Job duties for a drain technician

Written by sam williams | 13/05/2017
Job duties for a drain technician
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If you prefer hands-on careers, a drain technician could be the job for you. To qualify for this type of maintenance position, you should have some experience with drain cleaning techniques. It used to be a dirty job, but new technologies, including hydro jetting and maintenance cable machines, make it easier to perform the functions of the position without the grit.


Oftentimes, the drain technician is tasked with performing diagnostic tests and location searches to find the problems in the system. Once the problem is located, the technician's job is to clean out the system, patch up the problem or replace the system. Jennifer Dawson, in a Houston Business Journal Article titled "Waste Firm Slides into Dominance," reports that this career can include "cleaning sludge from wastewater treatment facilities run by municipal utility districts; unstopping sewer lines for restaurants; and cleaning grit primarily found in dry cleaning operations."


The drain technician will assess the damage to the drainage system and provide the customer with a bid. If the position is held in service of commercial clients, the management team is generally responsible for securing new customers. If the position is held to serve residential clients, the technician is tasked with upselling the services offered by the company, such as monthly maintenance, diagnostic checks or warranties.

Safety Advocate

The technician is responsible for the safe operation of equipment such as service vans or truck sewer equipment. He provides customers with safety tips and information for cleaning and maintaining their own equipment. A drain technician may also provide eco-friendly guidance to both residential and commercial clients to reduce damage to the environment from their plumbing and sewer systems.

On Call

A drain technician must be available to handle service calls 24 hours a day in some instances. Many of the positions available for this career are contract-based. The employee doesn't have to work a set schedule, because she is paid by the service calls that she handles. Therefore, the technician would need to be available any time she receives a service call.

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