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Pipe Welder

Job classification

TitlePipe Welder
Overtime eligibility Covered (Non-Z)
Labor agreement Plumbers, Local 38

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jul 01, 2022

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Rate /hr: $53.0500 $55.7125 $58.5000 $61.4000 $64.5000
Rate /biweekly: $4,244.00 $4,457.00 $4,680.00 $4,912.00 $5,160.00
Rate /year: $110,344 $115,882 $121,680 $127,712 $134,160

Additional notes: Appointments to this job class enter at Step 5.

Job description




Business Unit: COMMN


Under general supervision, operates acetylene and electric arc welding equipment in connection with the installation, repairing and maintenance of water distribution pipelines and related facilities.

Distinguishing Features:

Class 7360 Pipe Welder is a journey-level class in the Clerical, Maintenance and Technical (CMT) concept. Incumbents perform the full range of duties of pipe welders with only occasional instruction or assistance. This class is distinguished from 7390 Welder in that this class performs welding on pressure vessels (high pressure pipelines).

Supervision Exercised: None

Examples of Important & Essential Duties:

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 9, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code and are not intended to be inclusive.

1. Operates all types of welding and metal working machinery necessary to the repair and maintenance of all pipelines, pumping stations and water treatment equipment.

2. Lays out pipe and constructs pipe specials, such as offsets, bends, sleeves, reducers, tanks and meter batteries.

3. Performs repairs, by electric arc welding, acetylene welding, brazing or silver soldering, all types of valves, tools, leak pumps, construction and storage equipment.

4. Performs cuts, fits and welds pipes; repairs leaks and makes templates.

5. Manufactures emergency repair items, such as leak bands, tapping tees, gate rings and common vault cover.

6. Makes various types of mechanical pipe connections, such as threaded, flanged, flared and compression.

7. Constructs and maintains special truck bodies (PUC only).

8. Performs related duties as required.

Job Related & Essential Qualifications:

Knowledge of: composition and properties of various metals and methods of identifying and welding them; various types of welding rods required by the type and weights of metals being welded; knowledge of welding symbols; knowledge of proper safety procedures and safe handling of welding equipment.

Ability to: operate welding equipment; set up and adjust oxyacetylene, electric arc, MIT, TIG, and other apparatus; layout necessary welding methods and equipment for pipeline repair of fabrication; measure, calculate, layout, fabricate and install various pipefittings.


Business Unit: COMMN

Experience and Training Guidelines:

1. Five(5) years experience as a welder using oxyacetylene and electric arc welding methods which must include one(1) year as a welder on high pressure pipelines.

2. Possession of a Class C Driver's License.


One(1) year of training from a recognized trade school or union welding program in electric arc and oxyacetylene welding may be substituted for one(1) year of experience.

Special Requirements:

Work requires physical effort and manual dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs and body; requires continuous exposure to working conditions where injuries may be encountered; requires ability to work in inclement weather; perform emergency repairs nights, weekends, and holidays; must be able to work in damp enclosed places, heights (up to 220 feet) or confined spaces; climb in and out of ditches, and lift and carry 50 pounds.

Effective Date: 1/12/61

Amended Date: 12/15/00

Reason for Amendment:

To accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, abilities and skills defined in the most recent job analysis conducted for this class.

Standard information

Disaster service work

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Historic and future compensation

Effective (Sched) Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $53.0500 $55.7125 $58.5000 $61.4000 $64.5000
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $49.9250 $52.4375 $55.0625 $57.7875 $60.7000
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $49.6750 $52.1750 $54.7875 $57.5000 $60.4000
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $47.9875 $50.4000 $52.9250 $55.5500 $58.3500
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $46.5875 $48.9375 $51.3875 $53.9375 $56.6500

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Classification descriptions table, Compensation plan table