Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

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About the Job

Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or drains. May patch walls and partitions of tank, replace damaged drain tile, or repair breaks in underground piping.

It is also Called

  • Transport Tank Technician
  • Sewer Pipe Cleaner
  • Sewer Line Repairer
  • Sewer Cleaner
  • Sewer Bricklayer
  • Sewage Screen Operator
  • Service Technician
  • Septic Technician
  • Septic Tank Service Technician
  • Septic Tank Cleaner
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What They Do

  • Tap mainline sewers to install sewer saddles.
  • Break asphalt and other pavement so that pipes can be accessed, using airhammers, picks, and shovels.
  • Requisition or order tools and equipment.
  • Cut damaged sections of pipe with cutters, remove broken sections from ditches, and replace pipe sections, using pipe sleeves.
  • Cover repaired pipes with dirt, and pack backfilled excavations, using air and gasoline tampers.
  • Update sewer maps and manhole charts.
  • Start machines to feed revolving cables or rods into openings, stopping machines and changing knives to conform to pipe sizes.
  • Install rotary knives on flexible cables mounted on machine reels, according to the diameters of pipes to be cleaned.
  • Rotate cleaning rods manually, using turning pins.
  • Ensure that repaired sewer line joints are tightly sealed before backfilling begins.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Education Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $43,330 with most people making between $29,920 and $59,950

Outlook

1.46%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,230 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,410 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 18 openings due to growth and about 32 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.



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