Sapulpa, OK (PRWEB) December 04, 2012
In addition to the truck driver demand affecting the nation overall, Oklahoma’s recent growth in both the oil and natural gas industries has created even more demand for truck drivers all over the state. Dan Case, executive director of the Oklahoma Trucking Association stresses just how overwhelmed today’s trucking industry really is. “I know one oilfield company who is looking for over 500 drivers right now”, he says. While companies such as John Christner Trucking offers many incentives such as bonuses, lease purchase programs, rider share programs and lucrative team driving opportunities, their immediacy to fill these positions requires applicants to be qualified, experienced drivers as well.
The shrinking pool of qualified drivers has become a major part of the problem. While TruckingUnlimited.com provides the online solution of advertising available job positions to an unlimited net of applicants, the Oklahoma trucking industry is providing the other online solution to ensuring more applicants are qualified. Oklahoma’s CareerTech system has partnered with Central Technology Center to offer advanced satellite training across the state. This program initiative not only reaches new drivers all over Oklahoma, it specifies training in areas where drivers are most in demand and the type of training most needed. Truck driver schools all over the state have been also been appealing to new drivers with encouraging facts such as people graduating from short 23 day training programs with a 98 percent job placement rate. Not only are there truck driving positions starting at $40, 000 per year, the earning potential has skyrocketed to between $50,000 and 90, 000 with Oklahoma’s booming oil and gas industries.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. is one such company with headquarters in Oklahoma City and becoming especially significant to the trucking industry. In addition to being the second-largest producer of natural gas in the entire US, it has recently revealed a solution for all trucking companies and owner/operators to save up to 30 percent on fuel costs. Diesel natural gas (DNG) conversion kits allow heavy-duty trucks to run on a mixture of diesel and 70 percent cleaner, more affordable natural gas.
John Christner Trucking adds to this by placing a great deal of importance on constantly improving maximum efficiency for their own vehicles in areas such as its partnership with Smartway, lighter equipment, APU/energy efficiency, carbon footprint and Aerodynamic equipment. Not only does this benefit the owner/operator affiliated company vehicles, overall efficiency is much more lucrative for their company drivers as well.