Installs, repairs, and maintains mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Maintenance/Operations pathway.
A person in this career:
- Turns meters on or off to establish or close service.
- Turns valves to allow measured amounts of air or gas to pass through meters at specified flow rates.
- Reports hazardous field situations and damaged or missing meters.
- Records meter readings and installation data on meter cards, work orders, or field service orders, or enters data into hand-held computers.
- Connects regulators to test stands, and turn screw adjustments until gauges indicate that inlet and outlet pressures meet specifications.
- Disassembles and repairs mechanical control devices or valves, such as regulators, thermostats, or hydrants, using power tools, hand tools, and cutting torches.
- Records maintenance information, including test results, material usage, and repairs made.
- Disconnects or removes defective or unauthorized meters, using hand tools.
- Lubricates wearing surfaces of mechanical parts, using oils or other lubricants.
- Tests valves and regulators for leaks and accurate temperature and pressure settings, using precision testing equipment.