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Working in Timeline logistic, Saskatoon, SK

Old Mar 24th 2013, 5:05 am
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That is true

just try to contact them...
try to email them and tell them the true
or ring them....it will be even better I think
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Old May 29th 2013, 11:58 pm
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Thank you for this post, Milanuk. This is the kind we newbies would like to read in here. Think i read in another post that you live in the tractor, and would like to have 3 weeks off every 3.month...
This is interesting to me aswell... I am 49 years old, alone atm, so i wouldn't mind to live like you do.. Have 20 years experience of truckdriving in Norway/Sweden,(on and off) so i was thinking; Is it possible to work let's say for 9 months, and then 3 months off? Then back to 9 months again..
Just a thought tho..i am in a research period now, about moving to Canada, and i like the pipeline driving you do
Another question; In that extrem cold, isnt everything freezing? Brakes on trailer ect? Is your heater enough to keep it warm for you in there? And that tarp must be stiff like iron lol

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Old Jun 7th 2013, 10:30 pm
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Hi Terry,
as far as I know it shouldnt be a problem. No driver works on this basis at the moment in Timeline but I believe it would be possible to do 9 on 3 off.

I would like to do it in future like that but now I think the Permanent residency is more important for me and once I get it I will have more choices.
Actually my friend told me that we have one driver who works only from spring to winter and he spends all winter time down in Mexico on beach :-) He should be coming back now becouse the snow is gone :-)

I was working about 6 months since I arrived and I just came back from my first holiday. I spent two weeks in Canadian rockies and it was amazing. I know that there is usually no problem to get holiday anytime we need. I remember one mexican guy who is here about 6 months as well and he had 6 weeks holiday already.

Now the winter. Yes, winter is a challenge for us here but nothing that we couldnt manage. Roads are icy and nobody was gritting them. Only crossroads and bends. ¨But roads are wide and straight here so it is no problem.

frozen breaks...that is the issue :-) Only joking :-) On american trucks you can use tractor and trailer breaks seperatly when parking. So we always use only tractor breaks, they never freeze.
If you need to drop trailer for any reason...it is always better to wait about 10 minutes then move forward and backward and then drop it....it usually helps and the breaks dont freeze.
If they freeze you need to hammer them. It happend to me about twice during all 6 months winter and it usually took me about 5 minutes to release them again.

Tarps are frozen solid during the winter and we had to use them mainly on pipes going from Edmonton to Texas. I was affraid about this but in Timeline we usually load more than 2 trucks on the same place so there is always somebody to help you. If you dont feel you can do it, just call dispatcher and he will find solution. Nobody is pushing us to do something that we couldnt manage.
There are of course some tricks....like puting tarps in tool box on the trailer to keep them away from the freez.

You said you are 49....so my advice is contact some companies asap becouse some will not employ you once you reach 50....
It happend to my friend last year. He was 50 and one month old and HR in Calgary didnt want to talk to him....

I dont know all companies who do pipe job....but I know only Timeline in Saskatoon, Triline in Alberta...I think they are in Calgary....and Watt and Stuart in Alberta....they all know how to use LMO etc....There is definatelly more companies doing pipeline but these will know how to bring you over etc....
as I told you...once you get PR you will have more freedom...but you need to give it a bit time.....
I am new to this job...I have never done pipes before...I did taltliners and fridges back in UK...but I decided to try something new and now I do pipes...and I like it....

I wish you good luck and if I you have any more question I hope I can help you....

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Thanks for the answer, Milanuk. Yes i am thinking about this...alot. Weird that they wont have people older than 50, tho... should still have 12-15 years left in me on the road. Do you know when they're gonna start hauling the Uranium?
They thought they had to get around 50 rigs to get it done. They have 25 now, so then they will need 25 drivers hehehe.
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Stay in Norway, Wha Koo. It's like the ark out here compared to Norway
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Old Jun 14th 2013, 11:49 pm
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Hi Terry,

I still dont know when we start hauling uranium but they are hardly working on it. As far as I know we should haul it soon. But, we...foreign drivers here...will not haul it until we get Permanent residency and it will take some time. We have about 5 US drivers who can do the job and just 2 or 3 canadians :-) The rest is brits and mexicans :-)
As I know I can probably only haul Uranium in Canada and mustnt cross border to US with it.
But so far no uranium on our trailers :-)

Yes, they want to have 50 trucks but...they found a better way...we have 25 trucks and just a few months ago they advertised for own operators and we already have 7 of them....as I spoke to them Timeline made a good offer for them and they are happy so far....
We all think about buying own trucks later once we get PR...but I am not a dreamer and I know that it is not that easy....but just to tell you...these drivers with own trucks make triple money than me...
And if their truck keeps running with no break downs...they can save most of the money...

A few ex-timeline drivers bought their trucks already....one stayed in Timeline and 2 work for a different company in Calgary...I think they are with Triline....

