Skills & Knowledge
Most Important Skills for Pipelayers
- Monitoring Equipment—Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Controlling Quality—Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- 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.
- Operating Equipment—Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Speaking—Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Thinking Critically—Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Troubleshooting—Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Coordinating with Others—Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Managing Time—Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Reading—Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Most Important Knowledge Areas for Pipelayers
- Mechanical—Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Building and Construction—Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- Mathematics—Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Public Safety and Security—Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
- Customer and Personal Service—Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Chemistry—Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal m
- Engineering and Technology—Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Administration and Management—Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Education and Training—Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Physics—Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Different careers may be a good fit for your personality or interests. This career is:
- Realistic—Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Conventional—Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
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Describe Your Skills
People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.
- Handling and moving objects.
- Operating vehicles or equipment.
- Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to find or fix problems.
- Controlling machines and processes.
- Performing general physical abilities.
- Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
- Collecting information from different sources.
- Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events.
The following careers use skills, knowledge, and abilities that are similar to those used for Pipelayers.
- Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
- Rail Car Repairers
- Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Helpers
- Carpenter Helpers
- Excavating and Loading Machine Operators
- Wood Sawing Machine Operators
- Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
- Refractory Materials Repairers
- Fence Erectors
- Molders, Shapers, and Casters
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