Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door
SOC: 49-9012.00

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
42,400 employed

Projected (2024):
42,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Air Valve Mechanic
  • Air Valve Repairer
  • Control Specialist
  • 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 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
  • Plant Controls Specialist
  • Pneumatic Tester Mechanic
  • Pneumatic Tool Repairer
  • Pneumatic Tube Repairer
  • Project Controls Specialist
  • 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


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • 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 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, plug outlets, and observe gauges for pressure losses 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, or modifying parts needed for repairs.
  • Cut seats to receive new orifices, tap inspection ports, and perform other repairs 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, or rust from meter housings, using wire brushes, scrapers, buffers, sandblasters, or cleaning compounds.
  • Clamp regulator units into vises on stages above water tanks, and attach compressed air hoses to intake ports.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acetylene torches
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Ammeters
  • Bench vises
  • Bucket trucks
  • Burden testers
  • Cable cutters
  • Circuit testers
  • Clamp-on meters
  • Claw hammers
  • Conduit benders
  • Copper cutters
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Cutting torches
  • Dataloggers
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Electrician's pliers
  • Fish tapes
  • Flow meters
  • Flow recorders
  • Forklifts
  • Grease guns
  • Grinding tools
  • Groove-joint pliers
  • Hacksaws
  • Hand saws
  • Handheld computers
  • Handheld transmitters
  • Hydraulic pumps
  • Hydraulic truck-mounted cranes
  • Hydraulic wrenches
  • Infrared cameras
  • Insulated adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Insulated screwdrivers
  • Insulated wrenches
  • Keyhole saws
  • Ladders
  • Laptop computers
  • Layout squares
  • Locking pliers
  • Longnose pliers
  • Measurement calipers
  • Measuring tapes
  • Metal cutting dies
  • Metal cutting taps
  • Micrometers
  • Mobile data terminals
  • Multimeters
  • Nut drivers
  • Overhead cranes
  • Paint spray booths
  • Paint spray guns
  • Personal computers
  • Phasemeters
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pipe cutters
  • Pop rivet guns
  • Portable welding equipment
  • Power drills
  • Power saws
  • Power screwdrivers
  • Power system analyzers
  • Power wrenches
  • Precision levels
  • Pressure gauges
  • Pressure recorders
  • Punches
  • Quick wrenches
  • Rasps
  • Robertson screwdrivers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sandblasters
  • Scaffolding
  • Scrapers
  • Side cutting pliers
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Soldering irons
  • Steel chisels
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Test lamps
  • Tongs
  • Two way radios
  • Utility knives
  • Voltmeters
  • Watt-hour test meters
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Data entry software
  • Emerson FIRSTVUE Value Sizing
  • Maintenance record software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software
  • SAP software
  • Spreadsheet software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990