Electric Meter Tester & Electrician

Job Details


open - Non-exempt

End Date

Until Filled

Job Type

Union/ Regular Full-Time


$53.14/ Hour


Job Description

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the meter shop including the installation, testing, and maintenance of single and three-phase meters and metering related equipment.

Alternate Schedule (from March 6 through October 27)

Monday through Thursday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Reporting Relationships

Works under the administrative supervision of the Electric Superintendent, who generates assignments and periodically reviews work.

Work Environment

  • The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • Work is performed in the office or in the field Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 4:00PM. Remote work is not available for this position.
  • Work may be performed in the field with need to wear proper personal protection equipment (PPE) and work in all weather conditions.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the testing, installation, repairing, programming, and data retrieval of all company metering equipment.
  • Communicates with customers, coworkers, supervisors, and the public by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Accurately read and understand blueprints, schematics, and other complex information such as phase diagrams, polarity indicators, and power factor triangles.
  • Operate the meter test bench, multifunction meter, power quality meter, and various other circuit testers.
  • Maintains daily work records, including time sheets, material usage, and work sheets for projects in progress or completed.
  • Installs, tests, and services single phase, polyphase, demand meters and metering equipment in the field.
  • Bench tests meters, transformers, and wire metering panels.
  • Inspects equipment for compliance with codes and regulations.
  • Inspects equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Installs, programs, and maintains Automated Meter Reading (AMR), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and other communication-based metering programs.
  • Cleans, repairs, and adjusts equipment.
  • Install and replace conduit and wiring in assemblies such as control panels.
  • Locates underground utilities and performs infrared inspections.
  • Investigates complaints for faulty meters.
  • Prepares reports on work.
  • Assists in training meter shop personnel.
  • Calculates single and polyphase loads.
  • May remove, install, and service metering equipment in panels energized at 480 Volts (normal) and below.

The duties listed above are intended only as general illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. Specific statements of duties not included does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Job descriptions are subject to change by the company as the needs of the company and requirements of the job change.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Must have working knowledge of the listed Essential Functions, related work rules and standard electrical safety practices and procedures applicable to work around electrical equipment including high voltage circuits, service entrance requirements for electric utilities, and electric meters.
  • Knowledge of how to operate equipment associated with the installation and removal of meters, locating underground utilities, and performing infrared inspections.
  • Some knowledge of the methods, materials, and tools used in the transmission and distribution system construction and maintenance.
  • Capable of performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Knowledge of electronic equipment and computer hardware and software associated with electric metering, including applications and programming.
  • Knowledge of: Principles of electrical theory and practices; underground construction, electrical AC & DC circuits; equipment, tools, materials, and practices in the installation, testing and maintenance of transformers, oil switches, and other equipment used in substations.
  • Ability to: Read and interpret blueprint specifications and wiring diagrams; locate and repair damaged equipment and perform electrical substation maintenance; use aerial devices, cranes, motorized and substation computer software; work around energized high voltage equipment.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to properly use small hand tools, instruments, and equipment as related to electrical work.
  • Ability to apply math skills to manage proper inventory techniques.
  • Ability to climb, lift & carry.
  • Able to read electric and water meters.
  • Ability to perform essential duties in an environment that entails a variety of weather conditions and extreme temperatures.

