Pipeline Controller

Plains All American Pipeline
Midland, Texas, United States
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3 + Years Experience

Company: Plains All American Pipeline
Skills: Control Room Operations, Pipeline Operator, Pipeline Services
Other Skills: Must be able to pass the Console Operator Basic Requirements Assessment test (COBRA).
Experience: 3 + Years
Education: High School/Secondary
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Midland, Texas, United States

In order to apply for this position, applicants MUST meet the following criteria. If your resume does not match these criteria, you will not be able to apply for this position.

Authorized to work in: US

The Pipeline Controller operates pipelines remotely from the Pipeline Control Center via SCADA System. This professional will monitor pressure flows, temperatures, tank levels and responds to alarms or any other abnormal condition that may exist. The Pipeline Controller is responsible to the Shift Supervisor, Console Supervisor, and/or Manager of Pipeline Control.



  • Start-up and shut down of pipeline; Maintain pressures, flow rates and tank levels within safe working limits; Track batches within pipelines to maintain product quality standards; Monitor line balance (Over/Short) to keep within tolerances; and Respond to alarms and/or other abnormal operating conditions per Operating Procedures.
  • Coordinate with field personnel on planned and unplanned maintenance; Coordinate with Pipeline Scheduler to effectively plan and develop the pipeline movements schedule; and Coordinate with other Pipeline Control Centers to safely execute the daily pipeline scheduling orders.
  • Complete line balance and batch tracking sheets at required intervals; Enter major events in pipeline log; Complete daily reconciliation reports as required; Transmit reports to field locations; Complete "Golden Hour" checklist at beginning of each shift; and Complete shift turnover checklist at end of each shift.
  • Complete periodic refresher training related to pipeline basics and abnormal operating conditions, including: Ongoing Lessons Learned discussions and training; Emergency Response table-tops and notification drills; Required computer-based Quarterly Safety Training; Quarterly Safety Meetings; Annual Team Resource Management Training; Annual Fatigue Management Training: and Periodic (3 year) OQ Re-Qualification.
  • Take immediate actions to minimize the impact to people, property and the environment per Emergency Operating Procedures.



  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Should possess strong math skills.
  • Should be proficient in the use of MS Office Suite.
  • Must be able to speak, read, write and comprehend English.
  • Must be able to pass the Console Operator Basic Requirements Assessment test (COBRA).
  • Basic knowledge of pipeline equipment and operations is preferred.
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment with minimal supervision.
  • Able to avoid distraction while focusing on safely executing required tasks.
  • Able to maintain alertness and manage fatigue during periods of reduced workload.
  • Able to communicate effectively during normal, abnormal and emergency situations.
  • Able to maintain situational awareness during normal, abnormal and emergency situations.
  • Able to prioritize tasks and make sound decisions during normal, abnormal and emergency situations.
  • Able to effectively lead and direct others during normal, abnormal and emergency situations.
  • Able to complete all required initial and ongoing training and successfully pass written, verbal and practical evaluations to maintain individual Operator Qualifications.
  • Must be able to work a modified DuPont twelve-hour rotating shift schedule with minimal time away from the console to maintain a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year operation and be able to sit\stand at console for 12 hour shift in a Control Center Operations environment. (Rotating day/night 12-hour shifts with 1 week per month off work).