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Old 02-24-2012, 05:34 AM
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The news media makes it look like 100,000 dollar a year jobs are laying on the ground waiting for anyone to come get. Anyone here have first hand knowledge of what the real deal up there is like?
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:40 AM
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I would liike to know too. I would move today.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:42 AM
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Bakerhughes.com. You can go work on the oil fields. Make 11k per month with a $1,000 perdiem. 30 year projected oil up there. If I wasnt established I'd be looking in to it


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What I have found out is that jobs are up there. If you have a pulse and can pass a piss test, your on. The 100,000 dollar a year ones may not be where you start.Housing is a big issue. And no more parking in Walmart with a camper.Even bringing an RV doesn't help much. 900 a month for hookups if you can find one.Most new motels/hotels are booked by the oil companys before they are finished.Jobs are there,long hours, brutal weather.And drug and alcohol testing will happen and no second chances.Unless you have a skill or trade they are looking for, getting hired over the phone or internet is tuff.Beating on doors and introducing yourself is still the best way, or better yet have a friend already there.Hell I was told Burger King was paying 15 an hour with a 300 sign on bonus if you had prior experience and you will get overtime.So 800-900 a week burning burgers is a possible.But finding a place to sleep and crap becomes a chore. Plan on spending some serious money on artic gear if your working outside.Been told a 1000 bucks goes quick for good clothes and boots.The man camps put up with no drugs, booze or drama.If you show up you may not get hired for a couple weeks. Truck drivers with a CDL and min 3 yrs experience are in hot demand.I'm still thinking about it.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:43 AM
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Jimmm pretty much hit it on the head for the Williston area. There are jobs but no where to live for a reasonable price. The Minot area is also going through some growth and will be picking up, especially if you are in construction, after last years flood.
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I have more than twenty years experience in the trucking field -- and possess a Class A CDL (with HAZMAT, tanker & doubles endorsements); but living in those harsh conditions and the cold weather of ND is not very appealing.

$100,000 is pretty good money, even here in VA.
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Just remember one thing fellas, your working like 80 hrs a week to make that kinda money when your driving truck over there in ND. Heard from quite a few people that have been working over. If thats all you wanna do over there, thats fine but dont really wanna live in a travel trailer when its -25 out. Just dont sound that much fun to me.
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Came across this thread thought it was funny. I'm headed up there in 2 weeks from Southern CALI. I visit my dad up there a couple times a year and found out about these jobs. I have had my CDL for a year and a half so I'm moving to try it out. Hope my 6.0 doesn't hate the cold too much. I have a 5th wheel my dad is going to let me use, cause I'm not towing mine 1,800 miles. So I'll post back up in a couple weeks and tell you first hand what I find. I'm leaving my very much loved pit bull behind to give this a try... Oh and my fiancÚ too!


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Old 03-15-2012, 08:18 AM
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I also have read a lot about trying to prep a RV or trailer for the intense cold.Seems to be about as much fun as trying to put the bird crap back in the bird. Bails of straw stacked around it, heat tape, wrapped,leaving cabinets open etc. Sounds like lots of fun.
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What I have found out is that jobs are up there. If you have a pulse and can pass a piss test, your on. The 100,000 dollar a year ones may not be where you start.Housing is a big issue. And no more parking in Walmart with a camper.Even bringing an RV doesn't help much. 900 a month for hookups if you can find one.Most new motels/hotels are booked by the oil companys before they are finished.Jobs are there,long hours, brutal weather.And drug and alcohol testing will happen and no second chances.Unless you have a skill or trade they are looking for, getting hired over the phone or internet is tuff.Beating on doors and introducing yourself is still the best way, or better yet have a friend already there.Hell I was told Burger King was paying 15 an hour with a 300 sign on bonus if you had prior experience and you will get overtime.So 800-900 a week burning burgers is a possible.But finding a place to sleep and crap becomes a chore. Plan on spending some serious money on artic gear if your working outside.Been told a 1000 bucks goes quick for good clothes and boots.The man camps put up with no drugs, booze or drama.If you show up you may not get hired for a couple weeks. Truck drivers with a CDL and min 3 yrs experience are in hot demand.I'm still thinking about it.

Hit it RIGHT on the head




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Just remember one thing fellas, your working like 80 hrs a week to make that kinda money when your driving truck over there in ND. Heard from quite a few people that have been working over. If thats all you wanna do over there, thats fine but dont really wanna live in a travel trailer when its -25 out. Just dont sound that much fun to me.

I agree man, I know some people that went there to work a year ago and we kept in touch and he said -30* with VERY bad wind makes it about -45 to -60*...


Too cold for me!!! And LONGGGG days to get that kind of money.
If you want to kill your health to get rich, then go right ahead... I would rather live a good (not rich) life and not worry about dying earlier... Or instantly in that fricking cold
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