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Meter Reader I (Trainee)

Date: Jul 30, 2022

Location: Birmingham, AL, US, 35222

Company: Birmingham Water Works

Job Information

Job Title:  Meter Reader I (Trainee)                              Department:  Meter Reading

Reporting Relationship:  Meter Reading Supervisor   Exempt Status:  Non- Exempt

Grade:  8


General Responsibilities

Reads residential, commercial, and industrial meters to ensure accurate reading on the first visit.  Works reread orders to verify consumption and get meter readings that were missed. 

Essential Job Functions

  1. Read residential, commercial, and industrial water meters on handheld computer.
  1. Check meters and settings for unauthorized usage or damages and report irregularities including new and changed meters. 
  1. Work re-read service orders when assigned.
  1. Respond to and complete high bill inquiries along with assigned route.
  1. Make sure meters and work areas are safe, including holes around meter boxes and defective meter lids.  Replace missing lids.

Essential Job Functions Con't

  1. Report all water leaks at meters, main or fire hydrants.
  1. Responsible for keeping assigned vehicle clean and report all mechanical problems.  Also responsible for safety issues concerning driving company vehicle and adhering to all traffic laws and maintaining driver’s license.
  1. Coordinate, correct, and maintain reported corrections for routing irregularities and meter locations to ensure accuracy for next billing cycle.
  1. Perform any other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Functions Con't


High school diploma or equivalent (GED) required.


One year of general work experience.  Prior meter reading experience, knowledge of customer billing, and small leak repairs, preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Valid Alabama Driver’s License



Physical Demands

Ability to stand, walk or sit for extended periods of time

Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction

Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard

Communication skills using the spoken word

Ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less

Ability to hear within normal range

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Ability to move about

Work Enviroment

Works outside majority of time, subject to extreme hot/cold weather conditions.  Walking most of the time except on car routes.  Also subject to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, bad dogs, insects, falls, working and driving in traffic (bad roads, ice, snow, inclement weather) and occasional heavy lifting.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham