Entry Senior

Valve Technician

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About This Career

Valve Technicians are responsible for installing, maintaining, inspecting, testing, dismantling, cleaning, and repairing mechanical regulating and controlling devices used to control, direct and measure the flow of oil and gas at the wellhead through gathering lines, pipelines and in plants. This includes equipment such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves.

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is required. Mechanical aptitude along with specific technical training on valves and valve repair is an asset. Some employers will prefer a diploma in instrumentation, electrical, electrical or mechanical engineering technology.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Valve Assembler, Field Service Technician, Service Technician, Pipeline Technician

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Reporting hazardous field situations and damaged or missing meters.
Applying Information
Checking manufactured items for defects and for conformance to specifications, visually or using sample models and instruments.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Shutting off service and notifying repair crews when major repairs are required, such as the replacement of underground pipes or wiring.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Lubricating wearing surfaces of mechanical parts, using oils or other lubricants.
Documenting/Recording Information
Logging all maintenance activities.
Recording maintenance information, including test results, material usage, and repairs made.
Evaluating Information
Examining valves or mechanical control device parts for defects, dents or loose attachments, and marking the malfunctioning areas of defective units.
Getting Information
Performing high pressure hydrostatic testing to ensure proper functioning.
Testing valves and regulators for leaks and accurate temperature and pressure settings using precision testing equipment.
Handling and Moving Objects
Refinishing interior surfaces to ensure proper operation.
Reassembling valves to manufacturer’s specifications.
Dismantling valves using hand and/or power tools.
Undertaking exterior refinishing to protect repaired valves from field conditions.
Tagging and packaging valves for shipping.
Installing regulators and related equipment such as gas meters, odorization units and gas pressure telemetering equipment.
Attaching air hoses to meter inlets and plug outlets, and observing gauges for pressure losses to test internal seams for leaks.
Calibrating products using hand tools.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Inspecting and testing the valve function on a specialized test rig.
Inspecting the components of the valve for wear, corrosion and damage.
Monitoring and Controlling Resources
Receiving the valve from the field (i.e., inventory control, check-in and work order procedures).
Managing spare parts inventory.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Operating machines or using hand tools to cut, shape and fit materials to form parts and to fabricate components or products.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Replacing components as required.
Disassembling and repairing mechanical control devices or valves, such as regulators, thermostats or hydrants using power tools, hand tools and cutting torches.
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Reviewing information from the field to troubleshoot issues.
Competencies
Leadership
Troubleshooting
Knowledge
Mechanical
Technical
Installation
Equipment Maintenance
Quality Control Analysis
Repairing
Career Path
Related Careers
Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Wood product manufacturing
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
  • Mining and quarrying
Job Details

Job Category

Technicians and Technologists

Sectors

Oil and gas services

Pipelines

NOC

2232

Qualifications + Experience

Education:

  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)

Certifications:

  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Other health and safety training requirements to be determined by specific job requirements.

Licensing:

  • Class 5 driver’s licence and a clean driving record