Will “Sewer Cleaner” be Replaced By Robots? 🤔
83% Chance of Automation
“Sewer Cleaner” 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
- Sewage Screen Operator
- Septic Technician
- 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 “Sewer Cleaner”
- Withdraw cables from pipes and examine them for evidence of mud, roots, grease, and other deposits indicating broken or clogged sewer lines.
- Update sewer maps and manhole charts.
- Inspect manholes to locate sewer line stoppages.
- Clean and disinfect domestic basements and other areas flooded by sewer stoppages.
- Ensure that repaired sewer line joints are tightly sealed before backfilling begins.
- Tap mainline sewers to install sewer saddles.
- Rotate cleaning rods manually, using turning pins.
- Requisition or order tools and equipment.
- Locate problems, using specially designed equipment, and mark where digging must occur to reach damaged tanks or pipes.
- Cut damaged sections of pipe with cutters, remove broken sections from ditches, and replace pipe sections, using pipe sleeves.
- Operate sewer cleaning equipment, including power rodders, high-velocity water jets, sewer flushers, bucket machines, wayne balls, and vac-alls.
- Service, adjust, and make minor repairs to equipment, machines, and attachments.
- Drive trucks to transport crews, materials, and equipment.
- Communicate with supervisors and other workers, using equipment such as wireless phones, pagers, or radio telephones.
- Start machines to feed revolving cables or rods into openings, stopping machines and changing knives to conform to pipe sizes.
- Cover repaired pipes with dirt, and pack backfilled excavations, using air and gasoline tampers.
- Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or related structures such as manholes, culverts, and catch basins.
- Install rotary knives on flexible cables mounted on machine reels, according to the diameters of pipes to be cleaned.
- Dig out sewer lines manually, using shovels.
- Break asphalt and other pavement so that pipes can be accessed, using airhammers, picks, and shovels.
- Prepare and keep records of actions taken, including maintenance and repair work.
- Measure excavation sites, using plumbers' snakes, tapelines, or lengths of cutting heads within sewers, and mark areas for digging.
Related Technology & Tools
- Bucket machines
- Personal computers
- Material pumping hoses
- Claw hammers
- Portable drills
- Power trowels
- Air tampers
- Sewer cleaning rods
- Power rodders
- Portable sewer cleaning machines
- Dirt shovels
- Mobile radios
- Caulk dispensing tools
- Air hammers
- Pipe cutters
- End pipe wrenches
- Mobile tracked excavators
- Portable concrete mixers
- Liquid pumps
- Sewer cleaners
- Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Septic pumping trucks
- Power screeds
- High velocity water jetters
- Sewer surveillance cameras
- Prying bars
- Measuring tapes
- Route mapping software
- Web browser software
- Word processing software
- Intuit QuickBooks
- Data entry software
- Work scheduling software