Pipe Layer / Career

Overview of Occupation

Income Bracket: $60,000 – $100,000+

Pipe Layers install underground pipes on major infrastructure projects such as highways, dams and the drainage of airfields and sub-divisions. These pipes may be constructed from reinforced concrete, steel and plastic and are used for stormwater, sewerage, water supply and gas pipelines that may extend many hundreds of kilometres.

Alternative Titles: Pipe Laying Artisan

Education and Training: One path to becoming a skilled Pipe Layer is through on the job training. You can also become a Pipe Layer through a traineeship or apprenticeship (also known as Australian Apprenticeship). Traineeships/apprenticeships involve a combination of on and off the job training. At this stage there is no educational prerequisite required to enter into a traineeship/apprenticeship, but usually you will have completed a minimum of Year 10.The formal qualification on completion of a traineeship/apprenticeship is Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipe Laying). This is a nationally recognized qualification.

Employment Opportunities: Pipe layers mostly work with road crews, within civil contracting firms, major development companies and local government.

Range of tasks performed in the occupation:

Pipe Layers join and align pipes at the correct levels, angles and grades in accordance with the engineering drawings. Tasks may include:

  • Working from plans and specifications
  • Laying pipes; placing pits
  • Using small plant and hand tools including laser levelling devices
  • Construction of concrete structures and access points

Personal Requirements

To be successful in this occupation you should:

  • Enjoy practical and manual work
  • Be physically fit
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be able to work in a team environment
  • Be alert and observant