What they do
Streetsweeper operators clean litter and debris from roads and gutters to stop blockages of storm water facilities that lead to waterways. Other areas that they may service include car parks, construction sites, factory isles and shopping centres. They may also attend to hazardous waste materials that can harm wildlife, or clean up oil, fuel or concrete spills. They use a range of motorised mobile plants and vehicles or may work with hand operated tools and equipment.
Streetsweeper operators regularly inspect and maintain the machines they operate. They also perform manual cleaning duties such as picking up litter and operating pressure washers. They travel to different locations and often work outdoors in public spaces.
Streetsweeper operators may work in shifts, including late nights and early mornings, and they may also work on weekends and public holidays.
Tools and technologies
Streetsweeper operators drive dual controlled vehicles. They may operate suction streetsweepers, machines that operate via a hydrostatic drive system, or water trucks.
They may be required to make minor replacements and repairs to the machine’s chambers, brushes and other parts. Safety equipment such as earmuffs, safety glasses, high visibility clothing and safety boots may be required.
How do I become one?
Education and training
It is possible to work as a street sweeper operator without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.
Required registration and licensing
To work as a street sweeper operator in Western Australia you will need to obtain at least a ‘C’ class driver’s licence. Some employers may require you to hold a medium or heavy rigid licence, depending on the type of plant or vehicle used in their operations. Contact the Department of Transport for more information about the different licence types.