CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies


The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
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
Irrigation System Installer
Irrigation Technician
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
Pipelaying Fitter
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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