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Pipe Liners - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, pipelayers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of job-required social contact. They work mostly with other pipelayers.
  • When they talk to others, it's usually by either telephone or via face-to-face discussions.
  • Often work as part of a team.
  • Are responsible for the safety of other workers.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other pipelayers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Nearly always work outdoors, but may on occasion work indoors.
  • Sometimes wear protective attire, such as gloves, kneepads, and goggles.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment. There is some possibility of moderate injury from this exposure.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants, such as sewage, gas, or oil.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Are sometimes exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures when working outdoors.
  • Are sometimes exposed to inadequate lighting conditions in trenches or sewers.
  • Are sometimes exposed to cramped work places that require getting into awkward positions.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that may produce cuts or minor burns. There is only a low risk of slight injury from this exposure.
  • Often travel to and from work sites in an enclosed or open vehicle.
  • Work physically near other workers, sometimes within a few feet.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could result in health or sanitation problems.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Must be aware of frequent changes or unusual events when hoisting or aligning pipe.
  • Must sometimes allow the work pace to be set by the speed of equipment.
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  • Usually determine daily tasks and goals with input from a supervisor.
  • Must meet strict weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work a regular 40-hour week.
  • May work evenings and weekends during emergencies.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.