CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Mechanical Control and Valve Installers and Repairers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors. 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 and/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; then plug outlets and observe gauges for pressure losses in order 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, and/or modifying parts needed for repairs.
Cut seats to receive new orifices, tap inspection ports, and perform other repairs in order 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, and/or rust from meter housings, using wire brushes, scrapers, buffers, sandblasters, and/or cleaning compounds.
Clamp regulator units into vises on stages above water tanks, and attach compressed air hoses to intake ports.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
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.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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.
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.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
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.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
Emerson FIRSTVUE Value Sizing Analytical or scientific software
Maintenance record software Project management software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Air compressors Air compressors
Ammeters Ammeters
Bench vises Bench vises
Bucket trucks Articulating boom lift
Burden testers Circuit tester
Cable cutters Wire or cable cutters
Circuit testers Circuit tester
Clamp-on meters Clamp On Multimeter
Claw hammers Hammers
Crescent wrenches Open end wrenches
Cutting torches Blow torches
Dataloggers Portable data input terminals
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Diagonal cutting pliers Diagonal cut pliers
Dies Taps or dies
Electrician's pliers Linemans pliers
Files Files
Fish tapes Fish tape
Flow meters Flowmeters
Flow recorders Flowmeters
Forklifts Forklifts
Grease guns Grease guns
Grinding tools Power grinders
Groove-joint pliers Slip or groove joint pliers
Hacksaws Saws
Hand saws Saws
Handheld computers Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Handheld transmitters Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
Hydraulic pumps Hydraulic pumps
Hydraulic truck-mounted cranes Hydraulic truck cranes
Hydraulic wrenches Impact wrenches
Infrared cameras Infrared imagers
Insulated adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Insulated screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Insulated wrenches Specialty wrenches
Keyhole saws Saws
Ladders Ladders
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Layout squares Squares
Locking pliers Locking pliers
Longnose pliers Longnose pliers
Measurement calipers Calipers
Measuring tapes Tape measures
Micrometers Micrometers
Mobile data terminals Notebook computers
Multimeters Multimeters
Nut drivers Nut drivers
Overhead cranes Track cranes
Paint spray booths Spray booths
Paint spray guns Paint sprayers
Personal computers Personal computers
Phasemeters Phasemeters
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Pipe cutters Pipe or tube cutters
Pop rivet guns Rivet tools
Power drills Power drills
Power saws Power saws
Power screwdrivers Power screwguns
Power system analyzers Frequency calibrator or simulator
Power wrenches Impact wrenches
Precision levels Levels
Pressure gauges Pressure indicators
Pressure recorders Pressure indicators
Punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Quick wrenches Pipe wrenches
Rasps Rasps
Robertson screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Rubber gloves Protective gloves
Sandblasters Pneumatic sanding machines
Scaffolding Scaffolding
Scrapers Razor knives
Side cutting pliers End cut pliers
Slip joint pliers Slip or groove joint pliers
Soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
Steel chisels Cold chisels
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Taps Taps or dies
Test lamps Voltage or current meters
Tongs Tongs
Two way radios Two way radios
Utility knives Utility knives
Voltmeters Voltage or current meters
Watt-hour test meters Wattmeters
Welding equipment Welding tools
Wire brushes Wire brushes
Wire crimpers Wire lug crimping tool
Wire cutters Wire cutters
Wire strippers Stripping tools
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Air Valve Mechanic
Air Valve Repairer
Control Technician
Control Valve Mechanic
Control Valve Technician
Electric Meter Installer
Electric Meter Repairer
Electric Meter Repairer Apprentice
Electric Meter Setter
Electric Meter Technician
Electromechanical Technician
Fare Register Repairer
Field Mechanical Meter Tester
Field Service Technician
Fire Extinguisher Repairer
Flowmeter Test and Certification Mechanic
Gas Measurement Specialist
Gas Meter Installer
Gas Meter Mechanic
Gas Meter Prover
Gas Pit Worker
Gas Regulator Repairer
Gas Technician
Gas Utility Worker
Industrial Gas Servicer
Inside Meter Tester
Instrument Technician
Instrument and Controls Technician
Instrument and Electrical Technician (I & E Technician)
Instrument and Valve Technician
Instrument, Control and Electrical Technician (ICE Technician)
Instrumentation Technician
Lubrication Equipment Servicer
Maintenance Technician
Measurement Controls Specialist
Measurement Technician
Meter Installer
Meter Mechanic
Meter Repairer
Meter Technician
Motor Power Connector
Parking Meter Installer
Parking Meter Mechanic
Parking Meter Servicer
Pneumatic Tester Mechanic
Pneumatic Tool Repairer
Pneumatic Tube Repairer
Pyrometer Mechanic
Regulator Mechanic
Regulator Repair Person
Residential Gas Heat Technician
Rocket Engine Component Mechanic
Safety Relief Valve Technician
Scale Installer
Service Technician
Shut Off Worker
Spray Gun Repairer
Taximeter Repairer
Thermostat Mechanic
Thermostat Repairer
Valve Grinder
Valve Mechanic
Valve Technician
Valve and Regulator Repairer
Water Meter Installer
Water Meter Mechanic
Water Regulator and Valve Mechanic
Water Regulator and Valve Repairer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Utilities - Other
Benchmark Title: Mechanical Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
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