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Pipelayers - 47-2151.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Pipelayer
  • Tailman
  • Waste Water Worker

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Align and position pipes to prepare them for welding or sealing.
  • Check slopes for conformance to requirements, using levels or lasers.
  • Connect pipe pieces and seal joints, using welding equipment, cement, or glue.
  • Cover pipes with earth or other materials.
  • Cut pipes to required lengths.
  • Dig trenches to desired or required depths, by hand or using trenching tools.
  • Grade or level trench bases, using tamping machines or hand tools.
  • Install or repair sanitary or stormwater sewer structures or pipe systems.
  • Install or use instruments such as lasers, grade rods, or transit levels.
  • Lay out pipe routes, following written instructions or blueprints and coordinating layouts with supervisors.
  • Locate existing pipes needing repair or replacement, using magnetic or radio indicators.
  • Operate mechanized equipment, such as pickup trucks, rollers, tandem dump trucks, front-end loaders, or backhoes.
  • Tap and drill holes into pipes to introduce auxiliary lines or devices.
  • Train or supervise others in laying pipe.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply adhesives to construction materials.
  • Communicate with other construction or extraction personnel to discuss project details.
  • Compact materials to create level bases.
  • Cut metal components for installation.
  • Dig holes or trenches.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
  • Drill holes in construction materials.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
  • Evaluate projects to determine compliance with technical specifications.
  • Install plumbing or piping.
  • Locate equipment or materials in need of repair or replacement.
  • Maintain plumbing structures or fixtures.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Operate equipment or vehicles to clear construction sites or move materials.
  • Position hand tools.
  • Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces.
  • Train construction or extraction personnel.
  • Weld metal components.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Utilitiesman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hull Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hull Systems Maintainer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hull Systems Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Infrastructure Systems Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Marine Safety Specialist Engineer (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Material Maintenance Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • NAMTS Pipefitter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Plumber (Army - Enlisted)
  • Utilitiesman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Utilitiesman - Water and Sanitation (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Craftsman, Fuel Systems Maintenance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water and Fuel Systems Maintenance Journeyman, Fuel Systems Maintenance (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Water Support Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Construction Worker I
  • Irrigation System Installer