Onshore Pipeline Engineering

This course, led by Dr. Phil Hopkins and Dr. Roger King, is a formal introduction to pipeline engineering

There are millions of kilometers of onshore oil and gas pipelines around the world. As the industry expands and new staff are introduced into it, there is an increasing need for full appreciation of the engineering design of pipelines. Additionally, many staff in the pipeline industry have not received basic pipeline engineering training, and some staff are only exposed to specialized areas.


Regulatory authorities and standards bodies now require pipeline engineers to have demonstrable competencies. Competence is gained from a combination of skills, experience, and knowledge. ASME B31Q defines skill as "... the ability to perform mental and physical activities acquired or developed through training or experience," and ASME B31.4 defines experience as "... work activities accomplished... under the direction of qualified supervision... but not including time spent in organized training program." Training is thus a key element of competency. PHMSA defines training as "… an educational or instructional process (e.g., classroom, computer-based, or on-the-job) by which an individual’s knowledge, skills, and his/her capacity to do or act, physically and/or mentally, are improved." It is essential that any training a pipeline engineer undergoes is contributing to his/her competencies, and can be shown to be doing this. This course is accredited by the UK’s Energy Institute, and based on Master Degree programs at UK universities. The trainers are demonstrably world authorities. This combination of an accredited course and elite trainers allows companies to state that their engineers have attended a training course that is demonstrably best practice.


Engineers who are new to the pipeline business and those who need a refresher or a wider understanding of the overall field, including:

  • pipeline engineers
  • pipeline construction engineers
  • project managers, maintenance engineers, contractors, supervisors, inspectors, operators
  • equipment suppliers
  • inspection and quality engineers
  • pipeline design engineers


Included with the course fee is a detailed set of lecture notes (1400 pages), a CD containing additional background papers for later reference (300 pages), plus the standard reference handbook Pipeline Rules of Thumb Handbook, 5th Edition.


On completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 2.9 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).