Meter Technician

Washington - St. Tammany Electric Cooperative

JOB DESCRIPTION: Meter Technician

General Statement of Duties

This position performs the operations and duties of the metering department; performs related work as required.

Primary Function

The primary function of a Meter Technician is to maintain and optimize the performance of all classes of metering on the electrical system. An employee in this class also performs the duties of other employees at Washington St. Tammany Electric Cooperative as required or assigned by supervisory personnel.

Level of Authority

The work is performed under the direct supervision of the Information Technology Supervisor, but extensive leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.

Work Environment

The principal duties of this class are performed in both a general office environment and an outdoor environment which may involve adverse weather conditions and related hazards in which the employee is subject to potential personal danger.

Essential Job Functions

  • Performs testing, installation, and repair of all residential, commercial, and industrial electric meters.
  • Perform automated meter reading equipment installations, programming, calibration, and maintenance.
  • Prepares a variety of complex reports and assists with special research projects.
  • Assist member with developing and understanding their electrical usage.
  • Ability to understand cooperative rate schedules and how to apply them.
  • Performs special meter readings for the purpose of disconnection and reconnections.
  • Responds to member questions and complaints, investigating, as necessary.
  • Operates and calibrates test equipment.
  • Provides technical information to utilities personnel as to the proper installation and demand classification of electric meters.
  • Maintains a revenue recovery and revenue protection program including the evaluation of need for back billing on faulty meters.
  • Performs power quality, load planning and load control functions.
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions.
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audiovisual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas.
  • The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with other cooperative employees, vendors, contractors, and the public.
  • Responds to members questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner.
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operation and activities.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of electric metering equipment, methods, procedures, and practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures, and practices for installation, testing and adjusting of various types of meters.
  • Thorough knowledge of methods, procedures, and practices for meter reading operations.
  • Good knowledge of the occupational hazards of skilled and semi-skilled personnel including OSHA standards.
  • Skill in diagnosing defects in metering equipment and computerized meter reading equipment; Skill in reading and recording detailed metering numbers.
  • Skill in testing and repairing metering equipment.
  • Ability to perform complex mathematical calculations as they relate to meter evaluation and testing.
  • Ability to work on energized electrical equipment and maintain safety standards.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to perform emergency call out services.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain detailed records and reports and to conduct specialized

research projects.

  • Ability to independently solve problems within assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other cooperative

employees, and the general public.

  • Ability to communicate well with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions.
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations.
  • Ability to operate or quickly learn to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks.

Desired Characteristics

  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadline.
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology.
  • Integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, education and training which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 year Electrical/Electronic/Instrumentation degree
  • Experience with control equipment

•             Considerable experience in electric metering operations.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE. Applications will not be accepted at any WST Electric office and no phone calls are necessary to apply.