Pipe Finisher

Finish socket or spigot ends of green sewer pipes.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pipe Finishers do?

Finishes socket or spigot ends of green sewer pipe, using handtools: Aligns pipe on roller conveyor, bench, or stand. Trims socket, using hand or machine trimmers. Smooths inside and outside of barrel and overlap of spigot, using handtools, sponges, and water. Shines light inside of barrel and examines interior to detect defects or blisters. Bursts blisters with knife and patches defective area with clay. Coats outside of socket with grease, oil, or water to retard drying process, using hand applicator or swab.


Should I be a Pipe Finisher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Finished-Leather Presser, Hot Pipe Gauger, Paper Finisher, Pigs Feet Finisher, Pipe Chipper

    How to become a Pipe Finisher

    Pipe Finishers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Pipe Finisher-related education!
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