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Winch Truck Operator Qualifications

Once you’ve acquired a great winch truck with Tiger General, you need to make sure you have an equally good winch truck operator. You can’t trust quality equipment to unqualified employees. So what should you be looking for when you’re hiring an operator?

Looking for Loyalty

You’re not just looking for someone who needs a job. You want someone who is looking for a career in gas and oil. You plan to grow your profit and your company, so your people should be invested in the success of your operation. Of course, you must do your part to provide a solid place of employment to keep that loyalty. So when hiring, look for driven candidates, those who express interest in growing with you.

Winch Truck Operator Skills and Education

There’s no specific degree you’re looking for with a winch operator. You want a CDL-licensed driver. While engineering degrees could be helpful, specialized skills and the ability to learn them are more important. Someone who’s worked in an apprenticeship program can be a real bonus. 

One of the most important skills is hand-eye coordination. Potential team members need to have good focus and control in hoisting and moving large loads. That’s why good vision, quick reflexes and high dexterity are valuable.

Someone with a good base of mechanical knowledge, as well as math, is also helpful. Your operators have other jobs they need to work on in a day, and you want to know they can handle those demands with such skills.

Of course, ask any employer which skills are more prized regardless of the field, and they’ll mention soft skills. Good communication skills are essential, and that definitely extends to oil and gas positions. With operators on the oilfield, you need to know that you can rely on their good judgement, because you won’t be there to make decisions or alter course.

Flexibility and Adaptability

The gas and oil industry is always changing, so anyone you hire to operate your machinery needs to keep up with that. They will be exposed to the elements in both hot and cold weather, have long hours and contend with changing schedules. You want to discuss all this with potential employees, letting them know what they are getting into so you know they’ll be able to keep up. 

Hire the Best, Drive the Best

Tiger General winch trucks are the finest out there. And we’ve got the field experience to prove it. We’re not a fly-by-night truck company, we’ve been building quality rigs since 1925. Our trucks are designed to fit YOUR demanding specifications. Our equipment exists to do the job for you, not the other way around. If you have great trucks and employees, your company could be unstoppable. That’s why it’s important to have both a truck company and a winch truck operator you can trust. Fill out the Tiger General Truck Inquiry Form today to get started on bringing your next piece of equipment to where it’s needed most.