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Become A Pipeline Technician

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Working As A Pipeline Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $41,823

    Average Salary

What Does A Pipeline Technician Do At Occidental Petroleum

* Perform measurement/maintenance relief duties on 24 hour call out basis and perform measurement operations as needed.
* Identify and locate company pipelines including probing, marking, mapping, and flagging company pipelines and assets.
* Perform duties associated with “One Call” pipeline response system.
* Coordinate with third party and company personnel for excavations, crossings, and digs of company pipelines.
* Launching/receiving pipeline scrapers/pigs and all duties associated to maintain line integrity and safe operation.
* Perform valve inspections and associated documentation to ensure proper operation.
* Identify and coordinate pipeline (Right of Way) R
* O.W. maintenance and line marker replacement/additions as needed.
* Train and become proficient in other work disciplines and perform relief duties as needed.
* Read and understand line/station gate valve maps, flow diagrams, and alignment drawings.
* Other duties and projects assigned as necessary

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How To Become A Pipeline Technician

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.


Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.


General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.


Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Pipeline Technician Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Vietnamese

  • Dakota


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Top Skills for A Pipeline Technician


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Top Pipeline Technician Skills

  1. Pipeline Maintenance
  2. Safety Meetings
  3. Valve Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist other areas with pipeline maintenance activates and one calls as need.
  • Participated in safety meetings; developed additional health and safety procedures as required.
  • Assisted I&E personnel with control valve maintenance.
  • Continue to learn/train on pipeline systems and equipment in order to prevent/minimize downtime.
  • Worked with inspectors on Compressor stations, pipeline, and pig traps, design and construction including painting to specifications.

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