Types of pipelines


Know various types of pipelines and their different usages. Differentiate between pipelines used to transport goods over short and long distances, and understand their respective feeding systems.

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pipeline classifications
class of pipeline
forms of pipeline
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categories of pipeline
classifications of transport pipelines
differences between pipeline types
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Essential knowledge

Types of pipelines is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Water network operative: Water network operatives maintain pipes and pumping stations used for water supply, waste water removal and sewerage. They perform planned maintenance and repair tasks and clear blockages in pipes and drains.
Water engineering technician: Water systems engineering technicians aid engineers in the development and implementation of water supply and water treatment systems. They monitor the operations to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations, check water quality and ensure implementation of water-related legislation.
Sewerage maintenance technician: Sewerage maintenance technicians inspect sewers and pipeline systems. They do this by using moving video cameras, whose recordings tell them whether they need to perform any maintenance and repair on these types of systems.
Corrosion technician: Corrosion technicians monitor the integrity from a pipeline and provide repairs to it if needed. They ensure that the pipelines are properly connected and are in line with the health and safety regulations. Corrosion technicians inspect cathodic protection systems and pipeline connection points for corrosion. They may also assist in the designing of pipelines, analyse soil and write reports on technical issues.
Drain technician: Drain technicians install and maintain drainage equipment used in sewer systems, such as pipes and valves. They analyse the design and ensure the proper installation of the drainage system, and perform maintenance and repair duties.
Gas transmission system operator: Gas transmission system operators transport energy in the form of natural gas. They receive natural gas from the production station, transport it through pipelines, ensuring delivery to gas distribution stations.
Pipeline route manager: Pipeline route managers oversee the day-to-day operational aspects of transporting goods via pipeline infrastructures. They have an overview of the network and plan the different routes to transport goods from one site to another. They strive for the most efficient and less costly route. They troubleshoot arising issues in networks and sites, ensure implementation of regulations, and follow up the achievement of transport targets.
Pipeline engineer: Pipeline engineers design and develop the engineering aspects for the construction of pipeline infrastructures in various kinds of sites (e.g. inland, maritime). They envision and create the specifications for pumping systems and for the general transport of goods through pipelines.
Sewerage network operative: Sewerage network operatives maintain sewerage systems which remove and transport wastewater and sewerage. They inspect pipes, pumping stations, and mains, looking for leaks or other faults, and repair any problems. They clear blockages, and perform maintenance duties, using network maps and specialised software.
Pipeline superintendent: Pipeline superintendents manage the direction and overall development of pipeline transport projects. They envision the planning, the route selection, the management of resources, and the daily operations. They develop long-term vision safeguarding efficiency of the infrastructure.
Gas distribution engineer: Gas distribution engineers design and construct transport systems for natural gas, connecting the gas distribution network to the consumer by designing piping works and mains. They research methods to ensure sustainability, and to decrease environmental impact, as well as optimising cost efficiency.
Wastewater engineer: Wastewater engineers design sewage systems and networks for the removal and treatment of wastewater from cities and other residential areas. They design systems which are compliant with environmental standards, and aim to minimise impact on the ecosystem and on citizens in the vicinity of the network.
Gas service technician: Gas service technicians install and maintain gas service appliances and systems in facilities or buildings. They install the equipment in accordance with regulations, repair faults, and investigate leaks and other problems. They test the equipment and advise on the use and care of appliances and systems which use gas energy.
Drainage engineer: Drainage engineers design and construct drainage systems for sewers and storm water systems. They evaluate the options to design drainage systems that meet the requirements while ensuring compliance with legislation and environmental standards and policies. Drainage engineers choose the most optimal drainage system to prevent floods, control irrigation and direct sewage away from water sources.
Gas processing plant operator: Gas processing plant operators operate and maintain distribution equipment in a gas distribution plant. They distribute gas to utility facilities or consumers, and ensure the correct pressure is maintained on gas pipelines. They also oversee compliance with scheduling and demand.
Drainage worker: Drainage workers assemble and maintain drainage and dewatering systems. They lay tubes or drainpipes to dry out the ground of a certain structure in order to put a hold to imminent groundwater. This work is usually performed under pavements and in basements.
Water engineer: Water engineers research and develop methods for the provision of clean water, water treatment and flood damage prevention and reaction. They research water needs in a location and develop methods for meeting those needs, such as designing and developing projects for managing water resources such as treatment plants, pipelines, pump systems, irrigation or draining systems and other water supply systems. Water engineers also ensure proper installation of these systems on construction sites. Water engineers also maintain, repair and build structures that control water resources, such as bridges, canals and dams.

Optional knowledge

Types of pipelines is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Sewerage cleaner: Sewerage cleaners maintain and clean sewerage systems and their pipes within communities. They remove blockages that stop the sewerage flow to ensure the smooth running of the systems.
Pipe welder: Pipe welders assemble and install parts and components of pipelines for the transport of goods such as water, steam and chemicals through them. They interpret specs such as pneumatics, hydraulics, for installation on site according to the safety and production requirements.
Pipeline maintenance worker: Pipeline maintenance workers operate different equipment to keep the suitability of the pipelines. They perform checks for deviations and administer chemicals according to the needs and cleaning aim (e.g. corrosion shunning)

Septic tank servicer: Septic tank servicers clean and maintain septic systems. They repair damages and faults, and ensure the tanks are cleaned and maintained, operating cleaning and maintenance machinery, in compliance with safety procedures.
Energy engineer: Energy engineers design new, efficient and clean ways to produce, transform, and distribute energy to improve environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. They extract energy through natural resources, such as oil or gas, or renewable and sustainable sources, such as wind or solar power. 
Gas scheduling representative: Gas scheduling representatives track and control the flow of natural gas between pipelines and the distribution system, compliant with schedules and demands. They report on the natural gas flow, ensure the schedule is followed or make scheduling adaptations in case of problems to attempt to meet demands.
Gas processing plant supervisor: Gas processing plant supervisors supervise the processing of gas for utility and energy services by controlling compressors and other processing equipment to ensure standard operation. They supervise the maintenance of the equipment, and perform tests to detect problems or deviations, and to ensure quality.
Gas station operator: Gas station operators process gases for compression, transmission or recovery by using gas, steam or electric engine compressors. They perform chemical tests on gases and are responsible for pumps and pipelines operations.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022

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