CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Pipelayers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pipelayers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Check slopes for conformance to requirements, using levels or lasers.
 
Cover pipes with earth or other materials.
 
Connect pipe pieces and seal joints, using welding equipment, cement, or glue.
 
Cut pipes to required lengths.
 
Install or repair sanitary or stormwater sewer structures or pipe systems.
 
Install or use instruments such as lasers, grade rods, or transit levels.
 
Grade or level trench bases, using tamping machines or hand tools.
 
Lay out pipe routes, following written instructions or blueprints and coordinating layouts with supervisors.
 
Align and position pipes to prepare them for welding or sealing.
 
Dig trenches to desired or required depths, by hand or using trenching tools.
 
Operate mechanized equipment, such as pickup trucks, rollers, tandem dump trucks, front-end loaders, or backhoes.
 
Train or supervise others in laying pipe.
 
Tap and drill holes into pipes to introduce auxiliary lines or devices.
 
Locate existing pipes needing repair or replacement, using magnetic or radio indicators.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pipelayers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
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.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pipelayers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
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.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pipelayers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Air compressors Air compressors
 
Air hammers Pneumatic hammer
 
Aligning clamps Pipe vises
 
Arc welders Welders
 
Backhoes Backhoes
 
Belting slings Slings
 
Bevel grinding machines Power grinders
 
Block and tackle equipment Blocks or pulleys
 
Boring machines Boring or sinking machinery
 
Bulldozers Wheel bulldozers
 
Cable plows Trenching machines
 
Caulking tools Caulking guns
 
Combination squares Squares
 
Compactors Compactors
 
Concrete saws Power saws
 
Cutting torches Blow torches
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Ditch pumps Water pumps
 
Dredges Dredgers
 
Drill presses Workshop presses
 
Drilling machines Power drills
 
Excavators Track excavators
 
Explosimeters Explosimeters
 
Facing machines Tube end finishers
 
Files Files
 
Fill pumps Water pumps
 
Forklifts Forklifts
 
Framing squares Squares
 
Generators Gas generators
 
Graders Graders
 
Hammers Hammers
 
Hand tampers Tampers
 
Horizontal boring machines Boring or sinking machinery
 
Hydraulic cranes Hydraulic truck cranes
 
Ladders Ladders
 
Laser printers Laser printers
 
Leak detection equipment Liquid leak detectors
 
Mandrels Pipe bending mandrels
 
Manlifts Manlift or personnel lift
 
Manual benders Pipe bending tools
 
Manual screw jacks Jacks
 
Metal inert gas MIG welders Metal inert gas MIG welding machinery
 
Motor-driven brushes Wire brushes
 
Motor-driven grinders Power grinders
 
Narrow mouth shovels Shovels
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Null locators Metal detectors
 
Offset socket wrench sets Socket sets
 
Ohmmeters Ohmmeters
 
Optical levels Levels
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Pigs Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
 
Pipe beveling machines Pneumatic grinders
 
Pipe cutting machines Pipe or tube cutters
 
Pipe lasers Laser measuring systems
 
Pipe threaders Threading dies
 
Pipelayers Pipe layer
 
Pipeline jacks Jacks
 
Portable grinders Power grinders
 
Power saws Power saws
 
Powered tampers Tampers
 
Pressure testers Pressure indicators
 
Pry bars Pry bars
 
Reciprocating pipe saws Power saws
 
Roll groovers Tube end finishers
 
Round point shovels Shovels
 
Sand pumps Mud pumps
 
Sandblasters Pneumatic sanding machines
 
Scaffolding Scaffolding
 
Sledgehammers Hammers
 
Snakes Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
 
Stationary grinders Power grinders
 
Tapping machines Tap machines or tapping machines
 
Test pumps Diaphragm pumps
 
Track loaders Track loaders
 
Tractor pipe carrier attachments Integrated tool carriers
 
Tractors with backhoe attachments Backhoes
 
Tractors with loader attachments Track loaders
 
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
 
Trenchers Trenching machines
 
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment Tungsten inert gas TIG welding machinery
 
Voltmeters Voltage or current meters
 
Water removal pumps Dewatering pumps
 
Welding hoods Welding masks
 
Welding machines Welders
 
Wheel loaders Wheel loaders
 
Winches Winches
 
Wire tracers Circuit tracers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pipelayers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pipelayers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Cast-Iron Drain Pipe Layer
Construction Laborer
Construction Worker
Drain Layer
Drain Tiler
Equipment Operator
Fitter
Irrigation System Installer
Irrigation Technician
Laborer
Machine Operator
Pipe Assembly Worker
Pipe Calker
Pipe Connector
Pipe Cutter
Pipe Fitter
Pipe Installer
Pipe Layer
Pipe Liner
Pipe Setter
Pipe Wrapping Machine Operator
Pipelayer
Pipelaying Fitter
Pipeman
Piper
Piper Installer
Plumbing Technician
Sewer Connector
Sewer Pipe Layer
Skilled Laborer
Tile Conduit Layer
Trench Pipe Layer
Water Main Pipe Layer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Construction
Job Family: Construction Trades
Benchmark Title: Pipelayers
 
 
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