Shell Pipeline Technician, Bakersfield, CA in Bakersfield, California


Job Title:

Pipeline Technician, Bakersfield, CA

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Job Description:

Disclaimer: The San Joaquin Valley assets are currently being marketed for sale. The sale is subject to commercial agreement and regulatory approval and is expected to be completed in 2019. At the conclusion of the sale, the assets will no longer be owned or operated by Shell Midstream. Employment with Shell Midstream beyond the completion of the sale of the asset is not guaranteed.

The Pipeline Technician is part of the Operations group which reports to the Maintenance Supervisor. In this role, the Pipeline Technician supports facility operations, pipeline integrity and measurement within the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) System. The SJV System consists primarily of 19 Stations (includes 8 heated stations and 7 tank farms) and 300+ miles of intrastate pipelines carrying heated crude north to Martinez Refineries and south to Emidio Station.

The successful candidate will be committed to the Safe, Clean, Reliable and Efficient operation of Shell (SJV Pipeline and Station Assets) The successful candidate will perform general pipeline and pump station maintenance activities. This includes interfacing with and directing the work of contractors. Personnel also supports other customer needs to assure all field equipment is safe and reliable for operation. The role requires the ability to communicate well at all levels in the organization to assure customers’ needs are met on time and within the agreed upon budget.

Duties will include but not limited to:

  • Responsible for the on-going maintenance and housekeeping of pipeline systems and pump stations; which includes but not limited to monitoring oil levels and operations of pumps, checking packing and leaks on station equipment, inspecting and reporting issue of integrity of tanks, mixers, valves, and gauges, utilize the station monitor system to run an operation assessment to ensure station is running with standards, and perform all required site inspections within specified timelines.

  • Right-of-way maintenance and inspection to ensure accessibility, operability, and security; conducting regulator inspection on mainline block valves, maintaining pipeline markers, and reporting right-of-way access issues for maintenance.

  • Responsible for completing regulatory documents and manuals and ensure they are on site.

  • Lead/direct contract workers in support activities such as general maintenance, construction, vacuum trucks, pigging activities

  • Conduct standby activities for third party damage excavation when working around Shell pipelines to ensure 3 rd party compliance with Shell standards and pipeline regulations

  • Required to work with Asset Integrity group in assisting with running smart tools, purging pipeline systems and performing pipeline repairs.

  • Opening of pipeline systems for installation and removal of internal pipeline cleaning and inspection tools

  • Actively support and participate in the LEAN processes, audits, inspections, and other Pipeline Initiatives

  • Complete and stay in compliance with all Operator Qualification and HSSE training


This role is considered an “individual contributor” position; however, there will be situations where it is necessary to lead contractors, inspectors and field personnel in the execution of maintenance work.

Skills & Requirements:

  • Prefer 2 years’ experience working as a Terminal, Depot, or Pipeline Operator or relevant Military experience

  • Experience working in Construction or Mechanical related trade

  • Experience demonstrating safe work practices and compliance in a hazardous work environment

Tangible Skills and Experience:

  • Have a strong working knowledge of hand tools, power tools, and construction activity such that they have the ability to monitor and oversee 3 rd activities

  • Preferred experience overseeing and influencing 3 rd party contract workers

  • Required experience in conducting Job Hazard Analysis

  • Preferred experience in obtaining and issuing Work Permits

  • Preferred experience in applying Lockout/Tag Out

  • Must have proficiency in working on a computer, using standard operating programs, and entering information into systems

  • Must be proficient in planning, coordinating, and executing preventative and reactive maintenance programs

  • Must be proficient in performing preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and making minor repairs to valves and pumps or other facility assets

Soft Skills:

  • Must demonstrate written and verbal communication skills required to work well and influence others

  • Must have demonstrated experience working in an environment which requires multi-tasking and the continuous re-prioritization of work tasks due to the demand of keeping the systems operational

Physical Demand:

  • Daily activities may include moderate lifting, bending, sitting, kneeling, squatting, standing, walking on even ground, climbing, twisting, pulling and pushing


  • Report to work whenever requested, and work extended hours if required, including holidays.Be available/on-call for emergency response.Be available to work evenings and weekends when necessary

  • Work outdoors in adverse weather conditions in summer and winter, as well as working and driving in highly congested traffic areas on city streets.

  • Must be able to respond to emergencies within 60 minutes

Degree and Certification:

  • Require high school diploma or equivalent; prefer AA degree in Process Technology industrial Mechanical field

  • Must have a valid driver’s License

  • Must be able to obtain a TWIC card

  • Must be able to obtain Hazardous Materials Certification

  • Must be able to obtain a HAZWOPER/OPA First Responder Certificate

  • Must be able to meet the requirements to obtain a Forklift Operator Certification

Additional Information:

The role requires regular travel across the system to meet with personnel and support reliable operations. The role also requires being on-call some weekends and or holidays as a part of a rotating schedule with other Pipeline Technicians. This position covers a large area and wide range of equipment. This position requires up-front planning to execute tasks timely and safely in areas.

An individual is expected to meet the level of proficient of a Pipeline Technician within a reasonable period of time on the job dependent on the experience they bring to the role. Once proficient, they will be expected to develop secondary skills in order to provide relief to Meter Technician and support in their own continuous development. The individual should be able to demonstrate and take initiative in developing skills to progress into the Meter Technician.

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Country of Work Location:

United States

Company Description:

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with over 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. In the US, we have operated for over a century and are a major oil and gas producer onshore and in the Gulf of Mexico, a recognized innovator in exploration and production technology, and a leading manufacturer and marketer of fuels, natural gas and petrochemicals. We deliver energy responsibly; operate safely with respect to our neighbours and work to minimize our environmental impact. We are in search of remarkable people who will thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment to deliver exciting projects locally and globally. People who are passionate about exploring new frontiers. Innovators and pioneers. People with the drive to help shape our future. Because remarkable people achieve remarkable things.


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Work Location:

Bakersfield - Ming Avenue


  • Must be authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis without the requirement of a work visa

  • Must be at least 18 years old Willing to work outside in inclement weather with or without accommodation

  • Willing to work in compact and confined spaces with or without accommodation

  • Willing to climb ladders, walk up and down steps, and work at heights with or without accommodation

  • Willing to respond to emergencies as part of the Emergency Response Team with or without accommodation To attend to emergencies, successful candidates must reside within 60 minutes of the site, or be willing to relocate to within 60 minutes of the site without relocation assistance

  • Willing to work a rotating shift work schedule

  • Willing to work overtime, holidays, nights, and weekends

  • Willing to be on call and meet call-out standards to respond to site responsibilities and emergencies

  • Possess a current, valid license to operate a motor vehicle in the United States

  • Must currently hold or be able to qualify to receive a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card. Note, information regarding TWIC qualification standards may be found at Possess or are you able to obtain Hazardous Materials certification

  • As a part of the pre-employment selection process, candidates are required to submit to and receive satisfactory results from all pre-employment background, drug, medical, and reference checks, including hair drug testing.

  • Are you willing to submit to all pre-employment checks?

  • Willing to support the company's drug-free work environment, which will include random drug screenings

  • Willing to support and comply with the company's harassment-free work environment policy

  • Willing to support and comply with the company’s safety policies and initiatives

  • Willing to support and comply with the company's diversity and inclusion work environment policies

  • Willing to attend and achieve satisfactory results on pre-employment testing.

City, State (if applicable):

Bakersfield, CA