Pipeline Controller Job Description

Pipeline Controller Job Description

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Pipeline controller provides support for emergency pipeline repairs to both oil and natural gas pipeline systems.

Pipeline Controller Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

The training will include safety procedures, regulatory requirements, and various other procedures that are related to the pipeline industry
This position will be responsible for the monitoring and controlling the movement of material through pipelines by remotely starting/stopping pumps and operating valves, analyzing changing conditions and alarms and making necessary adjustments, monitoring pipeline integrity and coordinating pipeline maintenance, monitoring tank and cavern storage levels, maintaining communication with field personnel, customers, and suppliers to maximize efficiency, safety, quality, and customer service
Performs their duties in adherence with Enterprise procedures, standards, and specifications
Provides communications to the Pipeline maintenance departments on equipment outages or potential problems that could affect the operation of the system, and supervision of personnel after normal working hours via the on-call program to maintain the integrity of the Pipeline systems
This position monitors a vast array of communication systems, , satellite system, data transfer T1’s, microwave system, 900 MHz radio system to support the SCADA network, and the 450 MHz two way radio system that provides communications and guidance to the various maintenance groups on the pipeline and in the storage facility
Work non-traditional hours (12-hour shift rotation is required to maintain a 24x7x365 operation)
Manage schedules
Accurately monitor pressure, flow, gravity, tank levels, and other operating parameters
Analyze and understand data and trends
Control and monitor valve and pump status from the Operations Control Center

Pipeline Controller Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Pipeline Controller

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: PHMSA, DOT

Education for Pipeline Controller

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the pipeline controller job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Associate and Bachelor's Degree in Technical, Associates, Engineering, Business, Process Technology, Communication, Military, Supervision, Education, Math

Skills for Pipeline Controller

Desired skills for pipeline controller include:

Natural gas liquids characteristics
Pipeline flow principals and natural gas
Pipeline system processes
Training related to:
Microsoft Office Application and PC skills
& Emergency Procedures
Basic pipeline hydraulics
MOP’s Line fill’s

Desired experience for pipeline controller includes:

Must be accountable and self-driven to learn, and to continuously develop and improve his/her skills through both formalized and on-the-job training
Must be willing and able to perform essential functions of this position in an indoor, office environment and be able to work unscheduled overtime
Must be able to demonstrate, through previous job experience, training, and activities, his or her ability to understand the operation of various mechanical and technical equipment or systems
Must successfully pass the COBRA (Console Operator Basic Requirements Assessment) aptitude test, if the candidate does not possess at least 3 years of Pipeline Controller experience
Be able and willing to work a rotating 12 hour shift schedule, to include weekends and holidays
Must be able to visually distinguish multi-color panel alarms

Pipeline Controller Examples


Pipeline Controller Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a pipeline controller. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for pipeline controller
  • Flawlessly control and monitor product and or crude changes
  • Perform to highest safety standards, including reporting all incidents and discrepancies Maintain compliance with Control Room Management Regulations
  • Understand and execute shipping schedules
  • A PC directs, controls, and monitors the delivery and change of products at remote locations utilizing computer-controlled field equipment
  • The Pipeline Controller training period, can vary by individual, is up to 6-months
  • This position is responsible to protect the public, the environment and the financial performance of the company’s pipeline operations
  • Determine load requirements using company approved forecasting model
  • Analyze and assist in identification and resolution of communication problems
  • Monitor and/or assist in determining load requirements using company approved forecasting model
  • Monitor and assist with resolution of telemetering problems
Qualifications for pipeline controller
  • Must have sufficient mobility to evacuate the control center in an emergency and immediately transport self to an alternate control center in either Houston or San Antonio
  • Proven understanding of and concern for safety and business controls
  • Knowledge of oil products, operating terminal equipment and technology
  • 2-3 years of chemical or oil and gas industry experience is preferred
  • Minimum three (3) years experience in the Oil, Chemical, or Natural Gas Industry preferred
  • Bachelor's Degree or Military Service with Honorable Discharge preferred if no industry experience

Pipeline Controller Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of pipeline controller. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for pipeline controller
  • Ensure standard operating procedures and complete documentation requirements required logs
  • Identify resource deficiencies and report in accordance with procedures
  • Monitor system pipeline quality
  • Responsible for personal safety, the safety of co-workers and promoting Goal Zero work environment
  • Takes personal leadership role in daily activities, task planning, incident investigations and work performance as they relate to the Enterprise’s key focus areas of Safety, Environmental, Quality, Reliability, and Cost of operation
  • Provides accurate and timely communication to co-workers, and works with other functions to improve individual and team performance
  • Expected to serve and participate on committees dealing with investigations, policy and procedure development and special groups designed to improve the work place environment
  • Participates in the training and skill development of other Controllers
  • Monitors and operates the Equistar Pipeline’s systems to provide quality service to customers / suppliers of the organization and meet all designated monthly quotas and / or scheduled transfers of products and commodities
  • Monitors and maintains the process of outside facilities, including remote operation of the facility equipment and direction of the facility operator
Qualifications for pipeline controller
  • Ability to work shift hours required
  • A passing score of 80 or greater on the COBRA (Console Operator Basic Requirements Assessment) test is required
  • Knowledge and understanding of SCADA, , other computer applications utilized within Pipeline Control
  • Associate’s degree, preferably in a technical discipline, or equivalent industry or military experience
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screening and process management aptitude test (COBRA) is required to be considered for this position
  • Minimum three (3) years experience in the Oil, Chemical, or Natural Gas Industry

