One entry-level job found with most pipeline operations is called Pipeliner.
Pipeliners generally perform maintenance on and repair: pipelines, pumping stations that are located every 20 to 100 miles along the pipeline, and oil tank farms.
They perform a combination of duties as a member of a large group of employees:
- Removal of rust and other undesirable substances from gauges, meters and valves using sand blasting equipment.
- Pouring or painting anti-corrosion material over pipe.
- Wrapping pipe with material designed to prevent corrosion and leakage.
- Drives and operates a variety of heavy equipment like backhoes, bulldozers, and side booms ditch digging,
- Laying pipe.
- Backfilling ditches.
- Positions materials, pipes, fittings, and pumping equipment for carpenters, mechanics, and welders.
- Installation of screw-pipe and manifold connections, using wrenches and pipe tongs.
- Cleaning of storage tanks.
- Dismantling of and restoration of fences, gates, and water lines, that inhibit pipeline work, using heavy equipment and manual tools.
- Clearing of trees and brush with manual tools and heavy equipment.
- Ditch digging and other manual labor tasks.
Sometimes, the employer may also use Pipeliners to walk the pipeline in order to find leaks or operate pumping equipment.
To do a pipeliner job you need to be physically fit, conscientious, able to work in teams, and handle long hours. Pay ranges from $12.00 to $18.00 per hour but varies with experience and scope of abilities.