Pipeline construction is an important contributor to the employment of skilled construction craft workers. Six to twenty-eight billion dollars were spent annually on new, additions to and the reconstruction of existing pipelines from 2006 to 2016.
Industrial construction is an important source of jobs for the skilled construction trades. Individuals who engage in industrial construction have certifications, licensing, and training that provide guarantees that they are competent in difficult, specialized work. Pipeline workers are an important segment of this group.
Pipelines are important to the efficient operation of the U.S. economy, and pipeline construction is an important source of family supporting jobs for construction workers. What then are the economic and job impacts of pipeline construction for the construction trades?