Physical & Mental Requirements

  • Alertness & Concentration: Maintains full alertness and concentration at all times while working on energized metering equipment, at night and through emergency shifts.
  • Ability To Deal with Stress: Makes decisions quickly and calmly when working on energized metering wires and emergency conditions. Thinks and reacts quickly if accidents occur, especially those involving energized wires in a meter cabinet and energized conductors. Interacts well with co-workers in stressful situations.
  • Vision: Far Visual Acuity: Assesses status of fixtures (i.e., wires, and devices) in meter enclosures and substations. Sees adequately to operate utility vehicles. Near Visual Acuity: Reads small print stamped on metal plates on transformers, other equipment nameplate data and construction drawings. Peripheral Vision: Maintains full field of vision in all directions to assess proximity to energized wires to workers, and other equipment near energized wires. Color Vision: Judges red, green and yellow traffic lights adequately to operate utility vehicles on highways. Differentiates red and green control lights on switching equipment and color of underground utility locate paint. Depth Perception: Ensures that he/she or co-workers are not working too close to energized wires. Night Vision: Maintains the visual abilities listed above when working at night and in poor light and inclement weather condition.
  • Hearing: Hears the spoken conversation well while working on the ground or roof of a building and a co-worker is working within 30 feet of each other despite heavy background noise from traffic, construction equipment, rain, or wind and when visual signals cannot be used. Hears adequately to operate a two-way radio and telephone.
  • Speech: Speaks loudly and clearly enough to be accurately understood when talking to a co-worker who is on the ground or on top of a roof working despite heavy background noise from traffic, construction equipment, rain, or wind, and when visual signals cannot be used. Speaks clearly, communicating by two-way radio and telephone.
  • Standing: Stands on dirt, concrete, asphalt, or solid floors for 20% of the workday.
  • Sitting: Sits on a bench-style pickup seat one-half hour maximum at one time while driving to and from a job sites. Sits in a desk chair at meter test bench or meter programing desk. Total sitting is two to six hours per shift.
  • Worker Mobility: Can change positions frequently.
  • Walking: Rarely walks one to two miles at a time on uneven ground. More common maximum distance walked is 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Total walking per shift is 30% - 60%.
  • Lifting/Carrying: 0-10 lbs. - Continuous; 11-20 lbs. - Continuous; 21-50 lbs. - Often; 50-75 lbs. - Occasionally. Worker carries boxes of metering materials or equipment.
  • Twisting: Rotates head fully to both sides to observe equipment and co-workers while standing on the ground. Some twisting is required when lifting items to co-workers.
  • Climbing: Ladders, hills, and walks over uneven ground while carrying equipment.
  • Crawling: Not usually required.
  • Environmental Factors: Performs a variety of strenuous tasks outside with temperatures varying from below zero to over 100 degrees, sometimes in rainy, windy, snowy, or icy conditions. Exposed to noise from traffic construction equipment near construction sites, jack hammers, and tamps. Hearing protection is provided. Exposed to numerous types of pollen, depending on location, season, or climatic conditions. Bee/wasp stings, insect bites or poison oak may also occur.
  • Machines/Tools/Equipment: Power tools, hand tools, electrical test equipment, trucks, and computers.

Education & Training Qualification Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • High school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Successful completion of a recognized Journey-Level Meter Technician Apprenticeship program that includes a minimum three years of related on-the-job training.
  • At least one year of high school or one term of college algebra with a grade of “C” or better. (Official transcript required.)
  • Possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License.
  • Current first aid certification and flagging card (or the ability to obtain one within 30 days).
  • Member in good standing of the IBEW.
  • Possess and maintain a valid telephone number.
  • Must be able to work various shifts, standby duties (on call) and overtime as required, including weekend and holidays.
  • Required to live within 20 miles or 30 minutes of the Company’s headquarters.

Benefits & Total Rewards

Modern Electric Water Company provides a comprehensive package that includes compensation, benefits, retirement plans and employee development. We have a variety of programs and options to fit your needs, including:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Illness)
  • 10 Paid Company Holidays
  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan with employer match of up to 14% (Pre-tax & Roth Options)
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Benefits
  • Employee and Dependent Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Critical and Accident Insurance
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Training and Development Opportunities

Additional Requirements

Offers of employment are contingent on verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process, including potential background check, preplacement physical exam, preplacement drug screening, and full driver's abstract.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for the Electric Meter Tester & Electrician position, please submit application materials electronically via email to hr@modernelectricwater.com, in person, or by mail to Modern Electric Water Company, Attn: Human Resources, P.O. Box 14008, Spokane Valley, WA 99214. Your application will not be reviewed if these items are missing or incomplete. The following application materials are required:

  1. Completed Modern Electric Water Company Application for Employment (Application Form For Employment.)
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Resume
  4. A copy of your Journey-Level Meter Technician Ticket must be included with your application packet.

Employees desiring consideration for the vacant position shall submit the items listed above during the timeframe indicated in this position posting. Modern will not be obligated to accept or otherwise consider a request from an employee who has not completed and submitted the appropriate documents within the posting time frame.

Modern Electric Water Company's Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Modern Electric Water Company does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or related condition (including breastfeeding), or any other basis protected by law. Employment at Modern is based solely on a person's merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. Modern Electric Water Company is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities in the job application, interview process and to perform the essential functions of the job whenever possible. For more information or to request disability accommodation in the application process and/or interview process please contact Human Resources via email at hr@modernelectricwater.com or 509-928-4540.