Irrigation contractors install new irrigation systems and retrofit older systems as standalone projects or as part of larger landscaping jobs. Whether working from designs developed by the contractor or by an irrigation consulting company, contractors develop a formal cost estimate for materials and installation. Contractors prepare the job site, lay out piping and other components, and install the irrigation system.
Most contractors offer after-sale service, maintaining and repairing irrigation systems after their initial installation. Contractors troubleshoot and repair malfunctioning components and systems. They also perform regular system maintenance, such as spring startup, controller programming and winterization.
Contractors vary widely in size, from a few employees at one location to a company that has multiple branches that service a metropolitan area, a state or multiple states. Irrigation professionals who work for smaller contractors will typically have responsibilities that would be performed by multiple specialists at a larger company.
Irrigation contractor jobs include the following: