Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door

Description

Install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors.

Tasks

  • Turn meters on or off to establish or close service.
  • Turn valves to allow measured amounts of air or gas to pass through meters at specified flow rates.
  • Report hazardous field situations and damaged or missing meters.
  • Record meter readings and installation data on meter cards, work orders, or field service orders, or enter data into hand-held computers.
  • Connect regulators to test stands, and turn screw adjustments until gauges indicate that inlet and outlet pressures meet specifications.
  • Disassemble and repair mechanical control devices or valves, such as regulators, thermostats, or hydrants, using power tools, hand tools, and cutting torches.
  • Record maintenance information, including test results, material usage, and repairs made.
  • Disconnect and/or remove defective or unauthorized meters, using hand tools.
  • Lubricate wearing surfaces of mechanical parts, using oils or other lubricants.
  • Test valves and regulators for leaks and accurate temperature and pressure settings, using precision testing equipment.
  • Install regulators and related equipment such as gas meters, odorization units, and gas pressure telemetering equipment.
  • Shut off service and notify repair crews when major repairs are required, such as the replacement of underground pipes or wiring.
  • Examine valves or mechanical control device parts for defects, dents, or loose attachments, and mark malfunctioning areas of defective units.
  • Attach air hoses to meter inlets; then plug outlets and observe gauges for pressure losses in order to test internal seams for leaks.
  • Dismantle meters, and replace or adjust defective parts such as cases, shafts, gears, disks, and recording mechanisms, using soldering irons and hand tools.
  • Advise customers on proper installation of valves or regulators and related equipment.
  • Connect hoses from provers to meter inlets and outlets, and raise prover bells until prover gauges register zero.
  • Make adjustments to meter components, such as setscrews or timing mechanisms, so that they conform to specifications.
  • Replace defective parts, such as bellows, range springs, and toggle switches, and reassemble units according to blueprints, using cam presses and hand tools.
  • Investigate instances of illegal tapping into service lines.
  • Install, inspect and test electric meters, relays, and power sources to detect causes of malfunctions and inaccuracies, using hand tools and testing equipment.
  • Trace and tag meters or house lines.
  • Mount and install meters and other electric equipment such as time clocks, transformers, and circuit breakers, using electricians' hand tools.
  • Vary air pressure flowing into regulators and turn handles to assess functioning of valves and pistons.
  • Attach pressurized meters to fixtures which submerge them in water, and observe meters for leaks.
  • Measure tolerances of assembled and salvageable parts for conformance to standards or specifications, using gauges, micrometers, and calipers.
  • Repair leaks in valve seats or bellows of automotive heater thermostats, using soft solder, flux, and acetylene torches.
  • Clean internal compartments and moving parts, using rags and cleaning compounds.
  • Repair electric meters and components, such as transformers and relays, and replace metering devices, dial glasses, and faulty or incorrect wiring, using hand tools.
  • Recondition displacement type gas meters and governors, fabricating, machining, and/or modifying parts needed for repairs.
  • Cut seats to receive new orifices, tap inspection ports, and perform other repairs in order to salvage usable materials, using hand tools and machine tools.
  • Reassemble repaired equipment, and solder top, front, and back case panels in place, using soldering guns, power tools, and hand tools.
  • Calibrate thermostats for specified temperature or pressure settings.
  • Collect money due on delinquent accounts.
  • Recommend and write up specifications for changes in hardware, such as house wiring.
  • Dip valves and regulators in molten lead to prevent leakage, and paint valves, fittings, and other devices, using spray guns.
  • Splice and connect cables from meters or current transformers to pull boxes or switchboards, using hand tools.
  • Clean plant growth, scale, paint, soil, and/or rust from meter housings, using wire brushes, scrapers, buffers, sandblasters, and/or cleaning compounds.
  • Clamp regulator units into vises on stages above water tanks, and attach compressed air hoses to intake ports.

Knowledge

Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Foreign Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Air Valve Mechanic
Air Valve Repairer
Control Technician
Control Valve Mechanic
Control Valve Technician
Electric Meter Installer
Electric Meter Repairer
Electric Meter Repairer Apprentice
Electric Meter Setter
Electric Meter Technician
Electrician
Electromechanical Technician
Fare Register Repairer
Field Mechanical Meter Tester
Field Service Technician
Fire Extinguisher Repairer
Flowmeter Test and Certification Mechanic
Gas Measurement Specialist
Gas Meter Installer
Gas Meter Mechanic
Gas Meter Prover
Gas Pit Worker
Gas Regulator Repairer
Gas Technician
Gas Utility Worker
Industrial Gas Servicer
Inside Meter Tester
Instrument and Controls Technician
Instrument and Electrical Technician (I & E Technician)
Instrument and Valve Technician
Instrument Technician
Instrument, Control and Electrical Technician (ICE Technician)
Instrumentation Technician
Lubrication Equipment Servicer
Machinist
Maintenance Technician
Measurement Controls Specialist
Measurement Technician
Mechanic
Meter Installer
Meter Mechanic
Meter Repairer
Meter Technician
Meterman
Motor Power Connector
Parking Meter Installer
Parking Meter Mechanic
Parking Meter Servicer
Pneumatic Tester Mechanic
Pneumatic Tool Repairer
Pneumatic Tube Repairer
Pyrometer Mechanic
Regulator Mechanic
Regulator Repair Person
Residential Gas Heat Technician
Rocket Engine Component Mechanic
Safety Relief Valve Technician
Salvager
Scale Installer
Service Technician
Shut Off Worker
Spray Gun Repairer
Taximeter Repairer
Thermostat Mechanic
Thermostat Repairer
Valve and Regulator Repairer
Valve Grinder
Valve Mechanic
Valve Technician
Water Meter Installer
Water Meter Mechanic
Water Regulator and Valve Mechanic
Water Regulator and Valve Repairer
Welder

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$24.5 hourly, $50,960 annual.
Employment (2008):
40,310 employees