Pipeliners, also known as Pipeline Welders, join and repair tubular products and metallic pipe components and assemblies as part of the construction of buildings, vessels, structures, and stand-alone pipelines. They use a variety of welding processes and equipment, in a wide range of industrial, commercial, and construction environments. Because pipes are routinely set up in fixed positions and situated in ways that make welding difficult, pipeline welders must be well-trained and versatile. As such, they are among the most highly skilled and sought after welders.


Primary welding for the construction, maintenance, and repair of pipeline systems and assemblies.

Cutting, dismantling, straightening, or reshaping pipe sections and components.

Construct pipeline supports and related structures.

Perform “hot-tapping” or the welding of “live” pipelines.

Maintenance of welding equipment, tools, and field service vehicle.

Education & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Minimum Education

High school diploma or equivalent.

Recommended Education

Certificate in pipe welding, metals fabrication, welding, etc.

Advanced Education

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, pipe welding, etc.

Recommended Training

Related pipeline work experience.

Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program.

Recommended Certification

AWS Certified Welder.

Strong mechanical and mathematical aptitude.

Adapt to changes quickly and seamlessly.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Ability to work efficiently in all types of weather conditions.

Knowledge of blueprints, welding symbols, piping components, and field welding techniques.

As a pipeliner, you should also expect to travel extensively, as pipeline construction can take place anywhere in the world; from heavy populated cities to remote high mountain deserts. Opportunities are also available in shop environments.