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Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door
District Of Columbia

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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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Currently Employed: 140

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $18.37 - $31.33

Typical Annual Salary: $38,200 - $65,200

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Test valves and regulators for leaks and accurate temperature and pressure settings, using precision testing equipment.
  • 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.
  • Install regulators and related equipment such as gas meters, odorization units, and gas pressure telemetering equipment.
  • Record meter readings and installation data on meter cards, work orders, or field service orders, or enter data into hand-held computers.
  • Shut off service and notify repair crews when major repairs are required, such as the replacement of underground pipes or wiring.
  • 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.
  • Examine valves or mechanical control device parts for defects, dents, or loose attachments, and mark malfunctioning areas of defective units.

tools & technology

  • Blow torch
  • Pipe or tube cutter
  • Portable data input terminals
  • Screwdrivers
  • Slip or groove joint pliers

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Project management software
  • Spreadsheet software

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