Pipeline Operator I

Plains All American Pipeline LP

Cotulla, TX

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Plains All American (PAA) is an industry-leading transportation and midstream provider specializing in transportation, storage, processing and marketing solutions for crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs). We own an extensive network of pipeline transportation, terminalling, storage and gathering assets in key crude oil and NGL producing basins and transportation corridors and at major market hubs in the United States and Canada. On average, PAA handles more than 6 million barrels per day of crude oil and NGL in its Transportation segment. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

We are looking for highly-motivated individuals who enjoy working as part of a team in a dynamic and entrepreneurial work environment. Our Operations department is a talented group of professionals who are committed to conducting our business in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the public, our employees and contractors, our assets, and the environment. We want consistent and predictable operations done the right way, every time.

Job Purpose/Summary:

The Pipeline Operator operates and maintains identified pipeline assets and facilities including, pipelines, tanks, pipeline pumping stations, LACTs and gathering facilities, to ensure accurate and safe transportation and storage of products.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for petroleum product movements in and out of pipeline pump stations; uses tools and techniques to accurately assess, quantify and quality crude oil and/or refined products; and is responsible for storage of products, and custody transfer activities with connecting carriers and customers
  • Routinely inspects pumps and valves for proper operation.
  • Responsible for accurate quality and quantity measurement of crude oil according to Plains procedures and reporting of same.
  • Performs monthly DOT tankage inspections, fire extinguisher inspections, and maintains associated records.
  • Inspects perimeter fencing, locks, etc. to maintain proper facility, pipeline and ROW security and addresses and reports any infractions.
  • Inspects and assures that routine and DOT compliance maintenance is performed on ROW, equipment and valves.
  • Maintains communications with Pipeline Control Center.
  • Acts as witness to meter proving, crude oil shipment from lease to delivery point and run pipeline pigs as needed.
  • Perform other pipeline related tasks or projects as deemed necessary by Operations Supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have pipeline knowledge and experience, and capability to take on a wide range of pipeline responsibilities and ability to manage pump station, pipeline and lease crude oil shipping responsibilities resulting in safe operating conditions and in compliance with government regulations.
  • Ability to read and comprehend technical operational manuals
  • Basic math and computer /PC skills.
  • As job proficiency is attained, ability to calculate fluid flow, determine and perform batch scheduling and coordinate related activities and use basic sampling equipment.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license to drive company vehicles.
  • Ability to speak read and write English.
  • Must be organized and proficient in record keeping.
  • Must possess or obtain operator qualifications as deemed by the Operations Supervisor and complete Haz-Mat training, safety programs and meet minimum D.O.T. requirements.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and be able to work alone and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to occasionally lift or carry moderately heavy equipment up to 50 pounds, working, stooping, kneeling, bending, climbing and walking distances in all types of terrain.
  • Works outdoors in open environment with extremes of heat and cold.
  • Able to accommodate travel, overtime, extreme weather, and participate in “on-call” rotation as required.

Our employees drive our success. At PAA hard work is rewarded with competitive compensation and a top-tier benefits program designed to keep you safe, healthy and happy. We work hard to deliver the best results to our stakeholders and we also respect our employees need for personal and family time, which is reflected in our great benefits program.

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