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Introduction to the Pipeline Industry


Introduction to the Pipeline Industry is a rigorous industry-recognized program that provides learners with the foundational skills and knowledge they need to build their career in the Pipeline industry. The curriculum introduces learners to tools, pneumatics, hydraulics, equipment, pipeline communications and operations, and release identification and response.

Along with Core, Introduction to the Pipeline Industry is part of five U.S. Department of Labor apprenticeship programs for Pipeline including Pipeline Maintenance Technician, Pipeline Mechanical Technician, Pipeline Operations Technician, Pipeline E&I Technician, and Pipeline Corrosion Technician.


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Craft Snapshot

175, includes Core
2017, 3rd Edition
NCCERconnect Deliver instruction using our pre-loaded content and course management tools, streamline training, and track results through the online gradebook. Students learn using the interactive eTextbook and Media Library with Active Figures that bring the material to life, anytime and anywhere they choose.
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Introduction to the Pipeline Industry
15 Hours

Module ID 66101-02: Introduces the pipeline industry, including pipeline products and flow paths, maps and drawings used in the industry, and basic pipeline operations. Also covers hydraulics, pipeline equipment, electrical power systems, and corrosion control. Regulations, documentation, and pipeline industry occupations are also described.

Tools of the Trade
7.5 Hours

Module ID 62104-02: Explains use and care of hand and power tools used in the pipeline industry. Describes the use of welding equipment and meters and testers. Also discusses nondestructive testing and the uses of hydraulic cranes and heavy excavating equipment.

Pipeline Documentation
5 Hours

Module ID 62105-02: Identifies alignment sheets used in the pipeline industry including maps, P&IDs, and electrical drawings. Also describes the types of documentation and document management required in the industry.

Basic Pipeline Pneumatics and Equipment
10 Hours

Module ID 67102-02: Introduces the basics of pneumatic equipment. Topics include pneumatic safety and the physical characteristics of gas. A discussion of compressors, valves, meters, and other pipeline equipment and an overview on pipeline design also are included.

Basic Pipeline Hydraulics and Equipment
10 Hours

Module ID 60102-02: Explains pipeline hydraulics safety, basic principles of hydraulic systems, hydraulic properties of petroleum products, pipeline design factors, and basic pipeline equipment.

Pipeline Communications
7.5 Hours

Module ID 60103-02: Introduces channels of communications that must exist in pipeline operations, including internal communications with scheduling, operations, and maintenance; and external communications with contractors, the general public, regulatory agencies, and local, state, and federal government.

Pipeline Operations
40 Hours

Module ID 64106-02: Describes pipeline system hydraulics and ASME ratings and standards. Discusses station control systems and recognizing and responding to AOCs. Also covers pigging operations and proving process meters.

Release Identification and Response
5 Hours

Module ID 62103-02: Describes company environmental manuals and the DNR and EPA regulations. Explains the NRC and Coast Guard responsibilities and spill prevention. Covers soil contamination, release reporting and containment, hydrostatic testing, flaring/venting, and trash handling.

Contributing Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a vital part of NCCER’s Curriculum development process. SMEs are construction and maintenance professionals who have journey-level experience and have experience teaching their trades to others.

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Contributing Subject Matter Experts
Below is a list of subject matter experts for this craft:

Arthur Birx, Protech EIS Corp


Benjamin Johnson, Praxair Services, Inc.

Bill Emery, Praxair Services, Inc.

Blaine Shellhammer, EMS USA, Inc.


Cameron Strother, Southland Safety

Carl Allebach, Sunoco Logistics, L.P.

Charles Whiten, L.E. Bell Construction Company Incorporated


Dan Lake, Central NDT, Inc.

Dan Rohret, Kinder Morgan Inc.

Dan Ruane, Midwestern Contractors

Dave Hoffman

David Reeder, EMS USA, Inc

DeWayne Schapansky, ONEOK Partners Intermediate Limited Partnership (formerly ONEOK, Inc.)

Donavon Wright, Corrpro

Donnie Pittsinger, Flint Energy Services, Inc.


Erin Worthington, Marathon Pipe Line LLC


Gary Affolter, Construction Craft Academy

Gordon Carson, CP Masters, Inc.


James Carroll


Kimberly-Joy Harris, Enbridge Pipelines, Inc.


Les Harrison

Leslie Carroll, THORCO

Lisa Hartnup, Praxair Services, Inc.

Lynn Simpson, Enterprise Products


Mark Seitz, AECOM

Michael Nordstrom, Corrpro

Michael Williams


Paula Gates-Rippe, ONEOK Partners Intermediate Limited Partnership (formerly ONEOK, Inc.)

Paul Fontenot II, Safety Advantage, LLC


Randall Rogers, Sunoco Logistics, L.P.

Rick Wilenzick, Jomax Construction Co., Inc.

RJ Rogers, Sunoco Logistics, L.P.


Sid Harrell

Steve Barker, L.E. Bell Construction Company Incorporated

Steve Montoy, Enterprise Products


Timothy Mills, Kinder Morgan Inc.

Tom Magness, Enhance Co., Inc.

Tom Pickthall, Enhance Co., Inc.

Travis Ashby, ONEOK Partners Intermediate Limited Partnership (formerly ONEOK, Inc.)

Trobi Hall, Sunoco Pipeline L.P.


Wallace McCracken, Mears Group, Inc.

Will Wright, Plains All American Pipeline

William (Billy) Rado, Corrpro

Instructor Resources

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