Pipeliners should have at least a high school diploma and valid driver’s license, and this is a manual-labor position. They typically must reside within 30 miles of their designated pipeline and must also pass physical and HPS written tests, which are non-negotiable.
Pipeliners typically work under the supervision of an area supervisor and/or area manager. They must abide by the guidelines set forth by the area supervisor as well as the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency, and they are required to learn their company’s standard operating procedure and operating maintenance manuals.
A pipeliner's work can vary by day, though they are required to complete all assignments assigned by supervisors in a timely and effective manner. Their hours and shifts can also vary, and they may be required to work any shift or day of the week depending on the employer and their own flexibility. This position may require weekend and holiday work, as well. Pipeliners may work in extreme weather conditions, such as heat, cold, snow, and rain, and should also be physically fit in order to lift heavy objects.
Inspect and maintain pipelines, taking action to maintain safety.
Perform and support environmental clean up.
Support other teams.
Perform fire watch and safety tasks.
Respond to problems and malfunctions, improving safety.