Profile For Ja

Ja's Info

  • Location:
    Phoenix, AZ

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 months, 3 weeks ago

Ja's Bio

CDL holder for 20 years. Have worked in the Oilfields primarily for 15 years with brief stints of OTR for about 5 years. So, OTR definitely isn't my forte!

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Getting manual restriction removed for a newbie

You could always apply for Nine Energy service (no I don't work for them) if you are wanting to get your foot into the oilfield. Nine is an well servicing company and all of their fleet is automatics. Oilfield work is a LOT different than OTR driving. Like night and day. Yes you drive tractors and equipment, but, that is very little of what you actually do. The pro side of starting in the oilfield is, no docks to bump, usually have a wider range of area to turn, drive and especially with Nine energy, the require a land guide at all times when backing and we get paid when our wheels aren't turning. A ton of downtime. So, that definitely makes it easier for a new CDL driver.

The cons, you can be on location for days, literally! No showers, no truckstops, no cell reception. You run out of food, tough luck, you run out of clean socks and underwear, tough luck. You feel like taking a break while the job is in progress, tough luck.

Oilfield work isn't just huge paychecks, it's a rough life sometimes and definitely not for everyone. Just something to think about. I would recommend OTR before you try your luck with the oilfields.

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