Job Title: Senior Bed Truck Operator
Company: DC Energy Services
Location: Crossfield, AB
Base Salary Range: $20 - $35 per hour depending
on seniority. Many companies may also offer additional compensation
in the form of an annual bonus.
Education: Grade 12 preferred. Class One
license with training from an accredited driving school
Advancement: Dispatcher, Field Supervisor,
Salary, education and advancement may vary from company to
What that means is that I drive a flatbed truck equipped with a
winch for loading and unloading oilfield equipment. I can haul just
about anything that is used in the oil patch, from drilling and
service rigs to tanks and testing equipment. If it's skid mounted,
I can haul it.
When I graduated from high school, I drove truck for a courier
company and then a bottled water company making customer
deliveries. I didn't know anything about the oil patch, but I had
heard it was a good place to work. I took a series of safety
related courses at the Petroleum Industry Training centre in Leduc
that are required if you want to work in the petroleum industry.
There I got all the training and certification I needed, and
started as a swamper-the guy who helps the driver-with a trucking
company in northern Alberta. I realized pretty quickly that I would
get paid more if I drove, so I got my Class One licence and started
driving truck seven years ago.
I have kept at it because I like the sense of freedom it gives
me. At DC we work as a team with other employees and customers to
There's a lot more to my job than driving; in fact, driving is
only about 50% of what I do. The rest of my time is spent loading
and unloading equipment and "spotting" or positioning equipment at
the rig site. I couldn't handle just driving over the highway all
day. It would be boring to me. This job is always different, always
If somebody asked me what they need to be good at this job, I'd
say a passion for trucks is a great thing. I would also tell them
they had to be willing to work long hours, because when it's busy,
I can work 60 to 70 hours a week. But the money is good, and the
harder you work, the more you can make."