Have you ever dreamed of being behind the wheel of a heavy-duty
industrial truck, moving specialized equipment and products from
site to site? Your dream could come true if you choose a career as
an Oil and Gas Transportation Services Operator.
Transportation Services Operators maneuver large trucks and
their oversized loads, and also operate the specialized equipment
they carry. Picture yourself rumbling down country roads, hauling
equipment to and from the field. Perhaps you see yourself
assembling, dismantling and transporting service rigs from one well
Do you want a challenging work environment where every day is
different? Do you think it might be fun to operate big, rugged
equipment? Can you work as part of a team on a fast-paced job site?
If so, read on and learn more about this interesting and
What do Oil and Gas Transportation Services Operators do?
Oil and Gas Transportation Services Operators
transport equipment, liquid and gas products, and other supplies
used in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas.
They operate specialized vehicles fitted with auxiliary equipment
designed to perform various tasks. Typical jobs in this occupation
include the following:
- Bed Truck Operators:
Operate trucks designed with a flat deck, winch and pulleys that
move rig buildings, derricks, matting and other oilfield equipment.
They operate crawler-tractors equipped with large front blades to
move obstacles and back rippers to tear up terrain. They also clear
and level dirt, sand, rock and gravel on construction and mining
- Bulk Haul Truck
Operators: Operate trucks with a vessel or tank used to
transport liquid, natural gas products, dry bulk commodities (e.g.,
cement) and other supplies.
- Multi-Wheel Truck
Operators: Operate multi-wheel trucks consisting of a
truck and trailer. They are used primarily for over-weight loads or
loads requiring permits.
- Winch Tractor
Operators: Operate a winch tractor which is a heavy-duty
truck outfitted with a winch. Winches are used to load and unload
rig loads onto trailers without the use of cranes. They are also
used to transport loads requiring permits.
- Swampers: Assist
Truck Operators in conducting pre-trip and post-trip inspections,
loading and unloading trucks, dismantling and assembling drilling
and service rigs, pump jacks and flare stacks. Swampers do not
drive the trucks.
How do I become an Oil and GasTransportation Services
A high school diploma is preferred by most employers. You should
have clean drug and alcohol test results. Employers also seek
people in good physical condition with strong work ethics and
willingness to learn. Once hired, the employer will provide you
with safety and on the job training.
Truck Operators must hold the appropriate operator's licenses as
required under the respective Traffic Safety Act of each
province and territory.
What are the working conditions like?
Oilfield transportation operations are conducted 24 hours a day,
365 days a year, in all weather and road conditions. Transportation
Services Operators may be required to work irregular work shifts
with varying hours up to 15 hours per day and 7 days per week with
a maximum driving time of 13 hours per day. They may be called to
work with little or no notice. They may be required to work alone
in darkness and in remote areas; however, safety protocols are
strictly adhered to.
Some operations are near towns or cities and others are quite
isolated. Travel and overnight stays in hotels, motels and possibly
camps maybe required. There may be some exposure to potentially
hazardous materials and equipment. Safety procedures and policies
are strictly enforced for your protection.
Do I fit the bill?
Do you think you have what it takes to become an Oil and
Gas Transportation Services Operator?
- I like to drive large
- I have mechanical
- I take a methodical approach to my
work, and am good at trouble-shooting problems.
- I have the ability to concentrate in
a fast-paced work environment.
- I can stay alert while I perform
- I am in excellent physical
- I have good hand-eye and hand-foot
- I have good hearing and
- I have good communication
- I can follow directions.
- I enjoy working outdoors.
- I can work alone and with
- I can work a variety of shifts and
- Safety is important to me and I'm
committed to following and adhering to all safety
- I think a career as an Oil and Gas
Transportation Services Operator sounds exciting and I'm up for the
challenge and adventure!
Quick tips and next steps!
- Attend industry career fairs and
speak to transportation services employers. Check with employment
centres, educational institutions, newspapers, petroleum-related
magazines and the internet for information on industry career
- Check out the website www.truckingcareers.ca for
information and links to trucking career resources, publications
- Visit the Canadian Trucking Human
Resources Council website, www.cthrc.com, for information on
national standards for professional drivers, dispatchers and other
- Check out the Canadian Oilfield
Service & Supply Directory, transportation category, at www.cossd.com.