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 How busy is the oilfield?
DVCER  [Team Member]
6/26/2011 5:35:15 PM EST
Bad as I hear?
We went thru the same thing here in Rifle,CO a few years ago with nat. gas, but at least 70% of the business is now gone......I heard to the bakken field in ND.
I'm an automation electrician thinking about coming you way, should be about the same kind of work, Pumping , measuring, controlling and telemetry.
It has slowed down here and some of my guys are thinking of heading up your way.
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Hanzerik  [Team Member]
6/26/2011 7:34:59 PM EST
Just started (Thursday) driving water trucks down here and the roads are rock hard for the most part, at least the ones I have driven on in WY and CO. Around the Frac locations, where the water holding pits and frac tanks are can get kind of nasty. It's probably pretty nasty up there. I think we will stay busy doing what we are doing...seems there in no shortage of crap to be filled or sucked.
DVCER  [Team Member]
6/27/2011 11:05:43 AM EST
Thanks, anybody have any customer contacts to share? We're looking for electrical/automation work
tesla120  [Team Member]
6/27/2011 1:56:20 PM EST
I know a guy who does some sort of work with a construction/cement company, hes the head of safety or something. most all of their business is going to the other side of the state with the oil fields are, and he says he is getting applications from every state in the country. people are flocking and business is booming.
TruckinAR  [Member]
7/11/2011 5:56:38 PM EST
I am about 25 miles west of Sidney,Mt. Right in the middle of this Bakkan Field.
I was just gonna visit with one of my imaginary internet friends for a day or two and I am still here after a week.

There a are a few issues you should be aware of....Housing being the main one. Insane crazy prices. $1250 a month for a 5th wheel pull behind and the extended stay places seemed booked til next year .

I am pretty sure I found a gig in my field over in Williston, ND, might find out in the next day or two, but those rentals are damned scarce.
Sidney,MT is not much better and where I am at is just as bad.
So I may be looking for some sort of shelter, even if it is one of the old school military canvas command centers and a wood stove
Tommytwoguns  [Team Member]
7/12/2011 5:31:20 PM EST
I thought there were man camps that the oil companies provided to employees?
DVCER  [Team Member]
7/13/2011 3:08:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By Tommytwoguns:
I thought there were man camps that the oil companies provided to employees?


They can be had, but generally are not offered to us. Automation and electrical hands are the black sheep,
at least we get treated that way sometimes

ceekay  [Member]
7/14/2011 7:28:44 AM EST
As I understand it, there are more jobs to fill in ND/MT than there are homes in the entire state. Also, I heard Williston and area is getting water, with the flooding that's happening.

Also, yes rent and such is ludicrous in that area right now. Anything you find coming available should be snatched-up at nearly any price! We've got a very cheap standard of living, with a very solid economy, so even with rent/lease/etc. being somewhat exaggerated, you can still afford food. :)


- CK
KG5S  [Team Member]
7/30/2011 6:28:36 PM EST
It's starting to get busy in Arkansas again , Chesapeake sold out everything to BHP and they are starting a good run.
ceekay  [Member]
8/1/2011 12:41:57 AM EST
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MajorStumpDemon  [Member]
8/13/2011 1:55:53 AM EST
i have a relative in georgia built homes his entire career. that stuff is dead here. so he heard about driving trucks in the old fields. he has just started to investigate..

so some questions for those in the area.. are there jobs up their driving trucks? do you need experience? the housing issue sounds bad. are their jobs for folks building housing? this is what he would prefer to do. can you build houses all year round? in GA you can but i remember being in aspen, co and seeing tents or something over construction sites and hearing stuff about not being able to dig foundations during certain times of the year.

i suggested buying a used RV and driving up there and using that to live in for a while. any comments? places to park? reasons not to use an RV.

thanks for any info.
BiggEZ  [Team Member]
8/13/2011 6:22:09 PM EST
The oil fields are insane up here in northern ND. The oil companies go through great lengths to provide housing for their people. In one city they reserved two entire apartment buildings on 2 year contracts so they could provide their people with housing. Upon talking to one of the oil higher ups I attended a meeting with, he said the 2 years was to allow them time to acquire land and build their own housing area for all their workers.

I've been talking to all my friends back east trying to get them to leave their minimum wage jobs and come out here.. Depending on experience you can walk in and get hired the same day for between 4-6k$ a month. They are always in need of chemistry/geology guys as well. If you can stand the cold (think -30 without wind chill figured in) then this is definitely the place to come looking for a job. The companies also cover most any reasonable associated costs as well. I've seen them offer group transports from some of the cities out to the different sites. Clothing allowances (they have to wear fire retardant stuff, and that gets pretty pricey real quick). On site food if you work on one of the rigs. It's really not a bad gig. I have more than a few times thought about going out there for work.

Please shoot me an IM if you have any specific questions, I don't get much time in the day to come surfing around these parts of the site.
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