Originally posted by HamrHeed
reply to post by TruckDriver69
The only problem is that you reach "maximum capacity" quick.
AKA DEAD END JOB
but yeah, if you have no goals then proceed..
or... I mean, if your goal is to drive a truck for 20 yrs to buy a mediocre home.,.
Sorry, but this is a load of bunk, really, an absolute load of bunk.
Right out of high school, I did not have the money for post secondary education, and did not want to go into debt, so I started operating heavy
equipment for a local constructions company, this of course meant I was laied off for 4-6 months of the year (winter) and I wanted more. I found a job
working as a night clerk at a truck stop, and "interned" at a trucking company during the day. It only took 3 months and I had my CDL, I started off
hauling "hopper bottoms"locally, then progressed to dry can freight (more money, but longer hours/days away).
With my heavy equipment experience, I landed a job doing flat deck work, oversize/heavy haul. I made for several year in the 70K-74K range. after 8
years of driving, I decided I wanted to be home more, so moved west into oil country (SE Saskatchewan, not Alberta) and started driving truck there,
and working service rigs during "spring road ban", and eventually worked into a shop foreman position with a geological coring company, gaining
experience on drilling rigs. The hours got too long, and my mother passed away, leaving me to help care for my ailing elderly father, and the foreman
job was too much in the way of time commitments, so I started working for a company driving "Hot Shot", which is expedited oilfield hauling for a
company servicing the service rigs.
I currently work for another hot shot outfit that caters to the drilling side of things, and now earn $25 an hour, soon to be going up to $30,
granted, I don't work a regular 40 hour week some weeks less, some weeks more, but it allows me the flexibility to look after my dad. Are there down
sides? Sure, when I am on call, I can get calls 24 hours a day, bu the company provides me with a nice truck to drive. and the boss is not a look over
your shoulder type.
This year has been unusual, in that spring "road ban" has been longer than usual, so I find myself delivering pizza for "Dominos" in the evening,
anything to make an honest living, is it "beneth" my skill level as a professional driver? Sure, but the owner hired me over a few other people
because of my clean record, and safe driving experience, on the flip side, I am/was a regular customer, and i did not even need to show him my resume,
when I walked in and asked if they were looking for drivers, he recited back to me my regular order, and, and said he would give me a call, no need to
see my resume (I have pulled up in my work truck with trailer and often load often enough for him to know I am an employable and experienced driver).
An hour later he called me and told me to show up "tomorrow at 4pm", he knows I am there until work picks up after road ban, but I did tell him I
would be interested and willing to stay on after as a part time driver, I have a few "investments" I would like to make, and a little extra cash
would go a long way to making them a reality, he liked the idea.
In short, truck driving is not a "dead end" job, unless nothing less than being the CEO of a fortune 500 company, and the greed that goes with it,
id your nature. I know drivers that have been behind the wheel 30 years, and make insane amounts of money, you know, they don't let just anyone pull
"superloads", or those high ticket items around, send it with the wrong guy, and it won't make it there in one piece. I know guys that might work 1
-2 weeks a month doing specialty hauling, and make pay checks that would make your toes curl. Heavy haulers are often called "a trucker's trucker"
for a reason.
Truck driving can be a dead end job if you have no aspirations, skill, you are lazy, or just incompetent though, but that would be for any career.