Description:  This lesson covers the basic materials from which pipelines are constructed including pipe, coatings, cathodic protection, valves and actuators.  Included in the lesson are two videos from a pipe manufacturing facility and one video from a pipe coating facility.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the two most common ways of welding the longitudinal pipe seam during pipe manufacturing.
  • Explain what SMYS means and why it is important.
  • Explain the purpose of Fusion Bond Epoxy (FBE) coatings.
  • Explain the purpose of a rectifier.
  • Explain the purpose of a ground bed.
  • List three common fittings and explain their purposes.
  • List the four main types of valves used in the pipeline industry to perform the isolation function.
  • Explain what the control function of a valve means.
  • Explain the function of an actuator.

Lesson Outline

  • Pipe
  • Manufacturing methods
  • Properties
  • Labeling
  • Nomenclature
  • Cathodic protection
  • Coatings
  • Rectifiers
  • Ground beds
  • Fittings
  • Types
  • Ratings
  • Valves
  • Types
  • Uses
  • Actuators


  • 44 Power Point slides and three videos presented by the instructor via the Webex platform.
  • Q & A after each slide.

Limited to 12 students.


  • Company personnel new to the midstream industry.
  • Current professional support personnel who want to learn more about the industry so they can interact with those they support.
  • Industry vendors and suppliers who want to better understand the industry.
  • Others in the industry who want to widen their view and understanding.

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