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Readers Write- A Question on Oil Field Gate Guarding

Lately, I have been getting beau coup questions on the oilfield gate guarding gig

Reader Bill writes:

Here’s a question. Wife and I will be in Texas in a few weeks and we are looking into gate guarding.

What makes a good vs. a poor or indifferent gate guard? Doing one’s best is usually the surest way to enjoy your work, but I’d be interested in knowing what a company would be looking for in the excemplary employee.

I’d appreciate any thoughts on the matter.


“Hi Bill

Here ya go….
Nice, friendly personable demeanor even if it is 315am in the morning. Do your level best to remember people’s names and who they work for, it will get you a smile every time.

Acknowledge every person in/out with a wave and a smile

Nice,clean work location with a decent looking RV

Knowledge about the property and what is going on to help the clueless.

No whining/sniveling or undue neediness. Your supervisor will be covered up with babies that cannot deal with weather, surly truck drivers and equipment problems. Deal with all of what you can on your own. I tell our supervisor that if I EVER call, their next call better be to 911, it will be that serious.

Never slack off on your due diligence..sure as you do, the next person in the gate will be someone who is not allowed.

You have to be assertive at times to enforce the rules. Make sure you can do that verbally. You have no other options. Shy people would get eaten alive.

People coming in the gate like to see you WORKING because they are WORKING and then some. That does not mean setting at the dinette and waving them through the gate from air conditioned comfort.

Never walk up to a vehicle like you are give out and they are just adding to your burden. Likewise, don’t tell people how hard you are working.

Some people will want to talk and visit. Give ’em two minutes and then send them on their way. Business is business. The exception would be the company bosses or the landowner. If they wanna gab, you are duly bound to tough it out.

All your equipment needs to be good to go. Once you are on an assignment, you are expected to BE THERE until relieved or the assignment ends.

You will be asked to deal with a myriad of mechanical problems that are not your own. Leaking air lines and fuel lines, flat tires, etc etc. Truck drivers seem to be breaking down all the time. Make sure you have a roll of duct tape, some zip ties and even an air compressor if available.

If you have a pet, make sure they never interfere with the job or cause a safety problem.

A few tidbits–

Cell reception is spotty out here at best. Our wireless amp creates a cell phone hotspot that extends out about 20 ft in front of the Old Girl. Some guys caught on to that quickly and we see them pull forward or back up to get in ‘the zone’ to make a call. Others say they need to make a call and they do not have a signal. We are quick to tell them if you go just ‘right there’ by the RV you will get a signal.

We are an oasis of light at night. Many truck drivers will wait till they get within the lighted area to check their trucks or police up a dragging hose or open compartment. I never begrudge them that opportunity.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with additional questions.

Best regards,


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