Valve Pipe Irrigator

Flood or row-irrigate field sections.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $26,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Valve Pipe Irrigators do?

Floods or row-irrigates field sections, using portable pipe sections equipped with valves connected to underground waterline: Secures gate attachment to vertical pipe. Connects length of valve pipe to gate and attaches additional pipe through field section or across ends of rows until area is spanned. Starts motor that pumps water through pipeline system, and opens valves to direct water over uneven terrain and fill rows or areas enclosed by checks. Observes rate of flow and adjusts valves accordingly. Shovels dirt into holes and low spots in levees and removes obstructions. Digs opening in embankment at end of row to direct overflow of water into spillway. Builds levees to prevent water from overflowing other crops or highways. Lubricates pumping equipment and makes minor repairs.


Should I be a Valve Pipe Irrigator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Irrigator, Irrigator, Overhead, Irrigator, Valve Pipe, Overhead Irrigator, Portable Irrigation Operator

    How to become a Valve Pipe Irrigator

    Valve Pipe Irrigators 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 Valve Pipe Irrigator-related education!
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