A face from the ‘new frontier’

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 09:38 AM.

“I thought this is so boring, working in an office five days a week,” Maddox said while brandishing a copy of People magazine in which she is pictured and quoted as one of the “faces of the new frontier.” “I just wanted to do something else with my life.”

The mother of her boyfriend suggested pipeline work, specifically becoming a welder’s helper.

The training wasn’t much – 80 hours to prove one has the jib for the work – and the pay was substantial, or as Maddox said, “high-scale.”

For example, in North Dakota, Maddox earned over $22 an hour, a $100 a day stipend, full benefits and the company she worked for supplied living accommodations and food.

In other words, all that money went to the bank while the company provided for her living expenses.

Maddox is now a proud member of Pipeline Local 798 out of Tulsa, OK.

“I like the outdoors, fishing and gardening,” Maddox said. “I like to be outdoors. Some people are not cut out for pipelining but I found I really enjoyed it.”

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