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A More Promising Opportunity (was Re: Changing Jobs)


Well, wine transport wasn't my cup of tea (or glass of wine as it were), but now I have a new opportunity I'm giving a shot.

I took a job with a petroleum transport company delivering diesel fuel in bobtail tank trucks. This is a swing shift job which entails delivering diesel fuel to customer's truck fleets in their parking lots at night. We are in essence, a mobile fuel station on wheels-- bringing the fuel to them, so they don't have to go to it, or maintain their own fuel facility on their property.

Bobtail tanks are not the big double-trailer gasoline tankers you may be thinking of. These are the small, straight truck tankers like the ones that deliver home heating oil to parts of the northeast U.S. They hold about 2000-2800 gallons depending on the truck. My license allows me to drive this size and I've had the hazardous materials and tank endorsements attached to my license since 2002, but just never had occasion to use them until now.

The process moved fairly quickly once the ball got rolling. My wife saw the job ad on the internet the end of February and alerted me. I applied online and typed up an online resume around March 1st, and got a call back on March 3rd-- asking me to fax them my driving record.
March 6th, the owners called me to set up an interview.
March 7th, I had the interview and a pre-employment drive test.
March 9th, I did my pre-employment drug test, and on Monday, March 13th, I was informed that I had tested "clean", and they started my training.

This past week was my first of about three weeks of training that I will have. My training so far, has consisted of learning the stops, dispensing the fuel from my tank, as well as how to reload my tank at the oil refineries.

Loading a tank truck at a refinery is no small, laughing matter. Politically, it's taken seriously because of terrorism threats, 9/11, "Patriot Act", Osama Bin Ladden, etc, etc,...., and safetywise, there's lots of things that can go real wrong in a real hurry if you don't do it right. Valves, pipes, emergency procedures, white foam that falls from the ceiling if there's a [sign in to see URL], etc.

Therefore, I have to be security clearanced, background checked, trained and certified at every refinery I drive into before I'm allowed to go there all by myself. All this takes time, and constitutes the majority of the training time. It's not that it's rocket-science, so much as it's "political". So, I'm just taking it one day at a time, and am rather enjoying the change of pace as compared to all the jobs I've had prior.

Though fueling trucks at night in all kinds of mud, pouring rain, etc. might not seem like something to get excited about, there are incentives that I actually find more attractive than working indoors on a dayshift.

I have many things to think about while out there which keeps me from getting bored, I'm lined up to make more money than I've ever made before, and sometimes working nights is much better than days. One, no traffic on the roads at midnight, and two, when I pull into an empty truck yard, no suits and ties to watch over me and give me grief. I do my job, I go home, and then sleep in until 10am the following day. I love swing [sign in to see URL] always have. Gives me time to enjoy the solitude of the night without having buttheads around to give me a hard time.

Anyone who has ever worked shift work knows that 9am to 5pm is the "middle management butthead dangerzone". Also known as the "MMBD". After, 5pm that corporate pressure automatically dissipates like someone just opened a purge valve and let all the assholes out of your workplace. After that, you got the place all to yourself, and you can just relax and do your job.

So the bottom line is this:

Cross your fingers and think good thoughts, but I think I'm going to like this job a lot more than any of the jobs I've had in the past 5 years.

Below are a few pics I took of the trucks at the yard just so you can see what they look like. As you can see, I'm pretty enthusiastic about all this, which is actually more important than the mere details of what I'm doing.

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Sideview, shows good perspective on size of truck. (Gray box in the back is not part of the [sign in to see URL]'s a storage trailer that the truck was parked to the side of).

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Offset left-front corner view

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In the rear is the reel of hose where we unload fuel from our tank while on the job

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Looking at the front. See the hazmat placard on the front grille? Now you know what that insignia in my signature line means

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This tank is divided into 3 separate tanks, each with their own inflow pipe

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Myself infront of our fleet

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Best o' luck with it John

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Sounds great. I hope it works out for you this time.

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The best of luck to you John... cool rig btw.

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