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SEWER/STORM DRAIN MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR: It's Not As Bad As What You Think It Is

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Patrick is the maintenance supervisor for the sewer and storm drain system of a small city. His responsibilities include setting up cleaning and maintenance schedules for the system as well as scheduling street cleaning for the city. His job also includes keeping the city's creeks clean. Patrick says he applied for a job in sewer maintenance while he was working in construction and after getting the job he moved his way up to a supervising position.

Job Title: Maintenance Supervisor

Job Summary: Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

Job Description

General maintenance and repair workers maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems. General maintenance and repair workers often carry out many different tasks in a single day.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $55,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Likes working with hands, People skills, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Hand-eye coordination, Strength/stamina
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m='19220'>drains.</span> <span m='20170'>I</span> <span m='20370'>schedule</span> <span m='20860'>the</span> <span m='21000'>cleanings.</span> <span m='22100'>I</span> <span m='22490'>also</span> <span m='23080'>perform</span> <span m='24070'>any</span> <span m='24350'>emergency</span> <span m='25720'>that</span> <span m='26100'>should</span> <span m='26310'>happen,</span> <span m='26680'>like</span> <span m='27000'>overflows.</span> </p><p><span m='28310'>I also</span> <span m='28830'>monitor</span> <span m='30020'>and</span> <span m='30220'>oversee</span> <span m='31530'>the</span> <span m='31650'>work</span> <span m='32049'>operations</span> <span m='32800'>of their</span> <span m='32950'>lift</span> <span m='33550'>stations.</span> <span m='35090'>I</span> <span m='35280'>also</span> <span m='36010'>schedule</span> <span m='37080'>street</span> <span m='37540'>cleaning.</span> <span m='38650'>I also</span> <span m='38950'>do</span> <span m='39390'>annual</span> <span m='39910'>reports</span> <span m='40920'>on</span> <span m='41540'>creek</span> <span m='42060'>cleanups,</span> <span m='43420'>storm</span> <span m='43720'>drain</span> <span m='44030'>clean-ups,</span> <span m='44940'>and sewer</span> <span m='45360'>clean-ups.</span> <span m='46160'>So</span> <span m='46690'>that's</span> <span m='46920'>basically</span> <span m='47390'>what</span> <span m='47610'>my</span> <span m='47830'>job</span> <span m='48190'>entails.</span> </p><p><span m='49020'>My</span> <span m='49210'>day-to-day</span> <span m='50080'>responsibilities</span> <span m='50490'>are</span> <span m='52740'>assigning</span> <span m='53470'>jobs</span> <span m='56050'>to other</span> <span m='56370'>guys</span> <span m='56770'>that</span> <span m='56910'>work</span> <span m='57200'>in</span> <span m='57840'>the</span> <span m='57960'>department</span> <span m='58780'>under</span> <span m='58970'>my</span> <span m='59200'>supervision.</span> <span m='60440'>The</span> <span m='60670'>type of</span> <span m='61280'>equipment we have are</span> <span m='61720'>a</span> <span m='61990'>street</span> <span m='62350'>sweeper,</span> <span m='63100'>a</span> <span m='63430'>hydrovac,</span> <span m='64790'>which</span> <span m='66030'>works</span> <span m='66390'>like</span> <span m='66600'>a</span> <span m='66680'>giant</span> <span m='67120'>vacuum</span> <span m='67580'>cleaner,</span> <span m='68120'>but</span> <span m='68440'>also</span> <span m='68710'>a</span> <span m='69240'>flusher.</span> <span m='70190'>We</span> <span m='70510'>also</span> <span m='70830'>have</span> <span m='71110'>a</span> <span m='71160'>rodder.</span> <span m='73770'>It's</span> <span m='74270'>a</span> <span m='74510'>rodder</span> <span m='74610'>truck,</span> <span m='74920'>basically,</span> <span m='75440'>used</span> <span m='75880'>to</span> <span m='76420'>rod,</span> <span m='76860'>sewer,</span> <span m='77300'>and</span> <span m='77510'>cut</span> <span m='77610'>roots</span> <span m='78310'>out</span> <span m='78520'>of</span> <span m='78600'>mainlines.</span> </p><p><span m='79950'>I've</span> <span m='80170'>been</span> <span m='80400'>doing</span> <span m='80670'>construction</span> <span m='81450'>for</span> <span m='81810'>probably</span> <span m='83010'>15</span> <span m='83440'>years</span> <span m='83750'>or</span> <span m='83840'>so.</span> <span m='84270'>There</span> <span m='84520'>was</span> <span m='84800'>a</span> <span m='85660'>job</span> <span m='85980'>opening</span> <span m='86500'>for</span> <span m='86610'>maintenance,</span> <span m='87400'>which</span> <span m='87660'>I</span> <span m='88060'>thought I</span> <span m='88390'>felt I</span> <span m='89750'>came</span> <span m='90000'>in</span> <span m='90050'>that</span> <span m='90250'>category.</span> <span m='90990'>I</span> <span m='91080'>didn't</span> <span m='91460'>know</span> <span m='91700'>that</span> <span m='92075'>that meant</span> <span m='92780'>that</span> <span m='93080'>I would</span> <span m='93220'>be</span> <span m='94338'>applying for</span> <span m='97152'>sewer</span> <span m='97621'>and storm</span> <span m='98090'>drain.