Control and Valve Installer/Repairer  What They Do

Just the Facts


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.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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