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Pipeline Transportation Labourer

Photo courtesy of Kinder Morgan Canada

About This Career

Pipeline Transportation Labourers assist skilled tradespersons with the majority of manual labour required for pipeline construction, maintenance and operations. Pipeline Transportation Labourers are members of a crew(s) comprised of tradespersons, operators and labourers. Typical roles include the following:

  • Pre-Construction Workers remove obstructions from a pipeline right-of-way. They create a uniform grade so that equipment and trucks can maneuver the right-of-way easily. They also excavate trenches on the right-of-way for pipe placement and help place the pipe end-to-end in preparation for welding.
  • Construction Workers assist in bending the pipe to fit with land contours. They help to position and align pipe for welding. They also apply primer, protective coating and final wrapping on the pipe.
  • Post-Construction Workers cover the pipeline with topsoil that was previously removed and ensure the right-of-way is returned to its original state.
  • Maintenance/Terminal/Station Workers assist in preventive maintenance, repair and upgrading of pipelines, pumping stations and pipeline facilities/oil tank farms.
  • Line Walkers patrol the pipeline on foot, horseback or other means to identify any leaks, washouts, breaks in joints or damaged communication infrastructure.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is preferred, and on-the-job training is typically provided by employers. These are entry-level occupations.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed by companies in the oil and gas sector that specialize in pipeline construction and maintenance, as well as the pipeline sector.

Example titles: Pipeline Transportation Helper, Pre-Construction Helper, Construction Helper, Post-Construction Helper, Pipeliner, Line Walker, Maintenance Worker, Terminal Worker, Station Worker, Survey Helper, Bending Helper, Pipeline Labourer, Mechanic’s Labourer, Painters/Coaters, Sandblasters, Measureman, Nozzleman, Skid Setter, Spacer, Stabber

Work Activities
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Reporting large leaks and problems to the supervisor.
Handling and Moving Objects
Assisting other trades and operators that operate specialized coating equipment.
Assisting with equipment, tools and clean-up.
Moving skids and other manual labour as required.
Performing General Physical Activities
Removing rocks and handfilling trenches.
Service Orientation
Attention to Detail
Public Safety and Security
Active Listening
Career Path
  • Welding Apprentice
  • Millwright Apprentice
  • Pipefitter Apprentice
  • Electrician Apprentice
Related Careers
Working Conditions
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Utilities including renewable energy
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Forestry and logging
Job Details

Job Category

Field Workers




7611, 7612

Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Ground Disturbance
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)


  • Some occupations will require a valid driver’s licence and a clean driving record

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical assessment and drug test