An Electric Meter Reader’s job not only involves reading electric meters across private homes and commercial offices but also capturing data on a notebook or handheld electronic device. In addition to taking electric meter readings and logging data, the job also involves reporting faulty electricity meters and sometimes collecting payments that are in arrears. As such, the job also involves verifying readings when electric meter consumption appears to be abnormal.
When taking an electric meter reading, you will usually work on your own, visiting homes and places of work. In order to successfully carry out an electric meter reading and other related jobs, you must carry identification at all times and show it to customers when you visit their premises. If you're unable to gain access to a property to complete an electric meter reading job, they must arrange to call on the customer at another time or leave a note asking the customer to provide their electric meter reading direct.
Electric Meter Readers may cover a large local area, which means the job also involves a great deal of driving to various destinations which require electric meter readings to be taken. Quite a lot of walking may also be necessary, and Electric Meter Readers usually wear a uniform. You may be given a set number of electric meter reading jobs to complete per week.
Electric Meter Reading – The skills required for the job
You won’t need any formal qualifications to pursue a career in electric meter reading, as on-the-job training will be provided. Employers may, however, expect you to have some GCSE achievement in English and maths.
Because a lot of driving is necessary to respond to call outs and take electric meter readings, a full, clean driving license is a requirement for most jobs in this field. You may also have to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check, as the job involves going into peoples' homes to take electric meter readings.
Although you may not need prior job experience to take electric meter readings, there are a number of skills and attributes you will need to become an Electric Meter Reader. These include the ability to accurately interpret electric meter readings, perform jobs to timescales and targets, as well as communicate effectively with customers. Therefore, prior experience in customer service may also be advantageous to your job prospects.
A career in Electric Meter Reading
Most Electric Meter Readers receive on-the-job training about different electric meters and payment systems. A Trainee Electric Meter Reader will also learn how to correctly input electric meter readings into hand-held devices.
Depending on the employer, you may be able to work towards a job-based qualification in addition to taking electric meter readings. Through continuously building knowledge and developing new skills, an Electric Meter Reader may also progress to Team Leader or Supervisor positions.
Electric Meter Reading is just the first step towards a wealth of jobs and promising career development opportunities across the UK’s Energy & Utilities sector. In addition to electric meter reading jobs, we also recruit Trainee Smart Meter Fitters as part of our Trailblazers programme.
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