Pipeline Controller Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of pipeline controller. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for pipeline controller
  • This position is responsible for monitoring and maintaining operational records of the process system, constantly upgrading the system through teamwork with the SCADA group to change or tune the system within the proper parameters
  • The Pipeline Controllers are the first contact in an emergency situation
  • This position is expected to travel in the event that Control Center operations are re-located from the primary Control Center location (CLK) due to annual testing of systems, Hurricane evacuation, other site evacuation and / or training at off-site locations
  • Monitor and control the pipeline flows and pressures to ensure scheduled products are transported in a safe and timely manner
  • Recognize and respond to abnormal and emergency pipeline operations
  • Use the SCADA system to set and respond to alarms, monitor the leak detection system and track pipeline pigs and/or batches
  • Respond to calls from landowners concerning issues on the pipeline ROW and direct the calls to IEC personnel for action
  • Respond to emergency PAOne Calls received by IEC
  • Monitor and maintain product inventory logs for the pipeline system and completes daily, weekly and monthly reports
  • Communicate and coordinate with refinery personnel the timing of tank switches for the pipeline
Qualifications for pipeline controller
  • 2-3 years of Chemical or Oil and Gas industry experience is strongly preferred
  • Must have experience and basic computer skills including the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and email software
  • Must be able to sit and or stand at the console for a 12-hour shift, or longer, with the exception of occasional breaks
  • Ability to operate tools and equipment required
  • Ability to remain stationary for extended periods
  • Ability to verbalize information or instructions utilizing telephone and two-way radios

Pipeline Controller Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a pipeline controller. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for pipeline controller
  • Monitor video security cameras and notify Supervisor Operations of any observed intrusions
  • Safely operates and monitors pipeline systems during normal pipeline operations including start-up, shutdown, flow adjustments and product changes
  • Reviews and responds to alarms by priority in a timely manner and follows Alarm Management response guidelines for the console
  • Identifies and troubleshoots product quality and measurement issues with technical support from field team members
  • Interprets SCADA data to make informed operational decisions Maintains a daily shift record of events, reliability, and equipment malfunctions as it relates to Control Center Console and field pipeline activities
  • Recognizes and responds to abnormal conditions on the pipeline system(s)
  • Controller must have good communication skills
  • Position consists of rotating 12 hour shifts which will include day shift and night, weekends and holidays work schedule required
  • Coordinates and balances the fuel gas, feedstocks, ethylene and other olefin products coming into the pipelines on a twenty-four (24) hour basis
  • Monitors telephone, radio, and microwave systems
Qualifications for pipeline controller
  • Associates or two year technical degree in mechanical, electronic or related field experience preferred
  • Ability to stay stationary for extended periods
  • Communicate and/or exchange information and instructions verbally
  • GED or HS Diploma is required
  • Required to be fit for duty while working in a 24/7 environment with 12 hour rotating shift schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Intermediate knowledge of field and/or plant experience within the oil and gas industry preferred, controller experience a plus

Pipeline Controller Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of pipeline controller. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for pipeline controller
  • Monitors all telephone and emergency communication systems, and assists the Pipeline Emergency Coordinator during plant and/or pipeline emergencies
  • The Product Controller is responsible for initiating immediate action in regards to pipeline emergencies, to include reporting to state and local law enforcement agencies, National Transportation Safety Personnel, and any other agency or company associated with an emergency
  • Commodity quality
  • Volumetric balancing
  • Maintain and review a periodic record of SCADA data on the measurement and operations activities of the pipeline system(s)
  • Monitor incoming/outgoing volumes, product quality
  • Operate and monitor the pipeline systems
  • Make decisions based on pipeline systems and the impact of this interrelationship on pipeline performance
  • Apply industry, plant, company, equipment, scientific, technical, tool, safety and personnel terminology
  • Make decisions and determine corrective actions and responses for specific problems
Qualifications for pipeline controller
  • Proficiency with SCADA programs is preferred
  • Bachelors level degree with business, engineering or mechanical orientation is preferred if no prior experience
  • Working knowledge of computer systems used for operations process control (DCS/SCADA)
  • Incumbent must be able to work 12-hour rotating shift and provide overtime coverage
  • The Critical Essential Competencies for this position are Customer Focus, Drive for Results, Broad Perspective, Process and Safety Management, Interpersonal Capability and Motivating Others
  • Associate’s degree, preferably in a technical discipline, or equivalent experience

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