Being a vacuum truck driver is not an easy job, especially when it is in the oil and gas industry; it involves the transportation of various types of equipment and supplies to and from job sites. It could include the conveyance of oversized, highly flammable, or explosive cargo over long distances requiring safe and efficient operation. When choosing a new career path and searching for a meaningful job in today's economy, deciding to become a vacuum truck driver in the oil fields could give provide many fulfilling opportunities.
While it is vital to have a good income and be well-compensated; the most important step to a meaningful, fulfilling and rewarding career is to be passionate about the work being done every day.
The most basic step when choosing a career is to keep in mind the factors that are motivating and inspiring. Current job seekers are trying to find a particular niche in the job market that both pays well and offers job security. There are many career opportunities available and it is just a matter of finding such favorable circumstances The search for a fulfilling career should be based on a job that is: interesting; exciting; stirs up personal compassion; evokes the imagination; and provides real satisfaction. One career path that can spark one's interest and be exciting is entering the field of vacuum truck driving for an oil or gas company.
Once a decision has made, it is time to take a moment to think about the skills that are required for this type of job and if such skills will have to be acquired. Don't be overly concerned if certain specific skills will need to be learned for this type of work, as a good training program can fulfill most of what will be needed. During training, prospective applicants have the opportunity to decide if this is a job that can truly provide fulfillment and satisfaction.
Generally, applicants must know how to safely load, convey and properly dispose of waste products or brine water that are produced in the oil industry. This waste is not allowed to be released into rivers or other bodies of water because of its salt content that is very toxic to living organisms. This hazardous liquid must be transported by skillful vacuum truck drivers to proper treatment facilities.
To qualify for this position, prospective applicants must have a background in math and science. Such knowledge would include: how to compute the volume of basic sediments in water or impurities contained in crude oil; safety training associated with material handling; a clear driving record; no criminal cases or traffic violations such as speeding, reckless driving or DUI/DWI convictions; and a Class-A Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
There are many careers available that are right around the corner. Finding one is simply a matter of research, having a positive approach towards safety, acknowledging strengths, and having the will and positive attitude to discover and learn a new set of skills. Having driving experience can be the start of a new career and a better future. In fact, an oilfield vacuum truck driver could be an occupation that is not only very interesting, but one that also provides personal meaning and fulfillment as well as providing an opportunity for personal growth!