Will “Sewer Pipe Cleaner” be Replaced By Robots? 🤔
83% Chance of Automation
“Sewer Pipe 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 Line Repairer
- Sewer Cleaner
- 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 Pipe Cleaner”
- Communicate with supervisors and other workers, using equipment such as wireless phones, pagers, or radio telephones.
- Requisition or order tools and equipment.
- Cover repaired pipes with dirt, and pack backfilled excavations, using air and gasoline tampers.
- Prepare and keep records of actions taken, including maintenance and repair work.
- Tap mainline sewers to install sewer saddles.
- Locate problems, using specially designed equipment, and mark where digging must occur to reach damaged tanks or pipes.
- Break asphalt and other pavement so that pipes can be accessed, using airhammers, picks, and shovels.
- Rotate cleaning rods manually, using turning pins.
- 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.
- Install rotary knives on flexible cables mounted on machine reels, according to the diameters of pipes to be cleaned.
- 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.
- Withdraw cables from pipes and examine them for evidence of mud, roots, grease, and other deposits indicating broken or clogged sewer lines.
- Service, adjust, and make minor repairs to equipment, machines, and attachments.
- Drive trucks to transport crews, materials, and equipment.
- 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.
- Update sewer maps and manhole charts.
- 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.
Related Technology & Tools
- Air tampers
- Prying bars
- Portable drills
- Power trowels
- Material pumping hoses
- Power screeds
- Sewer cleaners
- Caulk dispensing tools
- Portable sewer cleaning machines
- Septic pumping trucks
- Pipe cutters
- Measuring tapes
- Liquid pumps
- Personal computers
- Sewer surveillance cameras
- Mobile radios
- Air hammers
- Sewer cleaning rods
- Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Claw hammers
- Bucket machines
- High velocity water jetters
- Portable concrete mixers
- End pipe wrenches
- Dirt shovels
- Power rodders
- Mobile tracked excavators
- Route mapping software
- Work scheduling software
- Intuit QuickBooks
- Word processing software
- Web browser software
- Data entry software