Eagle Ford Shale: Driving Trucks Requires CDL, Haz-Mat Experience
The Eagle Ford Shale is attracting all sorts of workers, not all of them high-paid. And even those with some experience, like driving tow trucks, might not make it. (The worker quoted below was subsequently laid off.) Driving trucks on the Eagle Ford Shale requires a commercial driver's license and experience hauling hazardous materials.
It's not all "gravy," says Juan Garcia, who before finding work on the Eagle Ford Shale oil fields was a tow truck driver, as John MacCormack reports for Fuel Fix. "Everyone thinks it's a good life, the oil field, but not until you get in do you find out it's not all gravy."
While some make $160,000 per year as experienced roughnecks, others make $13 per hour digging ditches and helping move rigs.
The work is hard. "The money may sound astounding," says another roughneck, "but put on a pair of boots and come get you some of it. See if you like it."
The bottom line is that not every roughneck can handle being a roughneck - some young workers aren't prepared for the job, and quit - while others have done it all their life and love the work and the pay.
And not every oil field job is glamorous or easy to get, like driving trucks.
Source: Life on the Shale