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Internship Program

2020 internship hiring is closed. Please check back in the Fall regarding 2021 opportunities.

UPI is always on the lookout for bright, motivated people to join our team. One way we bring in new talent is through our internship program, which provides the foundation for the continued growth and development of our project management group. We connect with prospective interns through existing relationships and recruiting events at several universities, which include Michigan Tech, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, Iowa State University, and University of Minnesota to name a few. We hire several interns and coops (students who spend six months working with us) per year. These young people have the opportunity to participate in meaningful work that substantially contributes to the success of projects across the company. Many return to work with us for several successive years, and we regularly hire former interns and coops into full-time positions after graduation. If you are interested in receiving more information regarding our intern program, please contact us today.

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In an effort to expand talent available to our industry, coupled with a desire to increase opportunities for indigenous people to work on our projects, UPI started a training program unique in its history. We partnered with local indigenous tribes to conduct hands-on courses in pipeline construction techniques and safety. 25 tribal members gathered at UPI’s corporate office for two separate, week-long training events in 2017. These training events provided tribal members with the certifications to work in the pipeline industry, whether that be working for UPI or another contractor in our industry. Each training week consisted of a half day safety orientation, focusing on hazards specific to pipeline construction and the environments in which UPI works. The group then moved out to a local gravel pit where UPI personnel had buried several sticks of pipe and set up training stations that focused on mechanical and hydrovac excavation; sandblasting and profile testing; and pipe coating. Participants rotated between stations, trying their hands at the tasks and receiving instruction from some of UPI’s most experienced laborers and operators.

The trainings wrapped up with Operator Qualification tests, the successful completion of which will allow band members to work on any project that takes place on their reservation. Several band members expressed interest in taking the next step and pursuing union membership in order to go to work on pipeline projects, and all the participants provided great feedback that will help UPI plan follow-on events.

These events were a first for UPI but not the last, and their success will pave the way for more initiatives and training events that help UPI reach its broader community.

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We empower our people by investing in their development. UPI offers trainings in skills, safety and leadership, as well as certifications. Contact us to learn more.

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Project Manager


United Piping Inc.


Duluth, MN


United Piping Inc. (UPI) is a Duluth-based oil and gas industry general contractor, serving clients across the country. At UPI, we have built a solid reputation for our focus on safety, protecting the environment, quality craftsmanship and meeting project schedules. We pride ourselves on our pipeline facility construction, pipeline and facility maintenance, pipeline fabrication, horizontal directional drilling, access services, cathodic protection, and blasting, coating and painting services to the oil and gas pipeline industry. UPI has excelled for more than two decades and has outstanding core values and an uncompromising drive to be an industry leader. Our success is due to the high caliber of our people, and our dedication to supporting one another.

This position will impact a rapidly growing organization and offers career development opportunities for the right candidate.

A Project Manager is responsible for the total delivery of the project, in accordance with established criteria, including: accepting bid packages, performing detailed estimates, assisting in the creation of bid proposals, project scheduling and planning, project progress review, expediting equipment, site inspection, project safety and quality assurance. You are responsible for tracking, forecasting, and communicating costs, profits, and financial measures of the project. You will organize and manage all the elements involved in construction: safety, labor, materials, tools, equipment, consumables, construction schedule and change orders.


  • Effective interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills

  • The ability to function well under stress, despite numerous interruptions, with accuracy and attention to detail

  • Ability to self-motivate and prioritize effectively

  • Moderate to advanced computer skills

  • Comfortable leading teams

  • There is no educational or experience requirement, but a four-year degree and/or applicable industry experience is preferred.


  • Monitor and manage projects to comply with Client and UPI safety requirements. 

  • Establish project quality control procedures to ensure that specifications are attained and implementation is properly documented. 

  • Ensure the proper manpower on each project to meet safety, schedule, productivity, and budget requirements. 

  • Identify any changes in projects that impact cost, schedule, labor, or equipment requirements. 

  • To ensure change orders/change estimates are provided in a timely manner. 

  • To review the impacts of changes with the Superintendent, including manpower, equipment, material, and schedule impacts. 

  • To monitor project billings for accuracy and maintenance of a positive cash flow. 

  • To train and develop Project Engineers. 

  • To continually monitor progress of projects and provide reports to ensure compliance with schedule and budgetary guidelines. 

  • To administer work of subcontractors in accordance with subcontract agreements and Client requirements, as well as review and approve subcontractor invoices. 

  • To develop a relationship with project specific Client agents and managers.  The Project Manager should be the primary contact for interface with the Client. 

  • To conduct pre-project planning meetings to ensure that the labor, materials, equipment, and subcontractor requirements for the project are identified and clearly communicated to other UPI manager and stakeholders. 

  • To provide monthly manhour budget and progress reports to UPI Management. 

  • To provide post-project reviews to identify lessons learned during the project. 

  • To develop positive and ongoing relationships with customers.


Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability, 401K, ESPP, profit sharing

Pay Range:

Pay depends on your level of experience and education.

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Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • When in office: office environment with moderate noise levels; will require consistent time spent on the computer and phone throughout the day.

  • When in field: office trailer on job site location with moderate to high noise levels; may be required to perform tasks such as observing work outdoors in inclement weather; will require consistent time spent on the computer and phone throughout the day; standard schedule is 6 days per week, 10 hours per day, but is subject to extension.

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