Become a Smart Meter Installer

Become a smart meter installer

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Become a smart meter installer

Become a Smart Meter Installer

Smart Meter Installers fit new gas and electricity meters into customers' homes and businesses. They also maintain and repair them. During installation, installers also show customers how to use their new meter.

If you have got good practical skills, can get on easily with people and want a career that gets you out and about, this may be the right job for you.

Work Activities

As a Smart Meter Installer, you would fit gas and/or electricity smart meters into 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's premises at the arranged appointment time
  • Remove the existing meter
  • Fit the new smart meter
  • Carry out tests to make sure the meter is working correctly
  • Explain to the customer how to read the meter information and how to alter the settings to get the most from it
  • Answer any further questions or queries

As an installer you would also provide impartial energy efficiency advice to customers. You would not be required to sell energy plans or tariffs.

You could work for one of the big energy companies or for a smaller firm contracted to fit smart meters.

Entry Requirements

You do not need any specific qualifications to start training as a Smart Meter Installer though some employers may prefer you to have a minimum of four GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. Qualifications in maths, English, science, design and technology or electronics would all be useful.

Many energy companies offer apprenticeships in Smart Metering – Dual Fuel, which can take six to nine months to complete. The apprenticeship combines classroom-based learning with on-the-job experience, working alongside a qualified Smart Meter Installer.

You can also learn how to install smart meters if you are training to be a Gas Installation engineer on the Gas Industry Apprenticeship.

Skills, Interests and Qualities

As a Smart Meter Installer, you will need:

  • Ability in maths
  • Good practical skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Excellent customer care
  • The ability to work on your own
  • Excellent communication skills to explain how meters work
  • Self-motivation and a commitment to your career development
  • An awareness of safe working practices

Training & Development

As a trainee installer, you would combine technical training with work placements and receive mentoring from a qualified member of staff.

You would also work towards the Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering. This qualification has three options - power, gas or dual-fuel - and you would choose the one that covers the meters you work with.

Training in gas or dual-fuel smart meters will also lead to your entry on to the Gas Safe Register, which shows you are qualified to install meters safely.

Once qualified, your employer would also certify you as competent through the Meter Operation Code of Practice Agreement (MOCOPA).

Opportunities

Due to the roll out of the UK Smart Metering Programme, prospects for trained staff are good. This aims to install smart meters in around 50 million homes and small businesses between 2015 and 2020. Some work is already underway.

You could find work with energy companies, construction firms, housing associations and specialist installation firms.

With experience, you could become a team leader or estimator, or set up your own installation business. With further training, you could become an energy efficiency consultant, or move into gas or electrical engineering with an energy company.

Income

Typically trainee salaries can start from around £13,000 a year. Once qualified this can rise to £21,000.

Experienced installers working on short-term contracts may be able to earn between £24,000 and £30,000 pro rata.

Work Placement Activity

Every candidate participating on one of our Smart Meter Installer courses will have a 100 % work placement guarantee and be mentored by a fully qualified Smart Meter Installer for the duration of their course.

Job Interview

We 100% guarantee that successful candidates who have attended any of our Smart Meter Installer courses will be invited to a job interview with a utilities company that is seeking to employ Smart Meter Installers.

Payment Plans

For any of our courses with a fee of £1,500 or greater, we offer candidates the option of a flexible payment plan to suit the needs of our customers.

Paying Your Fees

We accept:

  • Cash
  • Bank to bank transfers
  • Cheques/bankers draft

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