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Gas Utility Operator

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Gas utility operators install and service gas utility pipeline systems that transport natural gas from the source to points of use such as building meter sets.

Duties and responsibilities vary from one job to another but, in general, gas utility operators:

  • interpret prints and specifications to determine the location, size and materials required to install gas mains,
  • install and maintain cathodic protection to prevent corrosion in steel and aluminum pipes,
  • locate underground gas systems and conduct routine surveys of gas mains and distribution lines to detect and locate escaping gas,
  • carry out routine gas system maintenance functions,
  • operate and maintain regulating, measuring and odorizing facilities,
  • provide information about underground gas distribution lines and observe excavation work to ensure that underground gas facilities are protected,
  • investigate gas leaks to determine the exact location and extent of leaks,
  • use equipment to expose gas lines and repair damaged pipes, and
  • keep detailed records of work performed, and the location and condition of pipelines.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Occupational Certification
  • The term of training for a gas utility operator is a minimum of 24 months including at least 3,400 hours of work experience.

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Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the occupation or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Occupation Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Occupation Regulation.