Utility meter readers must have great visual and technical skills in order to read and monitor utility meters for companies, businesses, or individuals. Many utility meter readers have a specific route to drive; however, it is essential to be able to read maps quickly and accurately, as their routes may change on occasion.
Utility meter readers routinely check for tampered and damaged meters and report or fix them as-needed. While they have very little contact with customers, they must have the ability to communicate professionally, as interaction with customers is still occasionally necessary. Those in this position should also be able to work outdoors in various types of weather, as it is essential for the job. They must also keep abreast of their companies' safety policies, as they occasionally work with dangerous equipment and safety is of the utmost importance.
A high school diploma is generally a minimum requirement for this position. Because most companies classify the position as entry-level, a college degree is not always required, though it is highly beneficial. Sufficient math skills are also required.
Meter Reader, Utilities Tasks
Identify and report damage, necessary maintenance or problems.
Read meters and collect payments when applicable.
Operate vehicles to visit meters along a designated route.
Complete forms and update data.