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Meter Readers, Utilities

Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Read electric, gas, water, or steam consumption meters and enter data in route books or hand-held computers.
    • Upload into office computers all information collected on hand-held computers during meter rounds, or return route books or hand-held computers to business offices so that data can be compiled.
    • Walk or drive vehicles along established routes to take readings of meter dials.
    • Inspect meters for unauthorized connections, defects, and damage, such as broken seals.
    • Report to service departments any problems, such as meter irregularities, damaged equipment, or impediments to meter access, including dogs.
    • Leave messages to arrange different times to read meters in cases in which meters are not accessible.
    • Answer customers' questions about services and charges, or direct them to customer service centers.
    • Update client address and meter location information.
    • Perform preventative maintenance or minor repairs on meters.
    • Collect past-due bills.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 44190/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 21.24/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,710
    • Yearly Projected Openings 140

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative

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