About This Career
Pipeline Engineers design pipeline systems and facilities, develop inspection and protection programs and collect performance data to ensure all projects related to pipelines are completed on budget and schedule.
The main priority of Pipeline Engineers is the safety of pipeline systems for operations staff, the public and the environment.
Education: A post-secondary degree in mechanical, civil or geotechnical engineering (or related discipline) from an institution accredited by Engineers Canada is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Pipeline Design Engineer, Facilities Design Engineer, Corrosion Engineer, Pipeline Operations Engineer, Subsea Pipeline Engineer, Subsea Controls Engineer, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Engineer, Simulations Engineer, Integrity Engineer, Facility Engineer, Pipeline Project Manager
Mild Physical Activity
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration, including regulatory
Oil and gas services
Exploration and production
- Post-secondary degree
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of P.Eng.
- To obtain a licence as a professional engineer (P. Eng), you must obtain a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass a professional practice exam and have three or four years of engineering experience, of which one year must be gained in Canada. You must also have Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent residency in Canada.