Will “Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners” be Replaced By Robots? 🤔
83% Chance of Automation
“Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners” will probably be replaced by robots.
This job is ranked #468 out of #702. A higher ranking (i.e., a lower number) means the job is 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
Also Known As…
- 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 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 “Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners”
- Locate problems, using specially designed equipment, and mark where digging must occur to reach damaged tanks or pipes.
- Withdraw cables from pipes and examine them for evidence of mud, roots, grease, and other deposits indicating broken or clogged sewer lines.
- Drive trucks to transport crews, materials, and equipment.
- Prepare and keep records of actions taken, including maintenance and repair work.
- Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or related structures such as manholes, culverts, and catch basins.
- Rotate cleaning rods manually, using turning pins.
- Operate sewer cleaning equipment, including power rodders, high-velocity water jets, sewer flushers, bucket machines, wayne balls, and vac-alls.
- Break asphalt and other pavement so that pipes can be accessed, using airhammers, picks, and shovels.
- Ensure that repaired sewer line joints are tightly sealed before backfilling begins.
- Update sewer maps and manhole charts.
- Tap mainline sewers to install sewer saddles.
- Cut damaged sections of pipe with cutters, remove broken sections from ditches, and replace pipe sections, using pipe sleeves.
- Clean and disinfect domestic basements and other areas flooded by sewer stoppages.
- 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.
- Measure excavation sites, using plumbers' snakes, tapelines, or lengths of cutting heads within sewers, and mark areas for digging.
- Requisition or order tools and equipment.
- Inspect manholes to locate sewer line stoppages.
- Service, adjust, and make minor repairs to equipment, machines, and attachments.
- Cover repaired pipes with dirt, and pack backfilled excavations, using air and gasoline tampers.
- Start machines to feed revolving cables or rods into openings, stopping machines and changing knives to conform to pipe sizes.
- Communicate with supervisors and other workers, using equipment such as wireless phones, pagers, or radio telephones.
Related Technology & Tools
- Power rodders
- Bucket machines
- Personal computers
- Dirt shovels
- Portable sewer cleaning machines
- Claw hammers
- Pipe cutters
- Mobile tracked excavators
- Septic pumping trucks
- Sewer cleaners
- Liquid pumps
- Sewer surveillance cameras
- Measuring tapes
- End pipe wrenches
- Prying bars
- Power screeds
- Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Mobile radios
- Air hammers
- Caulk dispensing tools
- Material pumping hoses
- High velocity water jetters
- Portable drills
- Portable concrete mixers
- Sewer cleaning rods
- Air tampers
- Power trowels
- Intuit QuickBooks
- Word processing software
- Route mapping software
- Web browser software
- Data entry software
- Work scheduling software