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Working As A Valve Technician

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $43,808

    Average Salary

What Does A Valve Technician Do

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

Duties

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

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How To Become A Valve Technician

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.

Education

Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.

Training

General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Advancement

Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Valve Technician Career Paths

Valve Technician
Shop Foreman Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Director
Airport Maintenance Chief
5 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman General Foreman Mechanical Superintendent
Area Superintendent
8 Yearsyrs
Roustabout Equipment Operator Maintenance Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Handyman Building Maintenance Mechanic
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Repair Technician Service Technician Maintenance Engineer
Chief Maintenance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Repair Technician Maintenance Supervisor Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Instrument Technician Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Delivery Driver Installation Technician
Lead Installer
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician General Manager Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Millwright Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Hvac Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Assembly Technician Service Technician Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Roustabout Operator Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instrument Technician Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Assembly Technician Numerical Control Operator Repair Technician
Repair Technician Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Millwright Electrician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
9 Yearsyrs
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Valve Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

93.6%

Female

5.7%

Unknown

0.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.3%

Hispanic or Latino

19.5%

Black or African American

13.4%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.5%

Comanche

7.7%

German

3.8%

French

3.8%

Occidental

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Carrier

3.8%

Dakota

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%

Russian

3.8%
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Valve Technician Education

Schools

Del Mar College

9.8%

ITI Technical College

9.8%

Baton Rouge Community College

8.7%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

7.6%

Florence-Darlington Technical College

5.4%

Universal Technical Institute

5.4%

Texas A&M University

5.4%

South Louisiana Community College

4.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.3%

San Jacinto College District

4.3%

Lamar University

4.3%

Northwest Louisiana Technical College

4.3%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

3.3%

Rose State College

3.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Baton Rouge

3.3%

San Juan College

3.3%

Bossier Parish Community College

3.3%

Texas State University

3.3%

Coastal Bend College

3.3%

Southern University and A & M College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

14.9%

General Studies

11.6%

Automotive Technology

7.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.6%

Music

6.2%

Drafting And Design

5.8%

Precision Metal Working

5.4%

Education

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

4.1%

Industrial Technology

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering

3.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.3%

Computer Networking

2.9%

Information Technology

2.9%

Engineering

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Computer Science

2.1%

Kinesiology

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

50.6%

Associate

18.1%

Bachelors

13.9%

Certificate

10.8%

Diploma

3.3%

Masters

2.8%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Valve Technician

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  1. Control Valves
  2. Frac Valves
  3. Repair Valves
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  • Run diagnostics, calibrate control valves and associated instrumentation.
  • Tear down frac valves clean all parts and bodies, get valves ready for inspection.
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  • Obtained CDL Class A Drivers' license and numerous training/certifications.TEMPORARY - VALVE TECHNICIAN PRN Business Services
  • Coordinated all AOV testing, participated in system verification, and component requirements for effective and safe operation.

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