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.

Job Outlook through 2028

Employment Current: 1,560
Employment Projected: 1,760
Percentage Change: 12.8%

Education/Training

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Sample Job Titles

  • Drain Cleaner
  • Drain Technician
  • Laborer
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Public Works Technician
  • Septic Cleaner
  • Septic Pump Truck Driver
  • Septic Tank Service Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Sewer Bricklayer

Duties

  • 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.

Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation 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.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $32,130
Average: $43,470
Experienced: $62,700