Like most jobs in the oil and gas industry, the demand for entry-level pipeliners or pipeline technicians is expected to increase significantly in the next several years. This is due to the reactivation and construction of domestic oil and gas exploration sites that will be extracting their products using fracturing and horizontal drilling. Becoming a pipeliner or pipeline technician is a great way to start out in the industry and learn the basics.
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A pipeliner’s main responsibility is to maintain the underground pipes that transport the oil and gas produced by the company. Typically, these pipelines are buried beneath the ground and many things can happen to cause damage, corrosion, or leaks. Since natural gas and oil are considered hazardous substances, there are strict environmental regulations that companies must follow to keep workers and consumers safe. Pipeliners or technicians perform routine checks on all pipelines to ensure they are functioning properly, and when there are any issues, they may perform some or all repairs. In addition to the pipelines, pipeliners are also in charge of maintaining the fittings, valves, and filtration systems.