CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Drive trucks to transport crews, materials, and equipment.
 
Communicate with supervisors and other workers, using equipment such as wireless phones, pagers, or radio telephones.
 
Prepare and keep records of actions taken, including maintenance and repair work.
 
Operate sewer cleaning equipment, including power rodders, high velocity water jets, sewer flushers, bucket machines, wayne balls, and vac-alls.
 
Ensure that repaired sewer line joints are tightly sealed before backfilling begins.
 
Withdraw cables from pipes and examine them for evidence of mud, roots, grease, and other deposits indicating broken or clogged sewer lines.
 
Install rotary knives on flexible cables mounted on machine reels, according to the diameters of pipes to be cleaned.
 
Measure excavation sites, using plumbers' snakes, tapelines, or lengths of cutting heads within sewers, and mark areas for digging.
 
Locate problems, using specially designed equipment, and mark where digging must occur to reach damaged tanks or pipes.
 
Clean and repair septic tanks, sewer lines, or related structures such as manholes, culverts, and catch basins.
 
Start machines to feed revolving cables or rods into openings, stopping machines and changing knives to conform to pipe sizes.
 
Service, adjust, and make minor repairs to equipment, machines, and attachments.
 
Inspect manholes to locate sewer line stoppages.
 
Cut damaged sections of pipe with cutters, remove broken sections from ditches, and replace pipe sections, using pipe sleeves.
 
Dig out sewer lines manually, using shovels.
 
Break asphalt and other pavement so that pipes can be accessed, using airhammers, picks, and shovels.
 
Cover repaired pipes with dirt, and pack backfilled excavations, using air and gasoline tampers.
 
Requisition or order tools and equipment.
 
Rotate cleaning rods manually, using turning pins.
 
Clean and disinfect domestic basements and other areas flooded by sewer stoppages.
 
Tap mainline sewers to install sewer saddles.
 
Update sewer maps and manhole charts.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
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.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
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.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Drain Cleaner
Electric Sewer Cleaning Machine Operator
Maintenance Worker
Pipe Cleaning Machine Operator
Pipe Cleaning and Priming Machine Operator
Plumber
Public Works Technician
Roto Rooter Operator
Septic Cleaner
Septic Pump Truck Driver
Septic Tank Cleaner
Service Technician
Servicer
Sewage Screen Operator
Sewer Cleaner
Sewer Line Repairer
Sewer Pipe Cleaner
Sewer and Drain Cleaner
Sewer and Drain Technician
Utility Worker
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
 
 
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