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Oil and Gas Transportation Operator Spotlight
Oil and Gas Transportation Operators drive a variety of trucks, wide loads and heavy haulers to transport oil and gas equipment. But their role doesn’t end once they reach their destinations; they also use their mechanical skills to operate that equipment.
What a typical day looks like:
Of all the transportation jobs, being an Oil and Gas Transportation Operator requires the most physical and mental work. Physically, they load and unload monster-sized equipment. Mentally, they’re constantly monitoring their environment and making sure their vehicle can clear a bridge or navigate safely between a road’s guardrails.
Once an Oil and Gas Transportation Operator arrives with their cargo, they may need to install or service the specialized equipment they delivered. For example, on a hydraulic fracturing project, an Oil and Gas Transportation Operator might transport sand, ensure it makes it to the right storage vessel on location and they may even assist in the fracking process.
And after years in the field, an Oil and Gas Transportation Operator’s job might also include guiding and directing subordinates while teaching less experienced Oil and Gas Transportation Operators how to skillfully complete a job.
The kinds of problems Oil and Gas Transportation Operators solve at work:
Oil and Gas Transportation Operators have to be aware of all the logistics required for delivering a load, from narrow roads to environmental hazards. They collaborate with supervisors, dispatchers and other team members to solve logistical problems. For example, an Oil and Gas Transportation Operator may travel with a senior driver who has experience with specific terrain.
Skills used most on the job:
Oil and Gas Transportation Operators have to be driven: mentally, physically and mechanically. They are mechanically inclined and need to be able to inspect and operate the equipment they transport. And then it’s back on the road to do it all over again.
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