Career Overview  

A pipelayer lays glazed or unglazed clay, concrete, plastic, or cast-iron pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains, water mains, and oil or gas lines.
Skills and Abilities
A pipelayer would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. and needs a lot of strength for this position. Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time. Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time and involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time. Tasks and responsibilities include: Aligning and positioning pipes to prepare them for welding or sealing; checking slope for conformance to requirements, using levels or lasers; covering pipes with earth or other materials; Cutting pipes, connecting pieces and sealing  joints using welding equipment, cement, or glue; Digging trenches to the desired or required depth by hand or using a trenching tool; grading and leveling the bottom of trenches, using a tamping machine and hand tools; Laying out the route of pipe by following written instructions or blueprints; tapping and drilling holes into pipe to introduce auxiliary lines or devices.

Salary Ranges (entry level --> experienced) 

$15.58 - $31.61 (hourly)
$32,400 - $65,760 (annual)