Website Kinder Morgan

Pipeliner (Bradshaw) Job Highlights

Title Pipeliner – Bradshaw
Type Full Time
Experience Required
Function Management/Manufacturing
Location Sacramento, CA, United States
Company Kinder Morgan

Company Profile

Kinder Morgan is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies along with the largest natural gas transporter and storage operator. The company move approximately 40 percent of the natural gas consumed in the U.S.

Job Profile

The company is searching for a Pipeliner who will perform preventive maintenance and upgrading of pipeline and pipeline facilities, usually as a member of a crew, and to respond to emergency repairs in order to minimize downtime and throughput loss.

Educational Qualification

  • The prospective applicants should have a High School Diploma or Equivalent

Work Experience

Pipeliner Entry Level – New hire; Works under close supervision; must learn the basics and pass required Operator Qualifications (OQs) within an acceptable timeframe, as determined by facility management.

Pipeliner Level 1 – passed OQs and has the ability to perform basic job duties without supervision.

Pipeliner Level 2 – at least one year performing satisfactorily at Level 1 or equivalent experience; can consistently perform all job duties; understands and adheres to all standard operating procedures; is knowledgeable regarding the facility and all incoming/outgoing lines, pumps, and valves; works with moderate direction.

Pipeliner Level 3 – at least one year performing satisfactorily at Level 2 or equivalent experience; can work with minimal direction; has demonstrated sound judgment in carrying out all job responsibilities and continues to successfully perform all job duties; has the ability to analyze problems and develop sound recommendations for resolution.

Pipeliner Level 4 – at least two years performing satisfactorily at Level 3 or equivalent experience; provides self-direction; has shown continuous improvement in an ability to perform duties, troubleshoots problems, demonstrates leadership skills, promotes teamwork, contributes ideas and recommendations for generating and implementing new ideas/procedures/processes and serves as a trainer or mentor for less experienced Pipeliners.

Pipeliner Level 5 – at least three years performing satisfactorily at Level 4; has maintained a consistent and high level of performance by meeting or exceeding all job performance standards and expectations; is considered a ‘subject matter expert’ in regards to the Pipeliner position; has the ability to work independently and use sound judgment, as well as the ability to work in a team and promote cooperation; sets a positive example for all and represents KM in a professional manner at all times.


  • Cleans, clears vegetation around company assets, paints mainline block valves, facilities at tank farms, booster stations, and Region offices. Maintains Company assigned Purchase card, Wex card, Travel and Entertainment card in good standing.
  • Consistently maintain and demonstrate a high regard for personal safety, for the safety of company assets and employees, and the general public.
  • Installs sleeves or clock springs on damaged or corroded pipe, and performs general maintenance of the pipelines, including pipe fitting and equipment relocation, hot tapping, setting and removing plugs from TORs (Thread O-Rings), cold cutting, coating repairs, and monitoring atmosphere using a company provided air monitor.
  • May be required to operate the concrete saw, jackhammers, tamping equipment, skip loader and/or bobcats in order to clean up areas, and forklifts to unload equipment/materials from freight trucks, etc.
  • Performs as welder helper when necessary.
  • Physically checks out requests related to underground service alerts (referred to as the USA in California and Blue Stake Requests in Arizona for example) to determine if Company property or Right-of-Way is affected. Schedules and performs line crossings called in by phone and performs manual labor required in Right-of-Way clearance. Inspects exposed piping during line crossings to determine the adequacy of protective coating. Required to complete necessary PIR (Pipeline Inspection Repair) and PIP (Pipeline Inspection Pothole) reports online.
  • Prepares to shore as necessary in the preparation of ditches. May be required to operate skip loader and/or backhoe in order to dig ditches.
  • Will need to follow company procedures to enter confined space entry and be able to perform necessary work in confined spaces.

Other Duties

  • Installs line marker; cleans, buffs, and recoats pipe.
  • Maintains roadways and fences in tank farms and booster stations.
  • Performs housekeeping tasks including sandblasting, painting, carpentry, and concrete work
  • Repairs equipment at tank farms, booster stations, and regional offices.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Basic computer proficiency in Microsoft applications (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) is necessary in order to interface with company communication systems.
  • In order to meet the various maintenance and general operational requirements, a mechanical aptitude is necessary
  • Must be a problem solver with the ability to find resolutions.
  • Must be able to pass Operator Qualification requirements (OQ).
  • Must be accountable and take direction from Managers; keep required work schedules, which include regular and predictable job attendance; focus attention on details; follow work rules.
  • Must be self-motivated and capable of working with minimal supervision and/or direction.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks are essential.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills are required. Must be able to read and comprehend written documents, instructions/directions, as well as be able to accurately pass on information and instructions to co-workers.
  • Well-balanced interpersonal skills. Must be flexible and able to work effectively in a team environment and consistently maintain a professional and respectful demeanor/attitude with co-workers, clients, consultants, and representatives of various local, state, federal, and regulatory agencies.

Physical Demands

  • Climbing in and out of trenches, climbing tanks, working around heavy equipment, negotiating rough terrain, areas of loose rock, and working in confined spaces is required.
  • Employees must be physically capable of completing and satisfying all training requirements as stipulated by local, state, or federal agencies or Company Policies.
  • Fieldwork may involve exposure to snakes, flying and crawling insects, extreme temperatures ranging from 20°F to 120°F, rough terrain, dusty conditions, and loud noises primarily from equipment motor and extended sun exposure.
  • Frequently may walk up to 5 – 10 miles in a day, including through brush and rugged terrain in temperatures that can range from 20°F to 120°F.
  • Perform physical labor in a variety of extreme climatic conditions, including walking, bending, stooping, climbing tanks, digging, lifting, and general manual labor.
  • Relies on senses of smell, hearing, and sight to identify and evaluate irregularities and malfunctions.
  • Requires stamina in order to work extended, consecutive hours which may be up to 24 hours or longer.
  • Work is very manual labor-intensive and involves and lifting of weights up to 50 pounds unassisted and assistance should be sought for weight in excess of that amount.

Working Conditions

  • Climatic conditions are determined by location assignment and may include severe seasonal changes including both winter conditions with frequent snow or extreme summer heat and sun, depending upon geographic location.
  • Depending upon location, extended travel on weekly basis may be required in order to complete duties at all assignment areas. Overnight travel could average 1 – 20 nights per month.
  • Exposure to smells and vapor associated with refined petroleum products.
  • The job entails call-outs on a 24-hour emergency basis and an ability to work long hours, weekends, nights, and holidays when required.
  • May be required to work alone (unsupervised).
  • Must be willing and able to travel via personal vehicle and/or Company vehicle, as well as commercial airlines, as needed. Employees must be willing and able to cover travel expenses and is reimbursed upon submittal of approved expense reports.
  • Must carry a cell phone and respond to calls/pages in a timely manner 24/7.
  • Overtime required and extended work hours in cases of emergencies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of cathodic protection.
  • Experience in pipeline inspection is preferred.
  • Experience with light maintenance (mechanical, electric, electronic).
  • Experience with petroleum storage and dispensing operations is preferred.
  • Experience with storage tank operations, including inspections, alarms, and sampling.
  • Knowledge and experience working with construction contractors are preferred.
  • Knowledge of pipeline operations.
  • Knowledge of piping, valves, and pressures.
  • Pipeline hydraulics experience desired.
  • Prior experience requiring mechanical aptitude and skill is a plus.

Employer’s Statement

Kinder Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, or any other legally protected status.

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