Pipe-layer Job Description

The Pipe-layer lays pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, and water mains.

They perform any combination of the following tasks:


  • Pipe-layers – checks slopes for conformation to requirements, using levels or lasers.
  • Pipe-layers – cover pipes with earth or other materials.
  • Pipe-layers – connect pipe pieces and seal joints, using welding equipment, cement or glue.
  • Pipe-layers – cut pipes to required lengths.
  • Pipe-layers – install and repair sanitary and storm water sewer structures and pipe systems.
  • Pipe-layers – install and use instruments such as lasers, grade rods, and transit levels.
  • Pipe-layers – grade and level trench bases, using tamping machines and hand tools.
  • Pipe-layers -lay out pipe routes, following written instructions or blueprints, and coordinating layouts with supervisors.
  • Pipe-layers – align and position pipes to prepare them for welding or sealing.
  • Pipe-layers – dig trenches to desired or required depths, by hand or using trenching tools.


  • Pipe-layers–must be active listeners by giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Pipe-layers – select and use training methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Pipe-layers – must use the skill of active learning by understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making.
  • Pipe-layers – must have the skill to determine the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Pipe-layers – must have the ability to monitor performance of your crew members, yourself and organizations that might be taking part in the project you are working.
  • Pipe-layers – Conduct tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Pipe-layers – use mathematics to solve problems in their job function.
  • Pipe-layers – use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Pipe-layers – must have the skill to talk to others to convey information effectively.
  • Pipe-layers must consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
    • Pipe-layers – need the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
    • Pipe-layers – need the ability to keep hand and arm steady while moving while moving arm or while holding the arm and hand in one position.
    • Pipe-layers – needs the ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
    • Pipe-layers – needs the ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
    • Pipe- layers – need the ability to quickly move the hand, the hand together with the arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
    • Pipe-layers – need the ability to coordinate two or more limbs for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm while sitting, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
    • Pipe-layers – need the ability to see details at close range that is within a few feet of the observer.
    • The Pipe-layers – needs the ability to judge which several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
    • The Pipe-layers – needs the ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
    • The Pipe-layers needs the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events.
  • Abilities

    The Pipe-layer must use hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and materials, and manipulating things. The Pipe-layer work activities includes running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. The Pipe-layer provides information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. The Pipe-layer uses either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes not including computers or vehicles. The Pipe-layer performs physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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