The natural gas we use for heating and cooking comes from natural gas fields in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Canada. Main lines feed the gas from these sources to our homes and businesses through steel pipelines under pressure as high as 1,700 lbs. Union pipeliners face, line up, weld, and join these pipes.
Training as a pipeliner begins with about 5 years as a welder’s helper. This is not an apprenticeship, but does result in journeyperson status as soon as you reach journeyperson skill level in welding. Once you reach journeyperson status, you may work on the main line or train to work in distribution. Local 25 offers a one-week course to train plastic piping fusers for the distribution field. Classes are taught by certified journeypeople who have completed annual instructor training programs provided by the United Association.