Cleans and repairs septic tanks, sewer lines, or drains. May patch walls and partitions of tank, replace damaged drain tile, or repair breaks in underground piping.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Maintenance and Operations pathway.
A person in this career:
- Communicates with supervisors and other workers, using equipment such as wireless phones, pagers, or radio telephones.
- Drives trucks to transport crews, materials, and equipment.
- Inspects manholes to locate sewer line stoppages.
- Operates sewer cleaning equipment, including power rodders, high-velocity water jets, sewer flushers, bucket machines, wayne balls, and vac-alls.
- Prepares and keeps records of actions taken, including maintenance and repair work.
- Cleans and repairs septic tanks, sewer lines, or related structures such as manholes, culverts, and catch basins.
- Measures excavation sites, using plumbers' snakes, tapelines, or lengths of cutting heads within sewers, and marks areas for digging.
- Services, adjusts, and makes minor repairs to equipment, machines, and attachments.
- Locates problems, using specially designed equipment, and marks where digging must occur to reach damaged tanks or pipes.
- Digs out sewer lines manually, using shovels.