Featured Careers - Pipeline

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Transportation Inspectors (Hazardous Materials Investigators or Pipeline Inspectors)

Transportation inspectors help make sure that cargo is moved safely from place to place over land, rail, water, air, or pipeline—especially cargo that might be hazardous to people, property, or the environment (such as fuel, chemicals, or flammable gases). For example, pipeline inspectors might check for corrosion or leaks that could lead to ruptures or chemical spills. Hazardous materials investigators might inspect containers of flammable gases to make sure they are properly labeled, secured, and put in the correct container to remain safe during transportation.

(avg salary: $70,820 per year/$34.05 per hour)

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Environmental Engineers

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. In the pipeline transportation industry, environmental engineers might oversee the construction or maintenance of petroleum or natural gas pipelines to ensure they are safe for people, property, and the environment.

(avg salary: $80,890 per year/$38.89 per hour.)

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Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers weld or join metal parts. They also fill holes, indentions, or seams of metal products, using hand-held metal joining equipment. In the pipeline transportation industry, these specialists may work individually or in teams to build, install, or repair pipelines that supply materials like water or natural gas.

(avg salary: $36,300 per year/$17.45 per hour)

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Commercial Divers

Commercial divers work below the surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. They may use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. They may also conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life. Commercial divers working in the pipeline industry might be involved in the construction and/or repair of pipelines and structures used in the production of offshore oil and gas.

(avg salary: $51,070 per year/$24.55 per hour)

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Pipelayers perform any combination of the following tasks: grading trenches or culverts, positioning pipe, or sealing joints. They may also organize and align sections of pipeline in preparation for welding.

(avg salary: $40,730 per year/$19.58 per hour)

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First-Line Supervisors (Pipeline Supervisors)

First-line supervisors directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators. Pipeline supervisors might oversee the daily operations of a pipeline facility, making sure that they are safely operating according to industry standards and regulations.

(avg salary: $59,060 per year/$28.39 per hour)