Control & Valve Installers & Repairers
Also called: Instrument and Electrical Technician (I and E Technician), Measurement Technician, Meter Technician, Valve Technician
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Working with your hands, installing and maintaining equipment, tinkering with a malfunctioning piece until the solution clicks, mechanical equipment repair workers keep a variety of equipment running and earn the appreciation of their customers. Mechanical door repairers work on garage doors, automatic door mechanisms, and hydraulic doors. They install door frames and rails or rollers, as well as electric door openers and closers. They drive to job sites, generally outdoors, complete work orders, and collect payment from customers. Control and valve installers and repairers work for utility companies. They test equipment such as electric meters and gas regulators, identify leaks or malfunctions, and make repairs. They typically work outdoors in teams, and use safety equipment and procedures to minimize the hazards involved in keeping power sources connected. Home appliance repairers repair all types of electric or gas appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ovens. They drive to different job sites daily, and work indoors, often in cramped, awkward work spaces. In addition to skills with hand and power tools, these repair workers rely on communication skills every day to interact with customers and coworkers. Most positions require a high school diploma or equivalent, though some valve and control installers may need technical training or an associate’s degree.
What they do:Install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors.
On the job, you would:
- Record maintenance information, including test results, material usage, and repairs made.
- Disassemble and repair mechanical control devices or valves, such as regulators, thermostats, or hydrants, using power tools, hand tools, and cutting torches.
- Lubricate wearing surfaces of mechanical parts, using oils or other lubricants.
Engineering and Technology
Safety and Government
Math and Science
Hand and Finger Use
Ideas and Logic
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
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