I also forgot to write you about the night heaters...that you have asked before...
The night heaters in our trucks work well....but we have got a rule that when the temperature drops below -15 C we keep the truck idling all night...becouse we dont want to have flat batteries in the morning :-)
A lot of truck drivers in US and CAnada idle their trucks even when it is not needed...it is sometimes anoying when you park at truck stop and somebody idle his truck all night but I use to pull a fridge so I dont mind :-)

I will never tell anybody to not come over here becouse I think everybody can try it....keep your back door opened just in case if you dont like it here....but we all know one thing....the job is here....

when you do this job for a while...you will meet some other drivers and maybe even owners of other trucking companies.....I met a guy who offered me job in Edmonton for better money and being home every day....
my friend got a job offer in Fort MacMurray for much much better money than he has here......but we can not do anything until we get PR....
but good for us that there are some other oportunities....I didnt have this feeling back in UK....

And one more think....since I work in Timeline....6 or 7 british drivers left back to UK....and 3 of them are back in Timeline again.....two of them who left in January arrived back last week....they are from Southampton area....I asked them why they came back and they said there was not enaugh job....
I wasnt happy to hear it...

So some drivers like it here....some not....some leave and come back again....that is the situation over here now...

Have a good day

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Old Jun 15th 2013, 12:21 am
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You put up some useful info Milan. Must say you are dead right about the opportunity over here.
I work for Watt & Stewart in Claresholm, who I am finding a good company to work for. Wages about the same as you quote for Timeline. I think we do more oversize than you guys.
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Hi....Yes I meet a Watt and Stuart trucks very often on the road.
I have read some posts about your company before and I believe you are fine in there.

Yes, you definatelly do more over size :-)
But I dont really mind...I pull load anything they tell me :-)
I have never done flat deck before and this is my first experience....I didnt pull over size yet....but sometimes my collegues do...
Nobody cares what anybody pulls....we just need our miles and we get it :-)

I believe we have similar wages...

Could you just tell me if you have PR already? Somebody told me that Saskatchewan is the best place to get PR but I dont know if I can trust it...
You work in Alberta so you might know something about the PR over there...
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Old Jun 15th 2013, 8:41 am
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I do not have PR. Alberta seems to be a minefield for PR, a driver at W&S recently got his nomination in 8 days from applying. Though had already done 18 months with the company.
Others really struggle. 2-3 years is not uncommon for the whole process. In Alberta you cannot change employers once nominated, if you do it's back to square one. You must be able to prove a high school education, otherwise you may be asked to take the GED exam. Decisions made concerning this requirement seem to vary a lot. You will have to do the IELTS language test as well.
A friend got his PR in Saskatchewan, he said it was all straight forward. Alberta does seem to be a bloody pain in the ass over PR, but the province does have a huge number of workers on TWPs. As pretty much all employers want a minimum of 6 months service before they'll sign your PR forms, no matter where you go, I'd think long & hard before you leave your present employer.

If PR is your goal, Saskatchewan should be a whole lot easier than Alberta.
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I would like to get PR to have a free hands. Once I get it I can do anything and anywhere.
I am in Timeline about 7 months now and last weekend I did the english test. In SK you can do IELT like you said or CELPIP...it is canadian english test...I did CELPIP, it is much easier to book...everything done and paid online. No hassle. And it was even cheaper and there is a shorter waiting time to get on.

My boss is very helpfull and print out all the applications that I have to fill up and even helped me to fill it out.
I think Timeline wants us to have PR to be allowed to pull the uranium. Even Mexicans will apply as well....that is why they are here....they use to work in USA and they told me it is impossible to get any papers in there so they are in Canada now becouse it is easier to get PR....

Somebody told me that Timeline even pay for our PR....I mean the application fee etc....but I didnt ask for that becouse I think everybody can afford it and I dont want to listen in the future that they did this and this for me and I am supose to stay etc...

I know that all of us would like to have PR one day....as I said some of us would like to buy own truck and it is impossible without PR....and I know that one or two drivers would like to move to different province.
And some drivers would like to bring over their families and they need a PR becouse their wife will be allowed to find a job here....

We all dont know what will happened but we keep fighting :-)

I am single with no children so my application should be done faster...I dont know....I am going to apply soon and I will write updates here about that as soon as I know more...
I might even stay in Timeline once I get PR....I like working for them...it seems to me that we can get as much holidays as we want....and it works for me....
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Quick point on the wives & the big deciding factor in choosing Alberta for us, is that your spouse gets an open TWP in Alberta as soon as you arrive.
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Yes, that is a good reason. Some of my friends told me about that.
It makes your start easier !

We have one driver whoes wife is here with him and has to wait until he gets PR to get TWP...
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Originally Posted by alandoug View Post
Stay in Norway, Wha Koo. It's like the ark out here compared to Norway
hehehe have you ever tried the mountain climbing on Norwegian roads?
It is well known all over Europe that this is hard...hard winters on very, very bad roads...so anything should be better than that

Thanks again Milan for your reply. Hope you come to this site every now and then to update us on your life over there. If you want, i will give you my email on a PM , if there something more i will ask you in the future

Rock on, guys
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I will keep coming back
I try to be helpful. I just write the facts and what happens to me and my mates.

Maybe I write here one day that I hate it here and go back to UK :-)

If you wish, write me your email into PM.
But I will always try to update things about my life on this website.

I have never been to Norway but my friends have and I know it must be hard over there.
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In Saskatchewan wives/partners can work after six months .
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