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Septic Tank Servicers & Sewer Pipe Cleaners

Also called: Drain Cleaner, Septic Pump Truck Driver, Septic Tank Service Technician, Service Technician

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • management
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks Hot Technology
Route navigation software
  • Route mapping software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software

Education

Education: (rated 1 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$36,430
$23,150
$59,290

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