The petroleum industry includes the global processes of exploration, extraction, refining, transporting (often by oil tankers and pipelines), and marketing petroleum products. The largest volume products of the industry are fuel oil and gasoline (petrol). Petroleum is also the raw material for many chemical products, including pharmaceuticals, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, and plastics.

Equipment used in this industry varies from earthmoving equipment in lease preparation for explorative drilling to site preparation for large refineries and plant sites. It also includes hoisting equipment as well as trenching equipment.

Currently pipelines are the most economical way to transport large quantities of oil, refined oil products or natural gas over land. There are pipelines in countries all over the world, including pipelines in Canada, pipelines in Australia, pipelines in the United States, and pipelines in China. The field of pipeline construction is on a huge upswing, and pipeline workers (more specifically, Australian pipeline workers) are becoming a hot commodity. Pipeline Equipment Operators typically operate one or more types of heavy equipment to construct and maintain pipelines.

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