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

O*NET-SOC 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.

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

SOC Occupation Groups

49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
49-9000 Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
49-9010 Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
49-9012.00 Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Adjust the tension of nuts or bolts.
  • Advise others on issues related to repairs, installation, or equipment design.
  • Calibrate equipment to specifications.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
  • Collect payments for good or services.
  • Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs.
  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
  • Connect electrical components or equipment.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or piping.
  • Control power supply connections.
  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Document operational activities.
  • Enter codes or other information into computers.
  • Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
  • Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
  • Install metering equipment.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records.
  • Measure distances or dimensions.
  • Paint surfaces or equipment.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair.
  • Rebuild parts or components.
  • Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
  • Repair electrical components.
  • Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
  • Repair pipes to stop leaking.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Seal gaps or cracks to prevent leakage or moisture intrusion.
  • Solder parts or connections between parts.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Train customers in the use of products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician, EA-6 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician, F/A-18 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician, KC-130 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Electrical/Instrument/Flight Control Systems Technician, IMA (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Fuel Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Fuel Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Fuel Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Fuel Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Fuel Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Automatic Combustion Control (General Regulator) Maintenanceman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Fuels (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Electrician's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cryogenics Equipment Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Electrician's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Engineman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Hull Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Repairman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinist's Mate (Nuclear) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mobile Facility Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • NAMTS Valve Repair Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Power Generation Equipment Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Propulsion Plant Mechanical Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Utilities Equipment Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Electric-Meter Installer I
  • Electric-Meter Repairer
  • Gas Utility Worker
  • Gas-Meter Mechanic I
  • Gas-Regulator Repairer
  • Meter Repairer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Air-Valve Repairer
  • Electric-Meter Installer I
  • Electric-Meter Installer II
  • Electric-Meter Repairer
  • Electric-Meter-Repairer Apprentice
  • Field-Mechanical-Meter Tester
  • Gas Utility Worker
  • Gas-Meter Mechanic I
  • Gas-Meter Mechanic II
  • Gas-Meter Prover
  • Gas-Regulator Repairer
  • Industrial-Gas Servicer
  • Inside-Meter Tester
  • Meter Repairer
  • Salvager
  • Thermostat Repairer
  • Valve Repairer
  • Water Regulator and Valve Repairer
  • Water-Meter Installer