What Do Gas Pipeline Inspectors Do?

Gas pipeline inspector jobs can be a lucrative profession but it can also be quite challenging as you will need to perform a host of tasks that require specialized training. Given these facts, it is not surprising the profession can only be undertaken only by people with the right mindset and talent.

The Need for Quality Inspectors
The need for an inspector to check on gas pipes is obvious. Gas pipes transmit and carry large volumes of substances on a consistent basis. Apart from gas, some of these pipes are also used for transporting other types of substances and chemicals, usually over extended distances. If the pipe is not in good condition, the substance might leak and lead to accidents or health hazards.

Quick and Thorough Inspections
Because the content of these pipes are very delicate, a gas pipeline inspector has to perform the tests and evaluations using Non Destructive Testing (NDT). Not only must their methods be non destructive but they must also perform their inspection quickly and in a way that will not disrupt its operation.

Pigging
Methods used by gas pipeline inspectors focus on non-invasive techniques for checking up pipelines and detecting faults. One of the most common methods used by inspectors is pigging. Pigging involves the use of “pigs” or special gauges which are inserted into a pipeline without affecting its activity. Pigging involves using the pressure of the pipeline for propelling to the dimensions needed for the inspection.

Pigging is a very popular and efficient method, so anyone who wants to take a gas pipeline inspection job has to learn how to use this method among others. It is not perfect though, as complications can arise with regards to sustainability.

The difficulties may arise due to the pipe’s "piggability" and one of the factors that affect it is the pipe payload. For instance, the properties of the pipe might get in the way of the sophisticated equipment that is set on the “pig”. These “pigs” by the way, are fitted with sensors so they are called “intelligent pigs”.

Other Info
An inspector will also perform inspections concerning other potential problems with pipes like its walls and connections. In addition, they must also make sure that the pipeline is safe from external damage and that it won’t be damaged by external forces. At the end of the evaluation, an inspector has to prepare a report, make a thorough assessment and make recommendations if needed.

It must be pointed out that an inspector is not called to check a pipe when damage has been detected. They check pipes regularly so that problems can be prevented from occurring in the first places.

Getting a Job
These days you can find gas pipeline jobs on the Internet, and not just from your area but also overseas job openings as well. There are several websites that provide listings of job openings. All the info you need to know such as the requirements and contact number are right there.

Also, other sites allow you to upload your resume so companies looking for a qualified candidate (in this case, a gas pipeline inspector) can get in touch with you directly.

If you are going to look for work in this industry, you need to have an educational background in engineering or a related field.
Author Bio: Melissa Walker is a freelance online writer who has written several articles on a variety of subjects including construction, engineering and other related industries for http://www.pipelinejobs.org/. She is also an illustrator and loves to paint in her spare time. She is currently living in Miami, Florida and works for http://www.jobprimer.com/.
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