Will “Septic Technician” be Replaced By Robots? 🤔
83% Chance of Automation
“Septic Technician” will probably be replaced by robots.
This job is ranked #468 out of #702, where higher means less likely to be replaced.
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.
- The SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code is 47-4071.00
- The Mean Annual Wage in the U.S. is $ 38,870.00
- The Mean Hourly Wage is $ 18.00
- Currently, there are 26,320 people on this job
☝️ Information based on the reference occupation “Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners”.
Also Known As…
- Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
- Utility Worker
- Sewer and Drain Technician
- Sewer and Drain Cleaner
- Service Technician
- Septic Pump Truck Driver
- Septic Cleaner
- Public Works Technician
- Maintenance Worker
- Drain Cleaner
- Transport Tank Technician
- Sewer Pipe Cleaner
- Sewer Line Repairer
- Sewer Cleaner
- Sewage Screen Operator
- Septic Tank Cleaner
- Roto Rooter Operator
- Pipe Cleaning Machine Operator
- Pipe Cleaning and Priming Machine Operator
- High Reach Operator
- Electric Sewer Cleaning Machine Operator
- Drain Technician
Tasks for “Septic Technician”
- Measure excavation sites, using plumbers' snakes, tapelines, or lengths of cutting heads within sewers, and mark areas for digging.
- Operate sewer cleaning equipment, including power rodders, high-velocity water jets, sewer flushers, bucket machines, wayne balls, and vac-alls.
- Ensure that repaired sewer line joints are tightly sealed before backfilling begins.
- Drive trucks to transport crews, materials, and equipment.
- Locate problems, using specially designed equipment, and mark where digging must occur to reach damaged tanks or pipes.
- Service, adjust, and make minor repairs to equipment, machines, and attachments.
- Inspect manholes to locate sewer line stoppages.
- Withdraw cables from pipes and examine them for evidence of mud, roots, grease, and other deposits indicating broken or clogged sewer lines.
- Tap mainline sewers to install sewer saddles.
- Cover repaired pipes with dirt, and pack backfilled excavations, using air and gasoline tampers.
- Communicate with supervisors and other workers, using equipment such as wireless phones, pagers, or radio telephones.
- 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.
- Clean and disinfect domestic basements and other areas flooded by sewer stoppages.
- Update sewer maps and manhole charts.
- Break asphalt and other pavement so that pipes can be accessed, using airhammers, picks, and shovels.
- Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or related structures such as manholes, culverts, and catch basins.
- Cut damaged sections of pipe with cutters, remove broken sections from ditches, and replace pipe sections, using pipe sleeves.
- Prepare and keep records of actions taken, including maintenance and repair work.
- Start machines to feed revolving cables or rods into openings, stopping machines and changing knives to conform to pipe sizes.
- Dig out sewer lines manually, using shovels.
- Requisition or order tools and equipment.
Related Technology & Tools
- High velocity water jetters
- Air hammers
- Prying bars
- Mobile tracked excavators
- Power rodders
- Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Power screeds
- Power trowels
- Portable concrete mixers
- Air tampers
- Liquid pumps
- Material pumping hoses
- Sewer cleaners
- Personal computers
- Caulk dispensing tools
- Portable drills
- Claw hammers
- Portable sewer cleaning machines
- Mobile radios
- Septic pumping trucks
- End pipe wrenches
- Sewer surveillance cameras
- Bucket machines
- Measuring tapes
- Pipe cutters
- Dirt shovels
- Sewer cleaning rods
- Word processing software
- Intuit QuickBooks
- Data entry software
- Route mapping software
- Work scheduling software
- Web browser software