Pipeline Technician Intern (Oakland, IA)

Northern Natural Gas

Primary Job Duties And Responsibilities (Essential Job Function)

Development of technical or vocational college students who are pursuing an associate degree in applied science in a technical discipline. A Pipeline Technician Intern will be exposed to a variety of pipeline and compressor station operations, pipeline maintenance and other project activities that will provide an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in college and demonstrate abilities in the workplace.

Typical Duties

Under the direction of the operations manager or team leader, support the teams and region specialists with daily operations, maintenance tasks, project activities or administrative duties.

Perform Any Additional Responsibilities As Requested Or Assigned.

Technical Skill Areas

Pipeline Technician Interns are multi-skilled employees who support Northern’s operational goals in each of the following technical areas based on company needs.

Controls – Install, maintain and troubleshoot programmable logic controllers, human machine interfaces, motor control centers, and medium and low voltage power distribution and pneumatic control devices utilized in pipeline operations.

Measurement – Program, maintain, operate and troubleshoot gas measurement equipment including gas meters, control valves, relief valves, regulators and associated software, as well as monitoring gas and quality control equipment.

Corrosion – Install, maintain and troubleshoot corrosion protection equipment to ensure pipeline integrity. NACE CP1 Tester certification is preferred.

Mechanical – Install, maintain, troubleshoot, overhaul and repair rotating and reciprocating compression equipment.

Liquefied Natural Gas Operations – Ensure reliable operation and maintenance of processes required to make liquefied natural gas.

Underground Storage Operations – Ensure reliable operation and maintenance of processes required to store and deliver natural gas from underground reservoirs.

Compressor Station Operations – Ensure reliable operation of compressor station equipment.

Pipeline – Perform pigging operations, damage prevention measures and pipeline right of way maintenance.

Equipment Operation – Transport, inspect, maintain and operate various mobile heavy equipment including backhoes, boom trucks, semi-trucks, dump trucks, excavators, skid loaders, etc. Additional endorsements for hazmat and liquefied natural gas transportation are available.

Welding – Pipeline welders must be qualified in API 1104 and ASME standards to weld on natural gas pipelines. Structural welders must be qualified in AWS standards.

Environmental – Maintain environmental standards, environmental activities and regulatory compliance for assigned locations.

Areas Of Study Include

Student currently enrolled in a technical or associate of applied science degree program from an accredited college.

  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Diesel Technology or Diesel Mechanics
  • Natural Gas Technology or Natural Gas Transmission
  • Natural Gas Measurement
  • Gas Industrial Mechanics
  • Natural Gas Compression Technology
  • Electro-mechanical System Technology or Electrical Maintenance Technology
  • Electronic Engineering Technology, Electronic System Technology, Electrical System Technology, Automated Systems Engineering, Instrument & Control Technology or Industrial Automation Technology
  • Corrosion Technology

Proficiency with personal computer and various software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, etc.).

Effective oral and written communication skills.

Effective analytical and problem-solving skills.

Support the company’s employee policies and procedures, including workplace safety rules.

Comfortable operating various computer applications including Microsoft Office programs.

Ability to read and understand pipeline maps and alignment sheets

Mechanical aptitude

Ability to work safely independently

Attend work on a regular basis and support the company’s employee policies and procedures, including workplace safety rules.

Able to work outdoors in all types of climate conditions.

Able to work in close quarters, work while kneeling, squatting, sitting, climbing and standing; also able to climb up and down ladders, stairs and platforms.

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without an accommodation.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.



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United States


Northern Natural Gas


Full time

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