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Pipelayers

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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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Operate mechanized equipment, such as pickup trucks, rollers, tandem dump trucks, front-end loaders, or backhoes.
    • Grade or level trench bases, using tamping machines or hand tools.
    • Dig trenches to desired or required depths, by hand or using trenching tools.
    • Tap and drill holes into pipes to introduce auxiliary lines or devices.
    • Locate existing pipes needing repair or replacement, using magnetic or radio indicators.
    • Train or supervise others in laying pipe.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Active Listening

      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.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 48200/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 23.18/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 930
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence
    • Integrity

    Tools

    • Power saws
    • Power grinders
    • Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
    • Boring or sinking machinery
    • Backhoes

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software

    Tags

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