Jobs in Welding


Pipeliners, also known as Pipeline Welders, join and repair tubular products and metallic pipe components and assemblies as part of the construction of buildings, vessels, structures, and stand-alone pipelines.

They use a variety of welding processes and equipment, in a wide range of industrial, commercial, and construction environments. Because pipes are routinely set up in fixed positions and situated in ways that make welding difficult, pipeline welders must be well-trained and versatile.

As such, they are among the most highly skilled and sought after welders.

Entry Level Salary
National Median Pay
Real Go-Getters Make
Source: Emsi, 2022



  • Primary welding for the construction, maintenance, and repair of pipeline systems and assemblies.
  • Cutting, dismantling, straightening, or reshaping pipe sections and components.
  • Construct pipeline supports and related structures
  • Perform “hot-tapping” or the welding of “live” pipelines.
  • Maintenance of welding equipment, tools, and field service vehicle

Education and training that can lead
to a successful career may include:


Advanced Education

Associates degree in welding, metals fabrication, machining, etc.


Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program


Minimum Education

High school diploma or equivalent


Recommended Certification

AWS Certified Welder


Recommended Education

Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, machining, etc.


Recommended Training

Related pipeline work experience

Essential Skills

  • Strong mechanical and mathematical aptitude
  • Adapt to changes quickly and seamlessly
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work efficiently in all types of weather conditions
  • Knowledge of blueprints, welding symbols, piping components, and field welding techniques

Work Environment

As a pipeliner, you should also expect to travel extensively, as pipeline construction can take place anywhere in the world; from heavy populated cities to remote high mountain deserts. Opportunities are also available in shop environments.

The heat map below showcases the total number of job postings for Pipeliners in the last twelve months by state. As shown, the darker the color of the state, the higher the concentration of job postings. The heat map is intended to provide insight into areas where Pipeliner careers are currently in demand.

Top Industries

  • Natural Resources

    Oil Refineries, Cross-Country Pipelines, Mineral Processing Facilities


  • Industrial

    Chemical Processing, Food & Beverage Processing, Power Generation


  • Infrastructure

    Water & Natural Gas Utilities, Building & Mechanical Components