The westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Black Sea to the southeast, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The economic and political association of 27 European member states, the European Union (EU) has developed a single market through which a standardized system of laws apply, and under this union, sixteen member states have adopted the euro as its common currency. In 2006, the EU had a gross inland energy consumption of 1,825 million tonnes of oil equivalent, with nuclear energy as the primary source of energy produced in the region. Currently, the EU imports around 82% of its oil and 57% of its natural gas resources.
Pipe Inspectors have a general, broad knowledge base related to the maintenance, inspection and repair of piping systems. One of the methods used to inspect piping systems is NDT (non-destructive testing), in which properties of the pipe are tested without causing any damage to the material. Some NDT methods include visual inspection, thermal imaging, ultrasonic, and magnetic testing. Pipe Inspectors should have a good understanding of state and federal regulations, and can be found working in a plant/refinery setting as well as in the field inspecting pipelines.