Pipeline Specialist (Richfield, KS) at Kinder Morgan, Inc. in Richfield, Kansas

Posted in General Business 7 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Position Description

The incumbent must coordinate and complete pipeline operations and maintenance tasks and projects in support of plant, pipeline, corrosion, measurement, controls, pipeline maintenance, mechanical maintenance, machine shop, and engineering.

  • Daily responsibilities include but are not limited to assisting with hot tapping and stopple equipment, perform valve maintenance, pigging operations, pipe cleaning (internal and external), hydrostatic testing and perform leak surveys using flame ionization equipment. Incumbent may be required to lead others, train, develop training, ensure compliance, supply financial input, scope projects and oversee the supervision of contractors and contract workers.

  • Perform all phases of mobilizing, operating and maintaining heavy excavation equipment (hydrovac truck, backhoe, track hoe, side boom, dozer, and maintainers) to include excavation frequently on loaded natural gas pipelines.

  • This position reports to a Pipeline Crew Leader to ensure consistency and assurance of work performed in compliance with governmental and company policies and procedures.

Position Requirements


  • Perform excavation spotter tasks and manage excavation crossings of lines.

  • Perform trouble-shooting and valve maintenance on DOT mainline isolation valves.

  • Launch, monitor and receive pipeline pigs and develop pipeline pigging plans.

  • Disassemble meter tubes and perform internal meter tube cleaning.

  • Operate large truck and trailer hauling equipment required to transport heavy work equipment or project materials to job site.

  • Calibrate and maintain a holiday detector for coating application inspection.

  • Perform pressure tests of pipelines and fabrications.

  • Locate and mark pipelines with line detection, pipeline locating equipment or probe rods using drawing and alignment sheets for reference.

  • Repair shorted pipeline casings and install CP test points on pipelines.

  • Prepare pipelines for full encirclement sleeves for anomaly repairs.

  • Evacuate, purge and load pipelines; operate pipeline air-movers to evacuate gas lines during hot work operations.

  • Perform basic acetylene cutting and beveling operations - The position level will be commensurate with the skill level of the successful candidate.

  • This individual will be responsible for administrative tasks including ordering and receiving required replacement parts, completing personal time sheets and expense accounts, and maintaining a company vehicle.

  • Acting as a company representative when interacting with contractors and vendors.

  • Promote and embody Kinder Morgan Core Values.

  • Identify, report and correct safety and environmental concerns.

  • The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This position may perform other duties as assigned.

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Two or more years of experience in all phases of Pipeline construction, maintenance and repair to include equal experience in operating and maintaining heavy excavation equipment including hydrovac truck, backhoe, track hoe, side boom, dozer, and maintainer.
  • Must acquire and maintain a valid CDL driver license, and maintain a driving record satisfactory to the company and its insurers.

  • Individual must follow all safety, environmental and regulatory policies so tasks and assignments are completed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring proper handling and disposition of hazardous waste.

  • Knowledge of both OSHA safety regulations and DOT pipeline regulations

  • Strong mechanical skills and knowledge of heavy equipment maintenance procedures • Ability to operate heavy pipeline excavation equipment including large trucks

  • Ability to read and interpret various company policies and procedures, Operations & Maintenance (O&M) manual and blueprints.

  • Ability to respond in a timely manner to any emergency or after-hours calls.

  • Good communication skills - must be able to interface effectively with many internal and external customers, regulatory officials, company contacts, co-workers and 3rd party contractors.

  • Basic computer skills (knowledge of MS Office, operating systems, company software if applicable), trainable to custom software applications,

  • Basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals)

  • Focused on internal and external customer service

  • Ability to work with a team, take direction from supervisors and construction inspectors, with focused attention on details, work rules, and adherence to required project work schedules.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS (must be met with or without reasonable accommodations):
This position requires manual dexterity and visual acuity, as well as the ability to:

  • Lift, pull, push, and carry up to 50 lbs.

  • Exert up to 100 lbs. of physical force.

  • Stand, walk, kneel, bend, and squat for extended periods of time.

  • Twist head and back for extended periods of time.

  • Work in areas classified as confined space.

  • Climb and work from ladders, catwalks, staging, and platforms.

  • Ascend and descend slopes and ditches.

  • Work with hands above head, lying on back.

  • Work in adverse weather and/or extreme temperature conditions.


  • The individual will normally be working outdoors, in a pipeline construction type of environment

  • Must be available for call outs 24/7, except during company sponsored paid time off.

  • Typical work schedule is Monday through Thursday, ten hours per day and will likely involve overtime

  • The position requires a significant amount of overnight travel to support operation areas throughout the company, working other than normal hours, overtime, schedule changes, and the ability to respond to call-outs.

Must live or relocate to live (by position start date) within 60 miles of reporting location.
The successful candidate will be required to clear a DOT drug screen and a complete background check after an offer has been extended and prior to being employed.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.