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Lay pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, and water mains. Perform any combination of the following tasks grade trenches or culverts, position pipe, or seal joints.

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Currently Employed: Not Available

Projected Annual Job Openings: Not Available

Typical Hourly Wage: $16.13 - $26.58

Typical Annual Salary: $33,500 - $55,300

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Less than high school

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Install or use instruments such as lasers, grade rods, or transit levels.
  • Cut pipes to required lengths.
  • Connect pipe pieces and seal joints, using welding equipment, cement, or glue.
  • Cover pipes with earth or other materials.
  • Install or repair sanitary or stormwater sewer structures or pipe systems.
  • Align and position pipes to prepare them for welding or sealing.
  • Check slopes for conformance to requirements, using levels or lasers.
  • Lay out pipe routes, following written instructions or blueprints and coordinating layouts with supervisors.
  • Grade or level trench bases, using tamping machines or hand tools.
  • Operate mechanized equipment, such as pickup trucks, rollers, tandem dump trucks, front-end loaders, or backhoes.

tools & technology

  • Boring or sinking machinery
  • Power grinders
  • Power saws
  • Tampers
  • Trenching machines

  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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