Pipeline welders perform specialized (both gas and electric) welds on pipelines and gas mains in accordance with appropriate industry standards. They must be experienced in performing their duties in the presence of “live” natural gas and gas leaks while maintaining the safety standards set by regulatory agencies and their employer.
Pipeline welders must be able to fabricate high pressure piping, structural equipment, riser clamps, stairs and rails, ladders, scaffolding, and other components of both onshore and offshore pipeline stations and facilities. Pipeline welders working offshore must be experienced with the environment of an offshore oil rig, being able to climb numerous flights of stairs while carrying equipment and be used to working at various degrees and angles. Offshore welders must also be able to utilize a swing rope and personnel basket when entering or exiting a boat.
Pipeline welders are expected to be proficient at a number of welding processes, such as arc welding, heli-arc, oxyacetylene, and brazing processes.