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

  • Water Valve Repairer
  • Water Valve Mechanic
  • Water Plant Maintenance Mechanic
  • Water Meter Mechanic
  • Water Meter Installer
  • Valve Technician
  • Valve Mechanic
  • Valve Grinder
  • Valve and Regulator Repairer
  • Thermostat Repairer
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What They Do

  • Connect hoses from provers to meter inlets and outlets, and raise prover bells until prover gauges register zero.
  • Clean plant growth, scale, paint, soil, or rust from meter housings, using wire brushes, scrapers, buffers, sandblasters, or cleaning compounds.
  • Calibrate thermostats for specified temperature or pressure settings.
  • Advise customers on proper installation of valves or regulators and related equipment.
  • Attach pressurized meters to fixtures which submerge them in water, and observe meters for leaks.
  • Splice and connect cables from meters or current transformers to pull boxes or switchboards, using hand tools.
  • Collect money due on delinquent accounts.
  • Repair leaks in valve seats or bellows of automotive heater thermostats, using soft solder, flux, and acetylene torches.
  • Clamp regulator units into vises on stages above water tanks, and attach compressed air hoses to intake ports.
  • Recommend and write up specifications for changes in hardware, such as house wiring.

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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Preparation Required

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

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $64,050 with most people making between $35,170 and $96,250

Outlook

0.94%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,200 people in California. It is projected that there will be 3,500 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 30 openings due to growth and about 130 replacement openings for approximately 160 total annual openings.