Pipeline Walker

Published: 13/12/2009

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This job often requires the ability to work solo. You must be a good problem solver, highly detailed oriented, versatile, and in good physical condition. The inspection work is generally just you and your tool kit and your vehicle. An eye for detail is a good trait for a Pipeline Walker.

Having some specialized training in survivalist procedures also wouldn't hurt as many of the sections of pipeline are in very remote wilderness locations. It's good to be prepared for any sort of trouble that may arise out in the wild, when you're on your own.

What they do: The work is very detail oriented and requires a lot of on-site inspection. Detect any leakage or other potential problems by walking the pipeline. A pipeline walker is a specialist who patrol's oil and gas systems and pipelines to locate and assess washouts, breaks in joints, locate leaks and downed or damaged communication infrastructure such as poles or wires. Depending upon the terrain and pipeline layout, the line walker may patrol these areas on foot, horseback or vehicle.

Line walkers should also know how troubleshoot other pipeline problems, they repair clogged valves and inspect automatic drip bleeders on gas lines.

The job of a Line Walker often requires the person to be in good physical condition, work independently, a good problem solver, and be highly detailed.

Average Pay Rate:

Compensation depends upon experience but varies from $18.00 to $21.00 per hour.

The job of a line walker is to patrols oil and gas pipelines as well as communication systems on foot, horseback, or by vehicle to locate and repair pipeline leaks, breaks, washouts, and damaged utility wires and poles.

The line walker assesses sections of pipelines to detect evidence of leaks, such as oil stains, odors, and dead vegetation. If problems are found the line walker may take steps to repair small leaks using tools for caulking, hammers, clamps, and wrenches.

He or she will reports any large leaks and washouts to district office as well as any problems found with telephone and telegraph wires like broken insulators, wires, and fallen poles.

Additionally, the line walker may be charged with inspecting operations of automatic drip bleeders on gaslines to detect malfunctions, such as clogged valves. If there are problem then they may need repairs.