Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Air Valve Mechanic
  • Air Valve Repairer
  • Control Technician
  • Control Valve Mechanic
  • Control Valve Technician
  • Electrician
  • Electric Meter Installer
  • Electric Meter Repairer
  • Electric Meter Repairer Apprentice
  • Electric Meter Setter

What They Do

  • Clamp regulator units into vises on stages above water tanks, and attach compressed air hoses to intake ports.
  • Clean plant growth, scale, paint, soil, or rust from meter housings, using wire brushes, scrapers, buffers, sandblasters, or cleaning compounds.
  • Splice and connect cables from meters or current transformers to pull boxes or switchboards, using hand tools.
  • Dip valves and regulators in molten lead to prevent leakage, and paint valves, fittings, and other devices, using spray guns.
  • Recommend and write up specifications for changes in hardware, such as house wiring.
  • Collect money due on delinquent accounts.
  • Calibrate thermostats for specified temperature or pressure settings.
  • Reassemble repaired equipment, and solder top, front, and back case panels in place, using soldering guns, power tools, and hand tools.
  • Cut seats to receive new orifices, tap inspection ports, and perform other repairs to salvage usable materials, using hand tools and machine tools.
  • Recondition displacement type gas meters and governors, fabricating, machining, or modifying parts needed for repairs.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

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

LMI Region

Wages

In 2012, the average annual wage in Washington was $51,060 with most people making between $31,080 and $73,700

Outlook

0.19%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 1,050 people in Washington. It is projected that there will be 1,070 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 2 openings due to growth and about 18 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.