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Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 70360/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 33.83/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,760
    • Yearly Projected Openings 150

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Initiative
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Screwdrivers
    • Portable data input terminals
    • Circuit tester
    • Blow torch
    • Ammeters

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Project management software
    • Industrial control software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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