There are stories from Williston, North Dakota oil workers that are as hard to believe as they are entirely true.I heard of one man who stood up in McDonald’s one morning, hollered to whoever would listen, that “Today is the day I’m finding a job.”
Within minutes he had the number of a guy looking for construction workers and was told to be back at McDonald’s the following morning at 7:00 a.m. to start work.
Starting salaries for drivers, rig workers, and many other positions start at $120,000, but that can be up to 100 hours a week. One guy who worked wire line said he expected to make $300,000 this year. He’d made $30,000 over 10 days last month alone.
Hard to believe, but when a cement truck driver shows up to grab a load and the line is a mile long, he sits there, waiting, dozing, whatever, until he grabs the load and gets to a site.
A greater selection of Five Hour Energy drinks than you ever imagined are piled up by every cash register in town.
I talked to some oil executives and their wives at a church potluck, and they told me the background checks are what slow down the hiring process the most.
Expect four days to two weeks for a full police, FBI, drug, and independent screen. Felonies, they said, are not a bar to employment, but applicants need to be upfront and have a reasonable story to explain the infraction.
DUIs are a killer. Nobody wants the liability, and as it is, commercial truck accidents seem to be the greatest threat in town.
Talking to a couple of locals ice fishing, they said they heard four emergency crews tearing across the road to accidents in one Saturday afternoon alone.
And there is an odd rivalry between the water truck drivers and the sand drivers. Strange but true; they try to beat each other out at intersections and one sand driver recently mowed down a water truck driver while he was dumping his load.
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