Profession 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.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Metal bending techniques

    Understand different techniques for the bending of metal sheets. Connect knowledge of different techniques with activities such as assembly, design, and maintenance.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Pipeline coating properties

    Know pipeline coating properties such as external anti-corrosion, internal coating, concrete weight coating, thermal insulation, and others.

  • Isometric perspective

    Understand the isometric representation of three dimensional elements in two dimensional technical and engineering draughts for the manufacture, assembly, and maintenance of objects.

  • Geometry

    Branch of mathematics related to questions of shape, size, relative position of figures and the properties of space.

  • 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.


  • Create designs for pipeline engineering

    Design pipeline infrastructure considering engineering principles. Create blueprints, measure sites, define materials, and present functional proposals for their construction.

  • Carry out measurements of parts

    Operate measurement instruments to measure parts of manufactured objects. Take into consideration specifications of manufacturers to perform the measuring.

  • Use measurement instruments

    Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.

  • Oversee wetlands in project development

    Oversee and respond proactively to the challenges posed by wetlands in the development of projects. Strive to care for and conserve wetlands while finding the most environmentally cost efficient solutions for the development of infrastructure projects.

  • Ensure regulatory compliance in pipeline infrastructures

    Ensure that the regulations for pipeline operations are met. Ensure pipeline infrastructure compliance with legal mandates, and compliance with regulations governing the transportation of goods via the pipelines.

  • Consider the impact of material characteristics on pipeline flows

    Consider the characteristics of goods in order to ensure that pipeline flows are uninterrupted. Anticipate the density of goods in the design of pipelines or in daily maintenance of pipeline infrastructures.

  • Perform pipeline routing studies

    Perform routing studies designed to collect information on and analyse the characteristics of the site, the challenges of construction, and other environmental factors that should be taken into consideration in planning project development.

  • Integrate measures in architectural designs

    Integrate measurements, taken at sites or included in the project, into the design and drafting of architectural projects. Integrate considerations such as fire safety, acoustics, and building physics.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Design pipelines with different coating solutions

    Design pipelines envisioning different coating solutions in accordance with the goods intended for transportation. Design pipeline coating solutions following standards.

  • Analyse various types of water

    Design boreholes; sample and analyse surface water and groundwater.

Optional knowledge and skills

survey sites for pipeline installation physics use cad software use personal protection equipment chemistry operate soldering equipment advise on construction materials operate welding equipment detect flaws in pipeline infrastructure pipeline transport regulations; mitigate environmental impact of pipeline projects cad software maintain pipeline coating properties assemble manufactured pipeline parts maritime transportation technology combine multiple fields of knowledge