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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. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the field. Rely on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Perform a variety of tasks. Work under general supervision. Typically report to a Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

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

Education and Experience

Completion of an approved apprenticeship program in plumbing or pipelaying, or a high school diploma (or equivalent) and four (4) years of appropriate experience
Appropriate vocational/ technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience

Licensure and Certification

Florida Class E operator (driver) license


Typically report to a Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager
Work under general supervision
Does not directly supervise
May lead and direct the work of others

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