Construction employment opportunities on a pipeline project typically span a wide variety of responsibilities, skill levels and trade specializations. Employment opportunities range from labourers to highly skilled and experienced tradespersons and managers.
For many of the most skilled positions, previous pipeline or industrial construction experience will be important, but many jobs require skills that are transferable from other industries; for example, heavy-equipment operators.
Individuals must be able to converse in English, have a commitment to safety and the ability to work hard in a team environment. Workers may be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing.
Pipeline construction is typically separated into a number of geographical segments called spreads (a moving production line) which are active for several months in mid-winter or summer.
Spreads work in a scheduled sequence, peaking for six to eight weeks in the middle of each construction period and employing approximately 800 to 1,200 workers during the peak, and dropping to 100 to 200 workers during mobilization and wind-down.
Construction activities will include right-of-way clearing, gravel processing, acces- road development, preparation of camp and storage sites, hauling materials, grading the pipeline right-of-ways, ditching, pipe hauling and welding, pipe installation, site cleanup and reclamation.