Pipe Tester

Operate hydraulic pumps to test oil well tubing for high-pressure leaks.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pipe Testers do?

Operates hydraulic pump and auxiliary equipment to test oil well tubing or casing for high-pressure leaks: Attaches wire line pulley to crown block of rig, and hydraulic hose to testing tool, pump, and source of water, using wrenches. Lowers testing tool and high-pressure packing device into pipe to seal it and retain water in specified section, using winch. Moves lever on hydraulic pump to fill section with water under specified pressure and observes gauge to detect leaks [HYDRO-PNEUMATIC TESTER].


Should I be a Pipe Tester?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Pail Tester, Pipe Jeeper, Polarity Tester, Pole Tester, Proof Tester, Propeller Tester

    How to become a Pipe Tester

    Most Pipe Testers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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