You won’t need to be licensed or certified to become a pipeliner or technician. However, some jobs will require you to become part of a company training program, or others might require you to have two to four years of previous experience as a pipeliner. Depending on the job, some companies are looking for pipeliners who are also certified pipeliners.
There are three primary levels of pipeliners or pipeline technicians:
The pipeline technician performs the same basic job functions and has similar responsibilities as pipeliners.
As the title implies, the pipeliner trainee is hired by a company with no or little experience and then receives on-the-job training and instruction. The length of training can vary, but most programs last a minimum of six months to one year. As a trainee, you will assist the other pipeliners and learn the regulations, policies, and codes related to the pipeline system.
As a pipeliner, you will be performing the work, and reporting to a supervisor.
The supervisor is hired to oversee other pipeliners. One thing you should know is that this job can be physically demanding. Companies may require you to take a physical and to meet lifting requirements (usually 50 pounds or more). You should also know that pipeliners are also on call and can work nontraditional hours and shifts.
Other qualities employers look for in pipeliners include good communication skills, both verbal and written, good decision-making skills, and good organizational skills. You must have a high school diploma, and some companies prefer candidates that have received an additional year or two of technical training or schooling.
Other requirements you’re likely to see on a pipeliner job posting include: