Summary Report for:
49-9012.00 - 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.
Sample of reported job titles: Control Valve Technician; Electric Meter Technician; Instrument and Controls Technician; Instrument and Electrical Technician (I & E Technician); Instrument Technician; Instrument, Control and Electrical Technician (ICE Technician); Maintenance Technician; Measurement Technician; Meter Technician; Valve Technician
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings
- 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
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable widemouth pliers — Insulated adjustable widemouth pliers
- Adjustable wrenches
- Air compressors
- Ammeters — Clamp-on meters
- Articulating boom lift — Bucket trucks
- Bench vises
- Blow torch — Acetylene torches; Cutting torches
- Calipers — Measurement calipers
- Circuit tester — Burden testers; Circuit testers
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Cold chisels — Steel chisels
- Conduit benders
- Cutting die — Metal cutting dies
- Desktop computers
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers
- End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers
- Fish tape — Fish tapes
- Flowmeters — Flow meters; Flow recorders
- Frequency calibrator or simulator — Power system analyzers
- Grease guns
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hydraulic pumps
- Hydraulic truck cranes — Hydraulic truck-mounted cranes
- Impact wrenches — Hydraulic wrenches; Power wrenches
- Infrared imagers — Infrared cameras
- Insulated screwdriver — Insulated screwdrivers
- Levels — Precision levels
- Linemans pliers — Electrician's pliers
- Locking pliers
- Longnose pliers
- Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Nut drivers
- Open end wrenches — Crescent wrenches
- Pad or keyhole saw — Keyhole saws
- Paint application system — Paint spray booths
- Paint sprayers — Paint spray guns
- Personal computers
- Pipe or tube cutter — Copper cutters; Pipe cutters
- Pipe wrenches — Quick wrenches
- Pneumatic sanding machines — Sandblasters
- Portable data input terminals — Dataloggers; Handheld computers; Mobile data terminals
- Power drills
- Power grinders — Grinding tools
- Power saws
- Power screwguns — Power screwdrivers
- Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges; Pressure recorders
- Protective gloves — Rubber gloves
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Punches
- Radio frequency transmitters or receivers — Handheld transmitters
- Razor knives — Scrapers
- Rivet tools — Pop rivet guns
- Saws — Hand saws
- Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Robertson screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
- Slip or groove joint pliers — Groove-joint pliers; Slip joint pliers
- Soldering iron — Soldering irons
- Specialty wrenches — Insulated wrenches
- Spot welding machine — Portable welding equipment
- Squares — Layout squares
- Stripping tools — Wire strippers
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes
- Taps — Metal cutting taps
- Track cranes — Overhead cranes
- Two way radios
- Utility knives
- Voltage or current meters — Test lamps; Voltmeters
- Wattmeters — Watt-hour test meters
- Wire brushes
- Wire cutters
- Wire lug crimping tool — Wire crimpers
- Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters
Technology used in this occupation:
- 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.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- 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.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- 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.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- 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.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Detailed Work Activities
- Paint surfaces or equipment.
- Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
- Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
- Repair pipes to stop leaking.
- Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs.
- Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
- Reassemble equipment after repair.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
- Adjust the tension of nuts or bolts.
- Document operational activities.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Control power supply connections.
- Collect payments for good or services.
- Calibrate equipment to specifications.
- Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
- Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
- Maintain repair or maintenance records.
- Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
- Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
- Seal gaps or cracks to prevent leakage or moisture intrusion.
- Connect electrical components or equipment.
- Solder parts or connections between parts.
- Measure distances or dimensions.
- Train customers in the use of products.
- Install metering equipment.
- Rebuild parts or components.
- Repair electrical components.
- Enter codes or other information into computers.
- Advise others on issues related to repairs, installation, or equipment design.
- Connect hoses to equipment or piping.
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 77% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 60% responded “Every day.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 66% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 49% responded “Every day.”
- Telephone — 65% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 18% responded “Very important.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 64% responded “Every day.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 21% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 53% responded “Important results.”
- Work With Work Group or Team
- Duration of Typical Work Week
- Contact With Others — 22% responded “Contact with others about half the time.”
- Time Pressure — 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 62% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 67% responded “Every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 54% responded “Very close (near touching).”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 38% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 40% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 22% responded “Extremely important.”
- Deal With External Customers — 34% responded “Extremely important.”
- Exposed to High Places — 33% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 33% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Electronic Mail
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Spend Time Standing — 33% responded “About half the time.”
- Consequence of Error — 24% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 43% responded “Important.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 44% responded “Limited responsibility.”
- Outdoors, Under Cover — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 42% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related 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.|
|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.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|47||High school diploma or equivalent|
|5||Some college, no degree|
Interest code: RCI
- 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.
- 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.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- 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.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$25.55 hourly, $53,140 annual|
|Employment (2012)||41,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Little or no change (-2% to 2%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||13,800|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.