Pipeline Operator – Lead

at ONEOK, Inc.
Location Watford City, North Dakota
Date Posted July 8, 2022
Category Mining / Oil / Gas
Job Type Not Specified


- Fortune 500 company. 100+ years in business. Leading midstream service provider. Safety first. Sustainable operations. Environmentally responsible. Employee focused.

We are on the hunt for a diverse group of talented, high-caliber employees to join our team. ONEOK is recognized as an employer of choice in the natural gas and natural gas liquids industry and offers competitive pay; professional development; excellent benefits; a strong commitment to safety; community engagement; and a caring, inclusive work culture.


Job Profile Summary

Direct or perform a specialized level of work in a lead capacity related to gas and/or liquids pipeline system operations.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

* Perform, coordinate and/or oversees, diagnoses and troubleshoots complex pipeline operations and maintenance activities on systems including compressor stations, gas storages, dehydration facilities, pumping facilities, measurement facilities, and related equipment which may include, but is not limited to:
* Startup and shutdown
* Pigging
* Collecting liquids
* Changing charts
* Gauging tanks
* Locating and marking lines
* Monitoring cathodic protection/basic pipe coatings
* Leakage survey/patrolling pipelines
* Blowing drips
* Perform, dispatch, and/or train on line locates
* Construction watch and/or oversee construction activities

* Monitor usage and/or replace lubricants, fluids, inhibitors, chemicals, etc., as needed to ensure safe and efficient operation of equipment
* Exchange information regarding pipeline operations, maintenance, measurement, and other activities with public/governmental officials, employees, contractors, customers, producers, and landowners
* Establishing more complex calculations, compile, and/or prepare information and reports, assisting others on matters including, but not limited to:
* Gas/Liquid flow and quality
* Maintenance and/or repair logs
* Samples (gas/liquids)
* Pipeline/corrosion activities
* Construction inspection
* Appropriate regulatory requirements

* Drive and ensure maintenance is completed on assigned company vehicles
* May have oversight of employees engaged in pipeline operations, maintenance, and other activities
* Anticipate changes in work demands and identify assignments or training to meet those demands
* Recommend new processes and formulate new ideas; take lead role to execute implementation of new processes
* Determine materials required for operations and prepare appropriate purchase requisitions
* Ensure compliance with company policies related to OSHA, EPA, and DOT requirements, preparing appropriate documentation
* React immediately to emergency situations to prevent injury to self and others
* Responsibilities may include Department of Transportation (DOT) covered functions, including operations, maintenance, or emergency response on a pipeline. Job duties also require the employee to be alert and respond immediately to dangerous or hazardous conditions, and where impaired performance, or failure to follow safety precautions, could result in serious injury or property damage.


* None Required.

Work Experience

* Following job related experience required:
* Experience in monitoring, operating and maintaining pipeline systems and related equipment utilized in natural gas and liquids gathering and transmission systems
* Experience in various field functions including measurement, cathodic protection, and compressor/pump station operations.
* Experience in maintenance and the repair of equipment.
* Experience and training related to:
* Company and governmental operating/safety procedures and environmental regulations
* Characteristics of natural gas and gas liquids
* Pigging pipelines, blowing drips, gauging tanks, and collecting liquids
* Construction methods
* Transmission and/or gathering system operations
* Emergency response procedures
* Communication skills

* Experience in working with valves and dehydration equipment, scrubbers, and separators.
* Experience in use and function of applications such as: Microsoft Excel, Project, Access, Word, etc.
* Experience interacting, negotiating, advising and communicating effectively and in exchanging written and verbal information and instructions.
* Experience with cathodic protection/corrosion control activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

* Ability to: use tools and equipment including computers and related software
* Ability to: establish, manage, prioritize, and assist others with multiple complex assignments with competing deadlines in a timely manner requesting assistance as needed
* Ability to: apply math, algebraic formulas and programmed based statistical methods
* Ability to: apply the use of formulas to estimate or calculate flow rates and volumes
* Ability to: use logic and reasoning to identify alternate solutions or approaches to a problem
* Ability to: communicate thoughts, ideas, information, messages and other written information, which may contain technical material, in a logical, organized and coherent manner
* Ability to: supervise, direct and/or delegate work assignments

Licenses and Certifications

* None required

Strength Factor Rating - Physical Demands/Requirements

* Heavy Work - Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Medium Work.

Strength Factor Description - Physical Demands/Requirements

* Standing: Remaining on one's feet in an upright position at a work station without moving about (Frequently)
* Walking: Moving about on foot (Frequently)
* Sitting: Remaining in a seated position (Occasionally)
* Lifting: Raising or lowering an object from one level to another (includes upward pulling) (Occasionally)
* Carrying: Transporting an object, usually holding it in the hands or arms, or on the shoulder (Occasionally)
* Pushing: Exerting force upon an object so that the object moves away from the force (Occasionally)
* Pulling: Exerting force upon an object so that the object moves toward the force (includes jerking) (Occasionally)
* Climbing: Ladders, Stairs (Occasionally)
* Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling (Occasionally)
* Stooping: Bending the body downward and forward by bending the spine at the waist (Occasionally)
* Kneeling: Bending the legs at the knees to come to rest on the knee or knees (Occasionally)
* Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending the legs and spine (Occasionally)
* Crawling: Moving about on the hands and arms in any direction (Occasionally)
* Reaching: Extending hands and arms in any direction (Constantly)
* Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with the hand or hands (Manual Dexterity) (Constantly)
* Fingering: Picking, pinching or otherwise working with the fingers primarily (Finger Dexterity) (Constantly)
* Feeling: Perceiving such attributes of objects/materials as size, shape, temperature, texture, movement or pulsation by receptors in the skin, particularly those of the finger tips (Constantly)
* Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas/information by means of the spoken word (Frequently)
* Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sound by the ear (Constantly)
* Tasting/Smelling: (Occasionally)
* Near Vision: Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less (Constantly)
* Far Vision: Clarity of vision at 20 feet for more (Constantly)
* Depth Perception: Three-dimensional vision; ability to judge distances and spatial relationships so as to see objects where and as they actually are (Constantly)
* Vision: Color - The ability to identify and distinguish colors (Constantly)

Working Conditions/Environment

* Employee is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions

Working Conditions

* Well lighted, climate controlled areas (Frequently)
* Outdoor weather conditions (Frequently)
* Wet or humid conditions (not weather related) (Frequently)
* Extreme cold (not weather related) (Frequently)
* Extreme heat (not weather related) (Frequently)
* Dust, fumes, gases (Frequently)
* Moving mechanical parts (Frequently)
* Potential electric shock (Frequently)
* Prolonged exposure to vibration (Frequently)
* High pitched noises/loud noises (Frequently)
* Unprotected heights (Frequently)
* Frequent repetitive motion (Constantly)
* CRT (Computer Monitor(s)) (Constantly)


* Travel to other locations up to 30% within assigned geographic region(s) required


* Based on assigned tasks, employee may be assigned a company vehicle requiring the applicable driver's license

ONEOK is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, national origin, gender identity, disability, military/veteran status, genetic information or any other categories protected by applicable law.

The job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of ONEOK.
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