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:
- Drives trucks to transport crews, materials, and equipment.
- Communicates with supervisors and other workers, using equipment such as wireless phones, pagers, or radio telephones.
- Prepares and keeps records of actions taken, including maintenance and repair work.
- Operates sewer cleaning equipment, including power rodders, high-velocity water jets, sewer flushers, bucket machines, wayne balls, and vac-alls.
- Ensures that repaired sewer line joints are tightly sealed before backfilling begins.
- Withdraws cables from pipes and examines them for evidence of mud, roots, grease, and other deposits indicating broken or clogged sewer lines.
- Installs rotary knives on flexible cables mounted on machine reels, according to the diameters of pipes to be cleaned.
- Measures excavation sites, using plumbers' snakes, tapelines, or lengths of cutting heads within sewers, and marks areas for digging.
- Locates problems, using specially designed equipment, and marks where digging must occur to reach damaged tanks or pipes.
- Cleans and repairs septic tanks, sewer lines, or related structures such as manholes, culverts, and catch basins.