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Pipeline / Compressor Technician

Date: Jan 7, 2019

Location: Chantilly, VA, US

Company: TransCanada

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Pipeline / Compressor Technician 

Reference Code: 57163 


Location: United States (US)  - Chantilly, VA 
Job Category: Pipeline/Power Operations; Trades/Technical
Employment Type: Employee Full-time
Relocation Eligibility: This position is not eligible for our relocation program   

General Information

Reporting to the Operations Team Leader, the Columbia Gas Transmission Pipeline / Compressor Technician acts as "Operations Leadperson" responsible for any one or a combination of duties pertaining to, but not limited to, production, storage, pipeline, oil, and measurement facilities and services. In addition, this position will act as a fill in operator during absences of the normally assigned facility operator or whenever continuous, around the clock manning of the assigned facility is required.


*This position is represented by the United Steelworkers Local 573 and the filling of the position is subject to the terms and conditions of the governing collective agreement.


*We anticipate filling this position locally, therefore it is not eligible for cross-border or domestic relocation programs.



Pipeline Operations

Daily, Periodic, and/or Irregular Duties:

  •  May periodically operate a light truck.  The incumbent will have progressed through the utility hierarchy;
  •  Performs a variety of duties relative to production and storage, such as: assisting in selecting and preparing well sites and roads to proposed well sites; assisting in selecting well site as to accessibility and workability; assisting in selecting road considering right-of-way, best route and land conditions; helping surveyors by cutting brush, holding rods, etc.; laying temporary water and gas lines to new drilling sites: gauging open flow of well using manometer; testing open flow and rock pressure; assisting in conducting special back pressure test on wells using spring gauge and dead weight; entering readings on test records:  inspecting wells for leaks; repairing leaks; reconditioning well heads; assisting Cleaning Out Man in reworking wells using cable tools, erecting, tearing down runway and reinstalling after well is reworked, loading and unloading pipe, pulling and running casing and pipe; helping Bailing Machine Operator;
  •  Performs a variety of duties relative to operation and maintenance of pipelines, such as: constructing and replacing new and existing lines and/or repairing leaks; manually transporting tools and/or materials to locations inaccessible by vehicular transportation; swamping for equipment operators; digging and backfilling ditches and bell holes; operating valves and/or regulating equipment to blow down lines; rerouting flow and/or changing pressure; installing sleeves, leak clamps, saddles, etc.; removing old line, stringing pipe joints, coating and wrapping pipe and lowering in; assisting welders, grinding beads and lining up pipe using clamps:  operating, inspecting and lubricating valves:  assisting in installing dehydrators, methanol injectors and gas separators; operating and maintaining dehydrators, methanol injectors and gas separators:  removing fluid from lines by blowing drips and syphons and locating and removing freezes in lines; clearing right-of-way utilizing hand tools, scythes and axes and chemical sprays:  maintaining public relations with farmers, landowners, consumers, contractors and other utility people:  making taps on pipelines for consumer meters and rebuilding service taps when replacing lines:  patrolling pipelines and using explosimeter to locate leaks and preparing leak reports; walking lines in mountainous terrain making visual inspection for land slides, washouts and leakage:  informing farmers and contractors, etc., of existing line depth and location to prevent damage, and reporting conditions found to Supervisor:  assisting Corrosion Technician in field testing, installing, operating and maintaining anodes, rectifiers and ground beds:  installing cathodic protection by cad welding anodes on pipelines;
  •  Performs various measurement activities, such as: changing gas measurement charts, entering explanation of meter conditions or questionable items on charts: assisting in installing and/or repairing meters and regulators: reading consumer meters: and taking readings on odorizers;
  •  Performs such activities such as: performing painting, masonry and carpentry to maintain structures, such as, warehouses, measuring stations, valve settings, road gates, fences, fence stiles, pipeline markers, etc., and operating equipment, such as, power winch, pneumatic tools (pavement breakers, jack hammers and tampers), tapping machine, chainsaws, chippers, portable generators and water pumps and using hand tools, such as, picks, shovels, pipe and ratchet wrenches, dies, pipe cutters, etc.


