Pipeline construction is an exciting, on-the-leading edge of technology
sector. It offers rewarding opportunities, accompanied by choice and
flexibility. Each year many pipeliners approach retirement. Employers
along with industry and labour leaders are committed to renewing this
critical Canadian workforce.
Pipeline construction is a project-based business and demand for skilled
personnel varies based on the economy, energy sector development,
regulatory approvals and anticipated demand for getting energy resources
The people who build and maintain pipelines come from a range of skilled
occupations and trades. They call themselves Pipeliners.
Pipeliners work in transportation, logistics, equipment operating,
welding, pipelaying and a range of construction craft labour
occupations. They also work in management as well as in the provision of
many specialized supply, testing and inspection contracted services.
The Canadian Pipeline Advisory Council (CPAC) has partnered with the
Government of Alberta to produce a series of career exploration videos
to help support persons who are investigating a craft skill or trade in
mainline (large diameter) pipeline construction.