u run into anything let me know will ya? most of my info started on the other trucking forum, tr--kers rep-rt, good info but no sure jobs, most of them are not hiring o/o right now. Good luck, keep in touch

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    see, i've heard that in tx and ND they are looking for o/o's. what i was TOLD and we all know how that info works, is that you get $65 an hour to sit on the oil fields. When ever you are loaded you get $4 a loaded mile and $1 mile unloaded. now from what i was told, is that sometimes you can sit on the field for a few hours.. then sit for a few days up to a week and not move but you must be on call. what i was thinking is 7 days on, 7 off. i would fly back home and get someone else sit in the truck. get a nice T800 or T600 with a stuido sleeper and be done with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firebird_1252 View Post
    see, i've heard that in tx and ND they are looking for o/o's. what i was TOLD and we all know how that info works, is that you get $65 an hour to sit on the oil fields. When ever you are loaded you get $4 a loaded mile and $1 mile unloaded. now from what i was told, is that sometimes you can sit on the field for a few hours.. then sit for a few days up to a week and not move but you must be on call. what i was thinking is 7 days on, 7 off. i would fly back home and get someone else sit in the truck. get a nice T800 or T600 with a stuido sleeper and be done with it.
    Unless you have a very reliable friend to swap out with you......Your thinking would be better to look at 3 weeks on....1 off. Otherwise....you might come back to find out your truck migrated to Mexico.

    There are plenty of these service companies that are hiring O/O's. There are some guys that are making big bucks. Some guys that are making little bucks. But the majority are getting shafted.
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    haha like it good reply

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangetxguy View Post
    Unless you have a very reliable friend to swap out with you......Your thinking would be better to look at 3 weeks on....1 off. Otherwise....you might come back to find out your truck migrated to Mexico.

    There are plenty of these service companies that are hiring O/O's. There are some guys that are making big bucks. Some guys that are making little bucks. But the majority are getting shafted.
    i have very good friends that would do this no problem. what i am worried about is getting shafted by the company. just got to figure out how to get in to this.

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    Look up Deer Valley Deer Valley Trucking Inc. | Idaho Falls, ID Williston, ND

    Cascade (don't have a link) they haul water and handle the frac tanks.

    Gold Spur out of Minot has lease ops.

    Also Wylie Bice, heard good things about them.

    Also, check the classifieds out in this link, allot of jobs listed with contact info. The Shopper, Inc. - Williston, ND - Classifieds, Help Wanted, Real Estate and More!

    Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justruckin View Post
    Look up Deer Valley Deer Valley Trucking Inc. | Idaho Falls, ID Williston, ND

    Cascade (don't have a link) they haul water and handle the frac tanks.

    Gold Spur out of Minot has lease ops.

    Also Wylie Bice, heard good things about them.

    Also, check the classifieds out in this link, allot of jobs listed with contact info. The Shopper, Inc. - Williston, ND - Classifieds, Help Wanted, Real Estate and More!

    Hope that helps.

    And the hours and pay rate is about 18 for rookies ?

    would they hire someone who just got their CDL ?

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    I haul fresh water for Power Fuels. I make about $400-450 a night in a company truck 6 days a week and I have great benefits. I work 6pm-6am. I have my own place but we have a lot of places for drivers to stay if you aren't from ND. It is easy high paying work. A lot of the o/o companies are hit or miss and there are a lot of fly-by-night outfits up here. My advice if you want to work in the oilpatch is to come work at Power Fuels and make your mistakes in a company truck, then when you get your feet wet if you want to go somewhere else at least you will have some firsthand info. They require 2 years class A exp. unless you're a smooth talker. If that's not an option for you there are leasers and o/o's that will hire you to run their truck at night or run one of their extra trucks (but be warned it can be HARD to get paid by some of those clowns and you'll make less money with no benefits). If you work through a winter driving in the oilpatch and don't wreck anything you can pretty much go to any company out here after that, they usually figure one winter in the oilpatch is enough experience for anyone (and they are right). The companies mentioned earlier in this thread are OK, but their drivers receive little or no oilpatch training and are pretty much just thrown in. The last time I saw a DVT truck with an English speaking driver was February and he was lost. Even if you have a truck that you want to run up here, I would advise you to drive for a company for a few months, learn the roads (they aren't marked like elsewhere and they are ROUGH and tear trucks up), and do your learning curve on someone else's equipment. Another company to look at if you are dead set on n running your own truck is ITL (Iowa Tank Lines). Rookie or no rookie, if you go to work out here for less than 30 an hour (if you're getting cash and no benefits) you are screwing yourself- the girls running the register at the Stanley Cenex at night are making 17 an hour. I live and work here so if you want to know anything specific just ask. I got numbers for my company they are hiring and I can get numbers for others if you want.

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    Hey Lightsout, you say that Power Fuels has lots of places for out of town drivers to stay. What type of housing is it, is it paid by the Co or the driver, is there a time limit you can stay in Co housing before they expect you to find your own pad, etc. I'm interested in the work, but from what I'm seeing unless the Co provides housing or I'm looking to pick up and move, the extra money to be made there will just be spent there on housing. Also do you know what their time off policy is for the out of towners, i.e. three weeks on 1 week off or can you accumulate days off and use them all at once, like working two months then taking two weeks off. I am currently driving OTR and work a month then go home for a week with the family and would kinda like to keep that type of schedule. If any one else has info on their Co's it would be appreciated also. Thanks in advance.

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    I have a 39' fth wheel travel trailer, winter ready. Am considering ND for a 6 month winter trial but doing a web search there are few RV parks in the Williston area and I'm sure they are full. I'm sure there have been some new ones built recently but I'm sure they cram them in there like sardines ... If you're situated in a good area, can you be "home" daily? Seen any decent RV parks for those with trailers well situated geographically for drivers?

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    90k gross a year-don't believe it whatsoever. Prove it. Post a paycheck online. They have an internet program for that.

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    To the O/Op's that wants to put their trucks to work in the patch... Highway spec'ed trucks just fall apart doing oilfield work, (at least here in Canada they do) heavy framed 500 + hp 46,000 rears 4.10-4.30 rears w/ dual lockers being the standard.




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    Hi Guys..

    So I've been thinking the same thing... chasing the money or as they say Rock'n the Baaken. Running in L.A. playing with traffic. Worried about being video taped not leaving a minimum of a 7 second space in front of me is frustrating but im doing it, hard, but doing....

    For me my mother in Law lives in Baker, MT and my Ex brother in Law is on the fire dept there in Williston. We would probably live in Baker since I have immediate housing so if anyone has any info let me know...

    As for 100hrs a week, no thanks. Running water or a vac truck interests me...

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    dew,

    100 hours+ a week was a GOOD WEEK! You do get time to sleep, trust me, and you are on the clock while you are sawing logs. Ding, ding, ding, ding $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Easiest money I have ever made. The hard part is finding the right outfit to work for, or lease on with. It is good money for sure, but there are more than a few fly by night outfits up here. Do your due diligence and do not forget the housing. Living in the truck is not housing, especially when there are few places to take a shower up there in NW ND. I think I know of three such places to get a shower, much less a sit down meal if you drive a truck and need to park it.

    It ain't for sissies, but if you are willing the cash is pretty hard to pass up. You will not make this kind of money driving regional or OTR, trust me on that. I figured it out once, as a company driver, I was making anywhere between $2.50 to $3.00 a mile as a company driver hauling water in ND. Just saying.

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