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Pipeline Maintenance and Mechanical


The Pipeline Maintenance and Mechanical curriculum provides basic, intermediate, and advanced training to safely perform general and mechanical maintenance on pipelines. After completion of the Level 1 modules, learners can continue training in Pipeline Maintenance or Pipeline Mechanical by completing Covered Task online trainings for operator qualifications.

The Pipeline Maintenance and Mechanical curriculum complies with the U.S. Department of Labor’s standards for Pipeline Maintenance Technician and Pipeline Mechanical Technician apprenticeship programs.


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2017, 3rd Edition
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Pipeline Mechanic Hand and Power Tools
10 Hours

Module ID 63103-02: Introduces hand and power tools used to maintain and install pipeline equipment. Discusses tool safety and procedures for selecting, inspecting, using, and maintaining the tools.

Piping and Mechanical Blueprint Reading
15 Hours

Module ID 63104-02: Explains how to read plot plans, P&IDs, piping isometric drawings, detail sheets, and machine drawings. Describes common components and symbols used in various drawings.

Tubing, Threaded Pipe, and Hoses
30 Hours

Module ID 63105-02: Introduces a variety of tubing, tubing materials, tools, and work practices used in the pipeline industry. Identifies the materials used in threaded piping systems. Describes the types and uses of screwed fittings.

10 Hours

Module ID 63106-02: Covers installation procedures for threaded, nonthreaded, and insulation fasteners used in the pipeline industry.

Identify Types of Valve Actuators/Operators
15 Hours

Module ID 63108-02: Identifies types of manual, electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic valve actuators used in the pipeline industry. Covers storage and handing, installation, and preventive maintenance procedures for these actuators.

Installing Seals and Gaskets
10 Hours

Module ID 63109-02: Covers the applications, removal procedures, and installation procedures for dynamic and static seals and O-rings. Also identifies gaskets and gasket materials and explains the procedures for laying out, cutting, and installing gaskets.

Introduction to Pneumatic Systems
10 Hours

Module ID 63201-02: Discusses pneumatic system safety, characteristics of gases and how they are compressed, pneumatic transmission of energy, and compressor operation.

Introduction to Hydraulic Systems
10 Hours

Module ID 63202-02: Discusses hydraulic system safety and the basic principles of hydraulics, including Pascal’s law and Bernoulli’s principle. Explains the function of fluids, parts, pumps, and motors.

Specialty and Precision Tools
15 Hours

Module ID 63203-02: Introduces specialty tools and precision measuring tools and explains how to select, inspect, use, and care for these tools.

Introduction to Metering Devices and Provers
10 Hours

Module ID 63206-02: Identifies and explains the use of pipeline meters including positive displacement, turbine, ultrasonic, massflow, vortex, and orifice. Identifies and explains the use of provers including tank provers, traditional pipe provers, and small volume pipe provers.

Introduction to Pumps
10 Hours

Module ID 63207-02: Identifies main-line and feeder line pumps including centrifugal, rotary, reciprocating, and metering pumps. Explains net positive suction head and cavitation. Outlines general procedures for pump installation.

Introduction to Gas Compressors
10 Hours

Module ID 63208-02: Identifies gas compressors used in the transmission of gas through pipelines. Also explains the function and operation of compressors and identifies the auxiliary equipment used with compressors.

General Maintenance and Winterizing Pipeline Equipment
7.5 Hours

Module ID 62301-02: Explains preventive and predictive maintenance and general maintenance on rotating machinery. Discusses gas compressors and maintaining pumps and prime movers.

Tank Repair
40 Hours

Module ID 62307-02: Explains complete tank repair, including flange tightening, nondestructive testing, electrically insulated fittings and flanges, welding, bottom repair, bottom replacement, moving, arc burn and weld repair, roof installation, shell plate replacement, aluminum and steel floating roof demolition, building a floating roof, floating roof in-service seal replacement, and nozzles, manways, and sumps.

Install and Maintain Bearings
15 Hours

Module ID 63209-02: Identifies friction and antifriction bearings, bearing materials, and bearing designation. Gives procedures to remove, troubleshoot, and install bearings.

Install Mechanical Seals
20 Hours

Module ID 63210-02: Explains the function and advantages of mechanical seals. Identifies parts and types of mechanical seals. Includes procedures for removing, inspecting, and installing mechanical seals.

Maintain and Repair Drivers
15 Hours

Module ID 63211-02: Identifies types of drivers that provide power to rotating equipment on pipelines. Explains how to inspect and replace drivers, replace bearings and seals, and perform preventive maintenance.

Install Rotating Equipment
25 Hours

Module ID 63301-02: Identifies inspection requirements for an equipment pad, requirements for equipment base preparation, and procedures for inspecting equipment prior to installation. Also explains how to prepare equipment prior to installation, the installation process for rotating equipment, and the procedures used to relieve pipe stress from rotating equipment.

Unit Alignment
40 Hours

Module ID 63302-02: Describes types of equipment misalignment and how to identify and correct them. Explains how to perform conventional, rim and face indicator, reverse dial indicator, and laser alignments. Also identifies other laser alignment procedures that may be completed on the machinery trains depending on equipment needs.

Vibration Analysis
5 Hours

Module ID 63303-02: Covers common causes of vibration and how to minimize them. Includes vibration monitoring techniques, vibration analysis techniques, vibration test equipment, and how to field balance machines.

Maintain, Troubleshoot, and Repair Pumps
10 Hours

Module ID 63304-02: Identifies the preventive maintenance requirements, inspection requirements, and common troubleshooting techniques for pumps used in the pipeline industry. Also gives general guidelines for preparing a pump for shutdown, removing a pump from a pipeline system, disassembling a pump, installing the pump after the pump has been reassembled, and preparing the pump for startup and operational check after maintenance or repair has been completed.

Maintain, Troubleshoot, and Repair Gas Compressors
15 Hours

Module ID 63305-02: Identifies the typical lubrication system components, preventive maintenance requirements, and common troubleshooting techniques for a gas compressor. Also gives general guidelines for preparing a gas compressor for shutdown and repair, isolating a gas compressor from a pipeline system, repairing rotary and reciprocating gas compressors, and preparing a gas compressor for startup and operational check after maintenance has been completed.

Maintain, Troubleshoot, & Repair Metering Devices & Provers
20 Hours

Module ID 63309-02: Explains how to inspect, maintain, and repair metering devices and prover systems. Also describes the waterdraw calibration procedures used to calibrate and verify the reliability of prover systems.

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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