Septic tank servicers maintain septic tanks at residential and commercial locations, and their duties include pumping septic tanks and grease traps, jetting drains, cleaning lines, disposing of waste, and various forms of maintenance and minor repairs.
A valid commercial driver’s license with a tanker endorsement is generally required for this position, as servicers usually drive trucks to carry the waste taken from septic tanks. Strong customer service skills are important in order to keep customers satisfied, and these servicers may occasionally have to educate homeowners about how to care for their septic tanks. The job can sometimes be physically-demanding with heavy lifting, digging to reach tanks, and bending and stooping. Locating some parts of a septic tank may require digging a few feet underground.
Prior experience and knowledge of septic tank parts and operations are required for this position. This work is usually performed outdoors, so servicers may occasionally be subjected to hot or cold weather. Many companies require a minimum of a high school diploma for this position.
Septic Tank Servicer or Sewer Pipe Cleaner Tasks
Operate water jetting tools or vacuum trucks.
Repair and maintain lines and fixtures.
Clean and open sewer lines.