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:
- Records maintenance information, including test results, material usage, and repairs made.
- Disassembles and repairs mechanical control devices or valves, such as regulators, thermostats, or hydrants, using power tools, hand tools, and cutting torches.
- Lubricates wearing surfaces of mechanical parts, using oils or other lubricants.
- Calibrates instrumentation, such as meters, gauges, and regulators, for pressure, temperature, flow, and level.
- Installs, inspects and tests electric meters, relays, and power sources to detect causes of malfunctions and inaccuracies, using hand tools and testing equipment.
- Tests valves and regulators for leaks and accurate temperature and pressure settings, using precision testing equipment.
- Records meter readings and installation data on meter cards, work orders, or field service orders, or enters data into hand-held computers.
- Turns meters on or off to establish or close service.
- Shuts off service and notifies repair crews when major repairs are required, such as the replacement of underground pipes or wiring.
- Installs regulators and related equipment such as gas meters, odorization units, and gas pressure telemetering equipment.