What does an Irrigation Technician do?

Irrigation technicians perform many tasks related to the installation, maintenance and repair of irrigation systems. These systems include sprinkler heads and pipes that expel water. Knowledge of electrical wiring is required to operate sprinkler systems. Irrigation technicians must keep records of completed orders and irrigation maintenance. They spend most of their time outdoors in all types of weather conditions.

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Working as an Irrigation Technician

Working as an irrigation technician requires successfully being able to:

  • Design, install and manage sprinkler systems.
  • Use hand and power tools to lay pipes and dig trenches.
  • Work with others to ensure underground sprinkler systems function properly.
  • Communicate with clients about irrigation systems and functions.
  • Repair defective or damages sprinkler parts.
  • Lift heavy machinery and work close to the ground.
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How much does an Irrigation Technician make in the United States?

6.2k salaries reported, updated at January 24, 2022
per hour

The average salary for a irrigation technician is $18.92 per hour in the United States and $5,625 overtime per year.

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Most common benefits

  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • 401(k)
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Frequently asked questions

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What occupational hazards should irrigation technicians be aware of?

Irrigation technicians must exercise caution when working around irrigation systems. For instance, irrigation technicians sometimes work near power lines, which put them in danger of being electrocuted or struck by lightning. Working with energized equipment may cause them to become entangled with moving parts. Other hazards include falling from tall irrigation systems, sustaining injuries to the head, eyes, ears, hands or feet and drowning. Failure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on equipment may also result in injury.

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What skills should an irrigation technician possess?

Irrigation technicians need a variety of soft (interpersonal) and hard (technical) skills to be successful in their careers. They must possess good verbal and written communication skills, the ability to read blueprints and schematics, perform math calculations and operate equipment and machinery. In addition, they must have the physical strength to kneel, lift and move heavy objects.

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What is the job outlook for an irrigation technician?

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not maintain data specific to irrigation technicians, it does report that the job outlook for grounds maintenance workers and similar positions in this category is expected to increase by 9% from 2018 to 2028.

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