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Joined: 5/25/2006
Msg: 1
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Hey all you oilfielders out there..

I'm a truck driver currently working out of Kelowna, BC and plan to head up to the GP area soon to work. I'm going to have my First Aid and H2S with the intention of landing a big-$$ driving job up in the fields.

Do any of you have any tips or job leads that may make my search/adventure fruitful?

Thanks in advance,

IF you have any really juicy leads, just mail me here on POF..Cheers.
Joined: 8/30/2005
Msg: 2
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/12/2006 9:04:31 PM
Do a search for Grande Prairie, Alberta newspapers..

That's the best tip I can give..

Wish I could be more help..

Good Luck in your search..
Joined: 2/17/2006
Msg: 3
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/12/2006 9:10:52 PM
Hey...I have been in the industry for years. Trust me. If you have a pretty clean Class 1, H2S Alive, First Aid and a're HIRED! Lol!
Joined: 8/21/2005
Msg: 4
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Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/12/2006 9:22:02 PM
I'd say the pulse is enough, the class 1 is a bonus, and the rest is wasted, since they'll train you if they want it! OK...sour gas ticket on its own might be good too, with or without a pulse.
Joined: 4/8/2006
Msg: 5
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/12/2006 9:43:06 PM
Not sayin' you aren't, but be prepared for a urine test also.
Joined: 1/17/2005
Msg: 6
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/12/2006 10:26:50 PM
I don't know what's up north, but I know here around Edmonton Precision drilling is big! As well as Nabor's drilling. I myself work for a valve shop. I could guarentee you a job with my company but if you don't have any experience then you'll only be starting around $15.00 per hour or so!
 deputys girl
Joined: 2/14/2006
Msg: 7
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/13/2006 8:33:36 AM
Nabors and precision, you are only a number, they dont give a crap about the little people...we know this from are better off to apply at trinidad they are awesome.....and if your heading up to gp, there are so many trucking companies in should have no problem finding work....
Joined: 6/9/2006
Msg: 8
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/13/2006 9:08:15 AM
I'd try and get in the Teamsters and head up to the sands (Syncrude/Suncor).
Joined: 11/14/2005
Msg: 9
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/13/2006 9:19:41 AM
^^^teamsters....just watch your knees.....
Joined: 5/25/2006
Msg: 10
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/13/2006 9:45:22 AM
Thanks for all the tips folks..I'll be following up on them this month or so..

Keep it coming!

Joined: 1/8/2006
Msg: 11
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/13/2006 5:23:34 PM
Just apply at any of the places around here, tell them you will swamp until you get it fingerd out. With a class 1 you will probably make 25 bucks an hour to start until you learn. Then the sky is the limit!!! Get good, don't die and yeah.. make something of yourself.
Joined: 2/19/2006
Msg: 12
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/13/2006 5:38:00 PM
There is alot of work in the oilfield here in Red Deer. You might want to check it out.......Good Luck
Joined: 2/18/2006
Msg: 13
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/13/2006 9:56:20 PM
I've been working in the oilfield for 8 yrs now and can anyone answer this. Why do all truck drivers hauling what ever it be oilfield related feel the need to drive down the highway at 125 ++ kph? In a hurry to go no-where. Sure there are more breaks on an 18 wheeler but those are only as good as the amount of traction you may have. This winter on my way to work up at Rainbow Lake a Powell Transport truck pulling a B-train flat deck loaded with casing decided that he just had to pass on icey roads at approx. 120 on a section of highway b/w 2 bridges and once past me started to brake cause the next approach was his turn to Assumption. Shake my head and that just confirms my thoughts that it doesn't take much to drive a semi, hell a monkey can probably do it. So thats my rant for the
Joined: 6/9/2006
Msg: 14
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/14/2006 7:25:44 AM
lol It's called getting paid by the load not the hour. If anyone is interested (i.e. bored or something) there's a neat book called "Driving Lessons" written by a UofA researcher named Peter Rothe that is pretty interesting on the subject (I come from a family of truckers...and yes a swear like a trucker lol).
 Just Debbie
Joined: 1/11/2006
Msg: 15
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/14/2006 8:57:09 AM
Try these web sites they are all legit and have had a lot of success. Good Luck but GP wouldn't be my first choice.
Give them a whirl best to you.
Joined: 7/21/2005
Msg: 16
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Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/14/2006 9:11:37 AM
Forget about finding a job, there everywhere and thats easy.

Find a place to live first. Thats the hard part. Vacancy in Alberta is almost 0.
Joined: 5/25/2006
Msg: 17
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 6/14/2006 6:37:00 PM
Wow. Thanks everyone! I will definetly keep those hints and tips in mind, especially those web addy's!

And of course, being the info-glutton that I am..more! More! Hahah

Joined: 1/18/2007
Msg: 18
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 2/23/2007 4:53:59 PM
Hey I know what your talking about. I have been in the oilpatch 33 years and it gets worse every year. I started driving in 1975 and supervised trucks moving drilling rigs for 16. The new age of drivers we have today nothing seems to work between what supposed to be their brain and their right throttle foot. woofer99
Joined: 1/28/2007
Msg: 19
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Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 2/23/2007 7:01:50 PM
try water hauling its not bad. ive spent 12 years in the patch loved almost every minute of it until i almost died twice good luck and look up to live have a great day man
 love vs lust
Joined: 1/18/2007
Msg: 20
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 2/23/2007 8:52:42 PM
I agree with the guy who said to find somewhere to live first. Key point. Also look around. The big companies aren't always the best. GP is a great place though, full of young and rich folks and growing like a bad weed. Speaking of weed, they'll defintely drug test you if you're from BeeCee lol.

Good luck buddy ... from a transplanted BC'er.

Joined: 1/16/2006
Msg: 21
Oilfield Workin'
Posted: 2/23/2007 10:09:08 PM
I have heard from many people that the patch is slowing down here in GP. Lots of trucking companies like Formula Powell, Swanberg, and many more. You can see all the career ads on-line through the local newspapers website (Daily Herald Tribune). Good luck in your search, and oh ya, I hope that you have a place to stay. Finding anything decent is tough and the cost of living is higher.
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