This Road Truck Driver operates the road truck (or “haul truck”) used in the rig up, rig down, and movement of oil rigs. The Road Truck Driver is primarily responsible for transporting full loads of materials and supplies, and heavy pieces of equipment between rig locations. This job demands more time driving longer distances on paved roads and less time in and around rig locations than do the pole or tandem truck drivers
To qualify for a Road Truck Driver position, an individual must be willing and able to safely perform the following activities:
- Have multi-limb coordination – using both hands and feet simultaneously and with precision
- Sit in the driver’s seat of the truck (air ride seat) for up to four hours continuously without leaving the cab
- Drive long distances on highway
- Climb up and down from the truck cab
- Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – hardhat, fire resistant clothing, gloves, safety eyeglasses, and steel-toed boots – whenever outside the truck while on rig location
- Lift, throw, loop, and secure heavy metal chains
- Have manual dexterity to move hands and arm to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects
- Bend, stoop, kneel, twist, and crawl throughout the work shift
- Trust the communications provided by other co-workers without always being able to personally verify
- Have clear vision to judge near and far distances to maintain awareness of, watch, and report ongoing work activities to coworkers and third parties; wearing corrective lenses or eye-glasses is acceptable
- Hear trucks backing up (beeping) and unusual noises that may signify equipment or machinery problems
- Accurate recall of information over short and long-term memory (e.g., sequence and prioritization of tasks)
- Maintain spatial orientation and awareness to safely move around a work environment with several moving trucks and heavy equipment
- Give and receive hand signals with swampers and other workers
- Work in physical isolation (cab of the truck) for majority of the day with limited face-to-face interaction with co-workers
- Have patience to wait for trailers to load
Key relevant tasks include the following:
- Drive a full load of materials, supplies or equipment from one rig location to another
- Measure height and width of load on trailer to ensure safe transport
- Help swampers and fork lift drivers to secure loads on trailer using cables, ropes, pins, and wires
- Maximize load capacity on trailer without sacrificing safety
- Give and receive hand signals to swamper to allow for safe and efficient movement around the drilling location as well as loading and unloading of equipment and materials
- Drive Road Truck from the office to the rig location
- Operate a CB radio to communicate with truck escort while driving from location to location
- Operate a CB radio to communicate with other truck drivers and truck manager regarding sequencing of tasks and other instructions
- Use a variety of hand tools (e.g. hammer, mini-sledge, wrenches) to perform a range of mechanically oriented functions related to the maintenance of the truck and/or lifting of equipment
- Drive swampers to a new location (if in close proximity)
- Conduct pre- and post-trip inspection of truck to check for mechanical problems
- Attend and follow a brief safety and planning meeting at the beginning of each shift
- Provide occasional, informal tips to swampers on how best to secure and fasten cables around some loads
Read and understand gauges indicating weight, tension, and temperature to ensure safe hoisting with the wenches
Work shifts are typically 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (14 hours) with a limit of 70 hours per week. Extended shifts can include days, nights and occasional overtime as well as weekends and holidays. Road Truck Drivers may occasionally be asked to stay overnight at a motel near to the drilling location. Road Truck Drivers travel on the open road with the assistance of an escort who drives ahead of him/her.
The driver will spend approximately 75% of their day in the truck. The driver is able to control the internal conditions of the cab, including, heat, air conditioning, and music.
When outside of the truck, the driver will be exposed to a variety of weather conditions, including precipitation, cold / heat, dust, and high wind. The Road Truck Driver must operate the vehicle on uneven terrain, which may consists of gravel, dirt, mud, and sand, in addition to paved roads. They will be exposed to the typical conditions of the local area where the trucking operations and drilling rigs are located. Rig locations are loud and busy, demanding constant awareness from the Road Truck Driver.
The Road Truck Driver must work with an emphasis on safety for themselves and others including coworkers and third parties. Safety training is provided, and the driver must adhere to these guidelines. They also must be able to work closely with others as they will work together in the confined work areas and under time-sensitive deadlines.
Education Requirements and Knowledge
The Road Truck Driver position requires a high school diploma, certificate, or equivalent. The Road Truck Driver must be able to speak, read, and write English. Prior work experience driving a long haul truck. Prior experience working as a swamper is preferred but not required. Basic Math skills – counting, addition, subtraction – are necessary. Must be able to read maps and follow driving directions. There are no height or weight restrictions provided that physical demands of job can be performed.
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Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. is a provider of contract drilling business. It operates primarily in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas,...