Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door

In 2021, the average annual wage in a Alabama was $53,640 with most people making between $28,670 and $79,010.
Wages by Industry
  • Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $57,900.00
  • Natural Gas Distribution $54,700.00
  • Utility System Construction $37,660.00
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $41,450.00
  • Water, Sewage and Other Systems $43,060.00
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers $35,180.00
Education Required
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Common Majors
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About the job

Install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors.

What you'll do
    • Calibrate thermostats for specified temperature or pressure settings.
    • Clamp regulator units into vises on stages above water tanks, and attach compressed air hoses to intake ports.
    • Clean plant growth, scale, paint, soil, or rust from meter housings, using wire brushes, scrapers, buffers, sandblasters, or cleaning compounds.
    • Collect money due on delinquent accounts.
    • Cut seats to receive new orifices, tap inspection ports, and perform other repairs to salvage usable materials, using hand tools and machine tools.
    • Dip valves and regulators in molten lead to prevent leakage, and paint valves, fittings, and other devices, using spray guns.
    • Reassemble repaired equipment, and solder top, front, and back case panels in place, using soldering guns, power tools, and hand tools.
    • Recommend and write up specifications for changes in hardware, such as house wiring.
    • Recondition displacement type gas meters and governors, fabricating, machining, or modifying parts needed for repairs.
    • Splice and connect cables from meters or current transformers to pull boxes or switchboards, using hand tools.
Things you need to know
    • 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.
Abilities you'll need to have
    • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
    • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
    • 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.
    • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
    • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.