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Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Communicate with supervisors and other workers, using equipment such as wireless phones, pagers, or radio telephones.
    • Drive trucks to transport crews, materials, and equipment.
    • Inspect manholes to locate sewer line stoppages.
    • Operate sewer cleaning equipment, including power rodders, high-velocity water jets, sewer flushers, bucket machines, wayne balls, and vac-alls.
    • 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.
    • Measure excavation sites, using plumbers' snakes, tapelines, or lengths of cutting heads within sewers, and mark areas for digging.
    • Service, adjust, and make minor repairs to equipment, machines, and attachments.
    • Clean and disinfect domestic basements and other areas flooded by sewer stoppages.
    • 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.
    • Ensure that repaired sewer line joints are tightly sealed before backfilling begins.
    • Rotate cleaning rods manually, using turning pins.
    • 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.
    • Update sewer maps and manhole charts.
    • Cover repaired pipes with dirt, and pack backfilled excavations, using air and gasoline tampers.
    • Cut damaged sections of pipe with cutters, remove broken sections from ditches, and replace pipe sections, using pipe sleeves.
    • Requisition or order tools and equipment.
    • Break asphalt and other pavement so that pipes can be accessed, using airhammers, picks, and shovels.
    • Tap mainline sewers to install sewer saddles.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 46460/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.33/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,420
    • Yearly Projected Openings 180

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
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    • Concrete mixers or plants
    • Claw hammer
    • Caulking guns

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Internet browser software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Accounting software

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