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 Couple of questions about ND. work / winter
gunwish  [Member]
12/5/2011 5:16:34 PM EST
Well, I am thinking about moving to ND in January and I have a couple of questions. I figured that the Dakotas HTF would be a good place to start.

I will be be coming from North Carolina and the winters between the 2 states are little different.

Any suggestions for winterizing a car for ND winters. Do you use a lighter weight oil or a different kind of antifreeze
Right now I am driving a 2009 KIa Rio. I run mobile 1 5w20 in it and the antifreeze is still original from the dealership.
I am guessing that I need snow chains. Are these hard to put on? Are they expensive?

The other question is about oil work.

Does anyone have any firsthand knowledge about working in the oil fields?
I've been hearing that someone with no experience that is willing to work hard 16 hours a day, 7 days a week can make 60-100k a year.
Is there any truth to this?
Any suggestions on where to go to get hired on? What companies to look into? Are the hiring processes the traditional fill out app online and then they call you. Or is best to show up on site looking for a job?

Sorry if this is long winded. Any information or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Gunwish
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tt350z  [Member]
12/6/2011 12:45:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By gunwish:
Well, I am thinking about moving to ND in January and I have a couple of questions. I figured that the Dakotas HTF would be a good place to start.

I will be be coming from North Carolina and the winters between the 2 states are little different.

Any suggestions for winterizing a car for ND winters. Do you use a lighter weight oil or a different kind of antifreeze
Right now I am driving a 2009 KIa Rio. I run mobile 1 5w20 in it and the antifreeze is still original from the dealership.
I am guessing that I need snow chains. Are these hard to put on? Are they expensive?

I use 5w30 in my truck, so I don't see a reason you'd have an issue. I do try to plug it in when an outlet is available though.
You can use a tester to check if your antifreeze is still in good condition, if it's good, you'll be good to go
I honestly don't think it snows enough to warrant snow chains in ND, well at least in the Minot area. We don't really get constant snow. It's more like a few days of heavy snow scattered over the winter.
I don't have chains but I've never felt the need for them (been in ND since 09')


The other question is about oil work.

Does anyone have any firsthand knowledge about working in the oil fields?
I've been hearing that someone with no experience that is willing to work hard 16 hours a day, 7 days a week can make 60-100k a year.
Is there any truth to this?
Any suggestions on where to go to get hired on? What companies to look into? Are the hiring processes the traditional fill out app online and then they call you. Or is best to show up on site looking for a job?

My old lead tech retired from the AF earlier this year. He started working as a truck driver for one of the companies around May with ZERO experience. He said he should be able to pull in $70k by the end of this calendar year, so I'd say it's true depending how much you wanna work. He just needed to get his CDL and pass a drug test and that was it. Not sure who he applied with though, but I'm tempted to finish up my enlistment and do the same thing. There are articles in the news stating that they will hire people on the spot, but of course how true the news is is up to you to decide.

One big problem is finding a place to stay though. The flood affected something like 25% of the homes. So there's a huge shortage in housing and it's only gonna get worse.


Sorry if this is long winded. Any information or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Gunwish


UBB  [Team Member]
12/6/2011 6:20:48 PM EST
You do NOT need chains. Good all season tires and you're GTG.

A block heater would be a good idea as well.
hawkin  [Team Member]
12/7/2011 7:11:46 AM EST
I've never needed chains nor has my dad on a vehicle. Just drive a little slower and smarter!
ndkid  [Member]
12/7/2011 7:36:46 AM EST
You will want to make sure that your antifreeze is about a 50/50 mix with water. Also if you do not have a block heater in your car you will want one. The biggest problem that you will have is going to be housing. There is no where to live (hence why people are living in Walmart parking lots) and if you do find something the rent is stupid riduclous.

The good news is that there are plenty of jobs and $60,0000 or more should be easy. Truck drivers are in need all over. The traffic and road conditions can make that dangerous at times. Some companies have "Man Camps" where you might be able to stay. I would try to secure a location first. It is cold here now. Careful on how you secure a location because there was a scam going around about a compnay finding housing and jobs for people for $100.

Here is the local news that has many stories about the Oil industry.

KXMC
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