Oilfield workers are a tough breed. Some may be a little bit rough around the edges. Some may have little formal education. Some may have advanced degrees. Some do very hard physical labor. Some have it easier. It really depends on what role you play and what profession you are in. The oil and gas industry is enormous, and you wouldn’t believe the number of jobs available in this industry.
The job of an oil truck driver is exactly what it sounds like-driving oil trucks. However, their job is not as easy as it may seem. Just like other types of truck drivers, an oil truck driver endures grueling hours on the road to ensure that their load is delivered to the destination safely and on time.
Aside from driving, an oil truck driver is also responsible for additional tasks like fueling the truck at designated stops, maintaining paperwork, and performing basic maintenance on the rig. Some oil truck drivers also operate oil tankers and forklift trucks, which require separate licensing.
To become a crude oil driver, you typically need prior experience as a commercial truck driver as well as industry certifications and licenses. Having a high school diploma is helpful, but usually not necessary. Employers require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and a clean driving record. In addition to a CDL, you may need special certifications with your license, such as hazmat and tanker transportation worker identification credentials, which permit you to operate trucks transporting crude oil. Important skills include excellent organization, driving ability, and attention to detail.
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