Pipeline Technician

Pipeline technicians have to know about all aspects of delivering oil and natural gas through underground pipeline networks.

The responsibilities of a pipeline technician include:

  • Locating pipelines using surface detection and leak detection devices
  • Overseeing maintenance
  • Gauging pressures
  • Checking safety relief valves
  • Monitoring the pipeline network surface operations for safety and evironmental issues such as leaks, spills, and erosion and sedimentation problems

In the natural gas industry, pipeline technicians are also responsible for:

  • Operating natural gas compression stations and equipment
  • Monitoring metering equipment and natural gas drying facilities

Course Topics:

  1. Corrosion Control Procedures
  2. Gas Compression and Liquid Pump Station Operations and Maintenance
  3. Pressure and Flow Control
  4. Pipeline, Facilities, Station Construction and Inspection
  5. Gas and Liquid Measurement

Plus the following Natural Gas and Oil Technology Core topics:

  1. Introduction to The Natural Gas & Oil Industry
  2. Safety (Industrial, Hazard, Gas/Oil Operations)
  3. Introduction to Maintenance & Troubleshooting
  4. Introduction to Circuit Analysis And Basic Electrical Measurements
  5. Basic Emergency Response Procedures
  6. Environmental Protection Methods And Devices for the Natural Gas Industry
  7. Communication, Teamwork and Conflict Resolution in Industry
  8. Introduction to Field Instrumentation and SCADA

Realistic Job Preview



  • Work alone in remote areas outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • May require a lot of walking


  • Monday - Friday
  • 10 hours a day
  • Some overtime and weekends
  • Occasionally on call for holidays

Industry Sector(s)

  • Midstream

Keys for Success

  • Love the outdoors
  • Physically fit
  • Enjoy working alone
  • Self-motivated
  • "Jack-of-all-trades" type person
  • Detail-oriented
  • Computer literate


  • Certificate Program

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