Compressor Operations:

  • Operating compressor units in accordance with gas control, which requires knowledge of start-up and shutdown procedures and operating limits of station equipment to make operations safe and efficient; carries out instructions for changes in pressures and flows as required;
  • Must have ability to understand piping operating drawings, interpret and/or record reading on instruments, charts and gauges and their related mechanical equipment and automatic controls, blow vessels and drips, changing charts, keep equipment oil and water tanks filled, cleaning and housekeeping of facilities, ascertains that equipment is functioning properly and attempt to rectify malfunctioning equipment by making operating adjustments and/or reporting to proper CPG personnel, check pressure gauges and valve positioners for proper operations, assists Project Delivery with contractors and vendors while on-site during minor projects, trains new employees, maintain inventory and supplies.


Reporting and Recordkeeping:

  • Maintaining necessary reports;
  • Reporting pressures to gas control;
  • Assist in the compilation of shipping manifests, and completes various reports as required;
  • Uses computer for various tasks including but not limited to, time entry, e-mail, environmental reporting, station reporting;
  • Capturing and reporting work in SAP.


Testing and Inspection:

  • Conducting water tests and treatment;
  • Monitoring dew point of gas;
  • Periodically inspecting the following types of equipment for proper functioning:  engines and compressors, oil and water, methanol/biocide, vacuum pumps, fans, boilers, condensing equipment, heat exchangers, air compressors, storage batteries, electric motors and generators, valves and piping, tank/dike facilities, line heaters, gas cleaning and conditioning equipment;
  • Assists in performing tests and inspections as required;
  • Inspects and maintains all safety related equipment.;
  • Performs atmospheric corrosion inspections;
  • May be required to be NDI/NDT certified.



  •  Makes minor repairs and/or adjustments to equipment as needed;
  • Change filters;
  • Paints equipment and buildings;
  • Performs periodic valve maintenance;
  • May be required to assist with prime mover and compressor overhauls;
  • May be required to perform or assist with station maintenance as required.




  • Adhere to company Safety policies and procedures;
  • Adhere to environmental policies by collecting samples, following appropriate reporting procedures and associated clean-up of any spills;
  • Must be confined-space entry trained;
  • Knowledgeable of appropriate health and safety training in order to adhere;
  • Assists in planning of work and participates as necessary in safety and/or team meetings and discussions.


Qualifications & Education


  • Demonstrates the ability to operate the facility in a safe, compliant and efficient manner;
  • Possess the required op-qual tasks for the position.


Education / Experience

  • High school diploma or GED required;
  • Basic computer skills required.


*This position requires candidates to:

  • Have and maintain a valid driver’s license and safe driving record;
  • Successfully complete a pre-employment medical screening, including drug and alcohol testing;
  • Be willing to work rotating shifts, in addition to change of shift on short notice;
  • Be subject to call-out and overtime;
  • Be exposed to extreme weather conditions;
  • Travel to other company locations for temporary assignments, meetings or training which would involve some overnight stays away from home.


*Depending on the qualifications of the applicants, the successful candidate may be offered a position at a more appropriate level and/or ladder.

Applicants must have legal authorization to work in the country in which the position is based with no restrictions.

All positions require background screening. Some include criminal and/or credit checks in order to comply with regulations.

Please apply to this posting by 01/17/2019. To apply, please visit through your desktop or laptop. Use reference code 57163. Only applications submitted through the TransCanada Careers website will be acknowledged.

TransCanada is an equal opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program supervised by the U.S. Government.

Make what you do matter.

At TransCanada we dream big, think big and do big things. For over 60 years, we've had the vision and scale to deliver big things that matter to the world. From supplying reliable and efficient energy to millions of North Americans with our pipelines, gas storage and power generation facilities, we believe in making big things possible. 

TransCanada is looking for people who are willing to think about the future...and think big. We're looking for people who are ready to take on the most significant challenges of their careers and define energy infrastructure in North America.

Thank you for choosing TransCanada in your career search.



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