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Average UK salary

£36,920

Currently employed in Scotland

22,900

Five year job forecast

+0.18%

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What's it like?

You would fit and repair gas and electricity meters in homes and businesses.

Smart meters help customers to keep track of how much energy they use in real time and which appliances use the most power. The aim is to help customers reduce their energy use and so cut bills.

On a typical job, you would:

  • Visit the customer at the arranged time
  • Remove the existing meter
  • Fit the new smart meter
  • Do tests to make sure the meter is working
  • Explain how to use the meter
  • Answer any further questions
  • Give energy efficiency advice to customers

You could work for one of the big energy companies or for a smaller firm. You would not have to sell energy plans or tariffs.

It would be important to understand safe working practices.

Working conditions

Hours

You'd work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may also be part of a standby rota for jobs outside of normal working hours, which could include weekends.

Environment

You'd install meters inside domestic and commercial premises or in buildings nearby. Some sites may be outside, and you'd be expected to work in all weathers.

Travel

Your employer would normally provide you with a van to travel from job to job. As you'd mostly be working alone, a full UK driving licence is usually needed.

UK employment status

Full-time

71%

Part-time

3%

Self employed

26%

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  • Verbal communication
  • Working with technology
  • Problem solving
  • Observation
  • Attention to detail
  • Implementing ideas
  • Taking initiative

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but most employers value a good general education

You could do a Modern Apprenticeship in Smart Meter Installation.

Some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF level 4/5.

 

Useful subjects

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science subjects
  • Technologies subjects

You will also need

  • To be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland
  • A full driving licence

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show technical skills such as Skills for Work Construction Engineering (SCFQ level 3) or Engineering Skills (SCQF level 5).