Harvesting an abundance of oil and natural gas resources, the Middle East supplies nearly half of all exports to the global oil market. Middle Eastern countries Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are all members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which pumps roughly 40% of the world's oil, with Saudi Arabia leading the pack for the greatest amount of output. OPEC's crude oil production was 28.7 million barrels per day in the first half of 2009.
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.