Every individual starts at the beginning – at the apprenticeship or helper stage. Once they are experienced, they may move up the ladder.
Pipeline helpers are individuals who assist pipeline welders or fitters in performing their work.
They usually provide basic logistical support so that they can learn the tricks of the trade and eventually move up the designation ladder.
To work as a pipeline helper, you need a high school diploma at the very least.
If you have taken shop classes in school, you will probably understand the work better than someone who is completely new to this work.
Physical dexterity and the ability to work in extreme weather conditions is a prerequisites for this job.
You may have to work in inclement weather conditions such as rain, snow, or extreme heat. If these don’t bother you, you can be a great fit for a pipeline helper position:
Apart from the requirements mentioned above, pipeline helpers need to be able to lift heavy objects repeatedly and follow complex instructions with minimal supervision.
Apart from inclement weather conditions, they may be required to work at high elevations which is why good balance and posture are extremely important in this job.
As a pipeline helper, you will be handling some or all of the jobs listed below:
Pipeline Helper Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist pipeline welders/installers in welding, brazing, and arc cutting activities.
• Lift, move and hold workpieces into position by using hoists, pry bars, wrenches, and hammers.
• Clean work areas and workpieces to remove impurities such as rust and grease by using wire brushes, portable grinders, and chemical solutions.
• Assist in connecting hoses and cables from power sources to workpieces or fixtures.
• Kick start generators and ensure that they are properly connected to power tools.
• Lift and place raw materials into appropriate places to ensure that they are fitted properly.
• Observe equipment operations and detect and troubleshoot malfunctions.
• Provide support in examining finished products to ensure conformance to standards.
• Perform counts of finished products to ascertain that product orders are complete.
• Lay pipeline according to specific instructions provided by pipeline installers or by following designated blueprints.
• Remove slags and run grinders all the way around set pipes.
• Order and receive parts, tools, and machinery needed in pipeline fitting or welding jobs.
• Assist in the maintenance of pipelines by performing both preventative and general maintenance tasks.