Eagle Ford is Drawing Truckers South of San Antonio

Truck drivers from all across the state and country are flocking to South Texas where there are hundreds of open Eagle Ford jobs. The economic boom creates a lot of opportunity for all professions.

One unintended consequence is many drivers are moving out of cities like San Antonio for higher wages in the oil field. With signing bonuses and higher rates for workers in the Eagle Ford, it is very difficult attract drivers in other areas.

“Before the Eagle Ford, but after the economic downturn, we still had plenty of qualified people looking for work,” Levy said. “But since the onset of activity in the Eagle Ford, we have had very few to no qualified (commercial driver’s license) drivers apply.”

A commercial driver’s license, or CDL, is a key requirement for many trucking jobs, both in San Antonio and in the shale.

The Levy Co. LP, which transports and installs highway construction signs and lights, requires a CDL for most jobs. The company needs workers who can drive to a job and then complete the work.

Workers capable of doing such a job “were never easy to get, but there were more people I could at least train, as long as they had the CDL,” Levy said.

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Kenneth E. DuBose

Kenneth E. DuBose

Kenneth DuBose is the past President of Cheyenne Minerals Inc., an independent oil and gas operator. He began his energy industry career with ARCO Oil & Gas. Mr. DuBose then directed development of natural gas storage projects with Tejas Power Corp. He was a founding member of U.S. Minerals, (acquired by Torch Energy in 1999) a provider of internet based education for America’s mineral owners. Mr. DuBose holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Mississippi State University. He has served on various industry steering committees, non-profit boards, and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the National Association of Royalty Owners, the American Association of Professional Landmen, as well as being a Registered Investment Advisor. He writes on topics of oil and gas investing, wealth management and personal finance, having appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Houston Business Journal, Financial Advisor and various radio and TV outlets.

Comments

  1. Brett Peeples says:

    I am actively recruiting owner operators for jobs in San Antonio as well as for projects down in the Eagle Ford Shale, and I can tell you there is much more interest in the oil field. The pay is significantly higher. Even the owner ops we bring in for belly dump and end dump work in the city end up wanting to run down south. So we either push them over to one of our accounts down south of SA or they jump to another hauler. This has been the trend over the past few months and will continue for some time unless local haul rates are increased. It’s the money they’re after more so than just being in the oil field. The roads are much rougher down there but the pay for most OO’s is worth it.

  2. Martin Ramos III says:

    I’ve been driving a vaccum truck for about 2 years, good experience and a quick learner. Currently have my CDL and Studying for my hazmat at the moment..

  3. Joseph P. Bottorff says:

    Truck Driver with CDL-A

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