</span> <span m='99028'>I</span> <span m='99497'>thought that</span> <span m='99970'>it would</span> <span m='100520'>put me</span> <span m='100840'>into</span> <span m='101150'>building</span> <span m='101820'>maintenance.</span> </p><p><span m='102420'>I</span> <span m='102550'>started</span> <span m='103020'>off</span> <span m='105010'>as</span> <span m='105240'>just a</span> <span m='105320'>maintenance</span> <span m='105720'>worker,</span> <span m='106900'>and</span> <span m='107120'>then</span> <span m='107260'>four</span> <span m='107470'>years</span> <span m='107740'>later,</span> <span m='108280'>they</span> <span m='108500'>saw</span> <span m='109740'>the</span> <span m='110220'>supervisory</span> <span m='111550'>potential</span> <span m='111920'>in</span> <span m='112290'>me.</span> <span m='112840'>They</span> <span m='112990'>had</span> <span m='113200'>a</span> <span m='113730'>supervisor</span> <span m='114130'>position</span> <span m='114690'>open.</span> <span m='115150'>I</span> <span m='115550'>applied</span> <span m='115970'>for it</span> <span m='119310'>and they</span> <span m='119500'>hired me</span> <span m='119830'>for</span> <span m='120020'>that</span> <span m='120170'>position.</span> </p><p><span m='121210'>I've</span> <span m='121260'>always</span> <span m='121890'>thought</span> <span m='122230'>that</span> <span m='122400'>sewer</span> <span m='123200'>and</span> <span m='123600'>stuff</span> <span m='123900'>like</span> <span m='124170'>that</span> <span m='124480'>is</span> <span m='124850'>just</span> <span m='125230'>so</span> <span m='125570'>nasty</span> <span m='126815'>that</span> <span m='127290'>it</span> <span m='127500'>would</span> <span m='127730'>never</span> <span m='128090'>have been</span> <span m='128389'>something</span> <span m='128770'>that</span> <span m='128970'>I</span> <span m='129050'>would--</span> <span m='129289'>a</span> <span m='129660'>career</span> <span m='129889'>that</span> <span m='130220'>I</span> <span m='130410'>would</span> <span m='130630'>have</span> <span m='130830'>chose.</span> <span m='131470'>But</span> <span m='131860'>working</span> <span m='132350'>in</span> <span m='132500'>the</span> <span m='132660'>sewer</span> <span m='133120'>industry,</span> <span m='134040'>that's</span> <span m='134310'>something</span> <span m='134630'>that</span> <span m='134820'>would</span> <span m='134990'>never,</span> <span m='135410'>ever</span> <span m='135750'>go</span> <span m='135950'>away,</span> <span m='137210'>and</span> <span m='138510'>they</span> <span m='138660'>pay</span> <span m='139140'>good.</span> </p><p><span m='140100'>And it's a</span> <span m='140490'>job</span> <span m='140910'>that</span> <span m='141300'>somebody's</span> <span m='141980'>got</span> <span m='142180'>to</span> <span m='142310'>do</span> <span m='142530'>it.</span> <span m='143440'>And</span> <span m='144390'>in</span> <span m='144960'>most</span> <span m='145240'>cases,</span> <span m='146010'>it's</span> <span m='146270'>not</span> <span m='146640'>as</span> <span m='146830'>bad</span> <span m='147600'>as</span> <span m='147860'>what</span> <span m='148390'>you</span> <span m='148630'>think</span> <span m='148920'>it</span> <span m='149250'>is,</span> <span m='149710'>because</span> <span m='150290'>when</span> <span m='151080'>I</span> <span m='151710'>thought</span> <span m='151920'>about</span> <span m='152350'>sewer,</span> <span m='153290'>I</span> <span m='153520'>just</span> <span m='153770'>thought</span> <span m='153990'>about</span> <span m='154320'>what</span> <span m='154700'>I flushed</span> <span m='155030'>down</span> <span m='155410'>the</span> <span m='155520'>toilet.</span> <span m='156160'>I</span> <span m='156320'>later</span> <span m='156770'>realized</span> <span m='157460'>that</span> <span m='158490'>in</span> <span m='158660'>the</span> <span m='158770'>capacity</span> <span m='160040'>that I</span> <span m='160350'>work</span> <span m='161160'>and</span> <span m='161300'>with the</span> <span m='161650'>type</span> <span m='161870'>of</span> <span m='161930'>equipment</span> <span m='162360'>that</span> <span m='162490'>I use,</span> <span m='163780'>it's</span> <span m='164240'>really</span> <span m='164660'>not</span> <span m='165910'>as</span> <span m='166130'>dirty</span> <span m='166420'>as</span> <span m='166710'>I</span> <span m='167093'>thought it</span> <span m='167476'>would</span> <span m='168050'>be,</span> <span m='169580'>because</span> <span m='169940'>I'm</span> <span m='170090'>used</span> <span m='170410'>equipment</span> <span m='170925'>to</span> <span m='171370'>actually</span> <span m='171870'>do</span> <span m='172070'>all the</span> <span m='172250'>work</span> <span m='172905'>more so than</span> <span m='174040'>me</span> <span m='174315'>doing</span> <span m='174590'>that</span> <span m='174800'>type of</span> <span m='175170'>work.</span> <span m='175450'>So</span> <span m='175910'>it's</span> <span m='176110'>nothing</span> <span m='176470'>like</span> <span m='176860'>I</span> <span m='177660'>imagined</span> <span m='178260'>it</span> <span m='178370'>would</span> <span m='178560'>be.</span> </p>","file":{"id":289863,"video_id":"2700915528001","name":"1142-Patrick-p-Sewer-StormDrainMaintenanceSupervisor1","duration":179119,"thumbnail_url":null}});