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Smart meter installer

Smart meter installers fit gas and electricity meters in customers' homes and businesses.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may prefer you to have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent in English, maths, science, design and technology or electronics.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • maths ability
  • practical skills
  • organisational skills
  • communication skills to explain how meters work

3. What you'll do

You’ll fit gas or electricity smart meters in homes and businesses to help customers keep track of how much energy they use.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • visiting customers’ premises
  • removing the existing meter
  • fitting the new smart meter
  • carrying out tests to make sure the meter is working
  • explaining to the customer how to read the meter and how to get the most from it

You’ll also provide impartial energy efficiency advice to customers. 

You won’t need 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.

4. Salary

Starter: £13,000

Experienced: £21,000

Highly Experienced: £24,000 to £30,000

Some companies may include expenses and mileage as part of the salary package.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Some companies may include expenses and mileage as part of the salary package.
These figures are a guide.You'll work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. 

You might be part of a standby rota for jobs outside of normal working hours, which could include weekends.

Your employer will usually provide you with a van, so a full UK driving licence is needed.

Some sites may be outside, so you'll be expected to work in all weathers.

6. Career path and progression

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.

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Last updated: 14 September 2017