Yes I can drive a rock truck!
The reaction I get from people when I say that I operated a rock truck (or haul truck) all last summer is absolutely priceless!
So…yeah I tend to mention it quite a bit cause it makes me grin like a little girl every time. This was an experience and summer I will never forget! I absolutely loved driving a 100 tonne rock truck, I couldn’t lie and say that it didn’t make me feel the slightest bit powerful.
How did I get into this position? Well I have been working for a construction company since the summer of grade 10.
In grade 11 I took a course called Heavy Metal Rocks that our local high school offers; which gives you experience on 26 different pieces of equipment. In the summer of Grade 11, I worked in Alberta and drove a Wiggle Wagon (a baby articulating rock truck) which I was super proud of!
Took me quite a while to get that down but I did it! Oh and I forgot to mention…while I was running the 740 I also was still running the office at the same time…talk about multitasking 😉
Then in the summer after graduation I finally got to drive a real rock truck!
Some people would be terrified by this, and I don’t blame you, I was too but I truly just found it fun! I only have about 200 hours on a 773, which is not a lot by any means, and one day I would love to drive a 930. Don’t know what I am talking about? Well a 773 rock truck is the one in the photo at the top and a 930 is like driving a house down the road.
Find the fun in every experience
Was it ‘scary’?
Umm yeah driving a machine that has tires taller than you, that you literally get a workout climbing up to the drivers seat because you’re so short and is also, weighs 100 tonnes loaded and may I add older than me! Yep it wasn’t all flowers and butterflies (well maybe there are a few butterflies when your driving down a road that is as steep as the stairs in your house)
It really is what you make it!
You could let that fear stop you from stepping out of your comfort zone, or you could say hey this is kind of fun and wave at all the other truck drivers that pass by you just to make them laugh at you enjoying yourself so much…yeaaaaaa that was me alright!
Seriously though I got stuck a number of times…now that makes you scream…when the front tire is about 4 feet off the ground, it sure gives you an adrenaline rush. I also learnt that I suck at using my mirrors. Like reaaaallly badly. But hey practice is the only way I can get better…just wish my car had much larger mirrors. Another thing…do not ever upset an excavator operator that is loading you. You’ll know if you ever do!
ANNNNNNNND remember to make every situation FUN!