Pipelayer Courses

What does a Pipelayer do?

A Pipelayer installs pipework for water, sewerage and storm water systems. You’ll connect a network of pipes to buildings and other structures during construction phases and ensure all piping meets industry standards. You may have to repair piping systems or connect additional pipework for building extensions. You may have to plan piping systems, lay and connect pipes and seal joints.

Pipelayers have a physically demanding role and you’ll spend most of your time outdoors. You’ll need to be able to follow a plan and work as part of a team. Pipelayers need to pay attention to small details and should be good at problem solving.


How much does a Pipelayer earn?

In Australia, a full time Pipelayer generally earns $960 per week ($49,920 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Pipelayer?

The number of people working in this industry is expected to rise in coming years. There are currently 1,800 people working as a Pipelayer in Australia and this number is expected to rise to 2,000 over the next five years. Pipelayers may find work across all regions of Australia.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal – 2019 Occupation Projections

How do I become a Pipelayer?

If you’re planning a career as a Pipelayer, start by enrolling in a Certificate III in Civil Construction Pipe Laying. This course covers topics including using power tools, operating plant equipment, taking measurements, reading and interpreting plans and excavation earthworks.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within civil construction. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.