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Pipeline Transportation Labourer

NOC #75110, #75119

  • Environment Primarily outdoor work
  • Education High school diploma
  • Average salary $32,000 to $84,000

Career profile

Pipeline transportation labourers provide the manual labour assistance to tradespeople for the preparation, construction, and post-construction phases of a pipeline project. They are generally members of a crew comprised of tradespersons, operators, and labourers.

Typical roles include the following:

  • Pre-construction workers remove obstructions from a pipeline right-of-way. They create a uniform grade so that equipment and trucks can manoeuvre the right-of-way easily. They also excavate trenches on the right-of-way for pipe placement and help place the pipe end-to-end in preparation for welding.
  • Construction workers assist in bending the pipe to fit with land contours. They help to position and align pipe for welding. They also apply primer, protective coating, and final wrapping on the pipe.
  • Post-construction workers cover the pipeline with topsoil that was previously removed and ensure the right-of-way is returned to its original state.
  • Maintenance/terminal/station workers assist in preventive maintenance, repair and upgrading of pipelines, pumping stations and pipeline facilities/oil tank farms.
  • Line walkers patrol the pipeline on foot, horseback or other means to identify any leaks, washouts, breaks in joints or damaged communication infrastructure.
Exploration and production, Carbon capture, utilization and storage, Well site decommissioning

In this occupation activities may include:

  • Loading pipe
  • Organizing sections of pipeline in preparation for welding
  • Installing sleeves on damaged or corroded pipe and performing general maintenance on pipelines including pipe fittings and equipment relocations.
  • Assisting other trades and operators that operate specialized coating equipment
  • Digging as required to create a uniform grade so that equipment such as ditchers, backhoes, side boom bulldozers and trucks can move onto and along the right-of-way easily


  • A high school diploma (or equivalent) is preferred, and on-the-job training is typically provided by employers. These are entry-level occupations.


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • H2S Alive®
  • Transportation of dangerous goods (TDG)
  • Confined space entry
  • Ground disturbance


  • Some occupations will require a valid driver’s licence and a clean driving record

  • Minimal or no travel
  • Shiftwork/variable work hours
  • Primarily outdoor work
  • Physical work
  • Safety-sensitive environment
  • Work away from home/in camps

You bring stamina. You’re a team player and have strong vision, depth perception and hand, eye and foot coordination.

  • Service orientation
  • Attention to detail
  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Public safety and security knowledge
  • Installing equipment
  • Active listening
  • Building and construction knowledge
  • Controlling operations
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Equipment selection
  • Operation monitoring