Introduction to the Pipeline Industry

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It could be said that petroleum products keep America running. Petroleum products, like oil and natural gas, are the principal sources of energy in the United States and are used in many manufacturing and chemical processes. Petroleum products are primarily transported by pipeline. There are more than a million miles of liquid and natural gas pipeline in the United States, ranging in diameter from two inches to four feet. These pipelines bring crude oil and natural gas from production fields to processing plants and refineries – and ultimately to the consumer.

The Introduction to the Pipeline Industry curriculum introduces the foundational concepts required to safely work on and around pipelines.  Key content includes an introduction to the industry, tools, documentation, pneumatics, hydraulics, communications, operations, and release identification and response.  Prerequisites for this level include the completion of the Core Curriculum, and a level credential is obtained by completing all modules in this level and one of the following abnormal operating condition modules: AOCFG-17 – Abnormal Operating Conditions – Field and Gas, or AOCCC-17 – Abnormal Operating Conditions – Control Center.

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Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a vital part of NCCER's Curriculum development process. SMEs are construction and maintenance professionals who have journey-level experience and have experience teaching their trades to others. Click below to view a list of SMEs who contributed to the development of this series.

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