Pipeline supervisors are responsible for managing and coordinating the installation of natural gas or oil pipelines. They often oversee several installation employees at once, as well as a team of cross-functional industry technicians, and must be able to efficiently manage any and all aspects of the pipeline while ensuring that all employees are working toward the same outcome in a time-efficient manner. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to successfully communicate with employees and upper management are also important in this position.
Pipeline supervisors should have strong customer service skills and the ability to communicate outside the organization in a professional manner, such as with state, county, and city officials to ensure that all local, state, and federal regulations are met and all land titles have been addressed and finalized prior to a pipeline's installation.
These supervisors must be able to read and understand blueprints, land surveyor reports, and other design and layout documents, and should have a basic understanding of relevant industry software and applications. A bachelor's degree in a technical field, valid driver’s license, and working knowledge of oil and/or natural gas are necessary for this position, and pipeline supervisors should also maintain a professional yet courteous demeanor at all times.
Pipeline Supervisor Tasks
Oversee safety and regulation programs and handle hazards and other problems.
Track data, review reports, adjust budget and communicate strategies.
Track project progress and update documentation.
Interview, hire, train, supervise and support staff.
Create and maintain relationships with customers and others.