Irrigation Technician

Install drip-lines or sprinklers to water plants automatically.

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Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Irrigation Technicians do?

Irrigation is a pivotal part of any landscaping job. Gone are the days when the Gardener spent hours, hose in hand, watering each plant on the property. Now, drip systems and automatic sprinklers do the job in a more efficient and thorough manner.

But with technology comes glitches. That’s where you, the Irrigation Technician, comes in. As an Irrigation Technician, you’re trained to deal with any problems regarding irrigation systems. Often, you’re part of the team who installs the system. You might even be the one to design it. It’s also common for you to outline the wiring requirements.

As an Irrigation Technician, you might handle large equipment, from tractors to earthmovers, depending on the project. With trenches dug, you lay pipes, install sprinkler heads, and test the system.

The systems you install are typically large-scale. Resorts, hotel grounds, golf courses, public parks, shopping centers, and school campuses are a few examples of the sites you work on. You’ll need to wear your team player hat because projects of this size often require a team of Landscapers, Engineers, Project Managers, Maintenance Workers, and Designers.

Once the system is installed, you become the go-to gal (or guy) when anything goes wrong. You come to the rescue when the ninth green is waterlogged or the flowerbed on the west side of the courthouse is bone-dry. You’re quick to diagnose the problem, order replacement parts, and resolve the situation to the customer’s satisfaction.

Should I be an Irrigation Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become an Irrigation Technician

    Most Irrigation Technicians have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9mbdaa&chl=no+college+%2878%25%29|certificate+%2816%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|bachelor%27s+%284%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,78,78
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