- Exploration and production
- Oil sands
- Post-secondary degree
About This Career
Every year, trillions of cubic feet of natural gas liquids and billions of barrels of crude oil flow through Canada’s pipeline system. Pipeline Schedulers are the ones tasked with making sure that every unit is accounted for, arriving at their destinations when they’re expected.
Oil and gas products can vary widely. For example, ethane, propane, butane and pentanes are extracted from natural gas liquids. Dilbit, Synbit and Synthetic Crude are three different crude oil blends derived from the bitumen of Canada’s oil sands. All these products are moved primarily by pipeline, with some rail and truck transportation. The role of the Pipeline Scheduler is to plan and schedule this oil, gas or refined product distribution to designated pipeline systems, in order to be delivered to various markets around the world. Pipeline Schedulers analyze storage levels and adjust shipping schedules to meet marketing agreements. Pipeline Schedulers are often required to reconcile invoices and delivery confirmations with shippers, distributors and end-users. They work closely with supply chain/logistic departments, marketing and facilities or production departments to ensure the right product is in the right pipeline, at the agreed-to-costs and on the correct timeframe for delivery.
In this occupation activities may include:
- Managing and scheduling of volumes from multiple receipt locations and coordinating deliveries with downstream carriers.
- Developing and sustaining strong customer relationships with shippers, producers and other pipeline companies.
- Communicating daily with control centre, field operations and trucking regarding scheduled volume movements to ensure safe and optimal operations.
- Optimizing system capacity and efficiency through detailed knowledge of the pipeline systems, customer requirements and market conditions.
- Preparing and managing weekly and monthly shipper and producer documentation as per industry deadlines.
- A bachelor’s degree in business, economics or related discipline is typically required.
- Knowledge of Canadian pipeline movements considered a key asset.
- Specific health and safety certifications may be required, determined by location of work and company requirements
- Customer and Personal Service
- Economics and Accounting
- Understanding Risk
- Operation and Control
- Complex Problem Solving
- Cost Benefit Analysis
- Planning and Organizing
- Mining and quarrying
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