Meter Reader

Owensboro Municipal Utilities - Owensboro, Kentucky
February 14, 2021
Open Civil Service exams will be administered on Monday, March 15 and Tuesday March 16, 2021. Exam times will be at 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm each day. Applicants will be scheduled in the order in which they apply. Each applicant will receive a testing notice in the mail after the application deadline with their respective testing date and time.
Exams will be administered at Owensboro Christian Church, Room Entrance E 2818 New Hartford Rd, Owensboro, KY 42303.
Owensboro Municipal Utilities
Meter Reader
Job Description
Job Code: 068
Exempt: No
Civil Service: Yes
Random Drug Screen: No
Department: Customer Service and Shared Services
Reports To: Billing Supervisor
Location: Main Office
Date Prepared: January 16, 2014
Date Revised: September 30, 2019
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION
The intent of this description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees on this job. Employees may be required or assigned other related activities, projects, or tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability needed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Under the routine supervision of the Billing Supervisor, reads and records monthly electric and water meter data from a predetermined route of OMU customers. Requires some judgment in applying well-established procedures and methods, such as recording complex data.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Records accurate electric and water meter readings into a hand-held meter reading device.
• Drives to meter route, ensures actual reads are recorded to avoid possible estimations and notes any discrepancies.
• Picks up meter reading equipment, tools, and card reads from office daily. Responsible for utilizing these tools in a safe and efficient manner.
• Ensure meters are functioning correctly and reports any defects to supervisor.
• Safely operates and maintains an OMU vehicle.
• Reports any form of meter tampering, theft of services, or system infrastructure issues to supervisor.
• Maintains a positive attitude while interacting with OMU customers throughout the day.
• Ability to conduct advance planning of work in order to complete assignments regardless of weather or other obstacles.
• Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Mental alertness and adaptability to office and field area work routines. Equivalent to four years high school or GED, with particular emphasis during high school in office skills, shop skills, or others, plus 7 to 11 months related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Ability to read and understand documents such as policy manuals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to prepare and interpret bar graphs.
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
Ability to use common sense understanding in order to carry out detailed written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few known variables in situations of a routine nature.
REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Driver's License
PREFERRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Not indicated.
SOFTWARE SKILLS REQUIRED
Basic: Alphanumeric Data Entry
INITIATIVE AND INGENUITY
SUPERVISION RECEIVED
Under immediate supervision, performs general assignments of work, with periodic check of performance by supervisor.
PLANNING
Limited responsibility with regard to specific assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work operations.
DECISION MAKING
Performs work operations which permit infrequent opportunity for decision-making of minor importance and which would only affect the operating efficiency of the individual involved to a slight degree.
MENTAL DEMAND
Light mental demand. Operations requiring intermittent directed thinking to carry out predetermined procedure or sequence of operations of limited variability. Operations requiring intermittent attention to control machine or manual motions.
ANALYTICAL ABILITY / PROBLEM SOLVING
Repetitive. Activities or duties using a pre-determined set of processes or directions coupled with nearby supervision. Learned things in situations where choice is simple or patterned.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR WORK OF OTHERS
Responsibility for work of others: Not indicated.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR FUNDS, PROPERTY and EQUIPMENT
Occasionally responsible for organization's property where carelessness, error, or misappropriation would result in moderate damage or moderate monetary loss to the organization. The total value for the above would range from $5,000 to $150,000.
ACCURACY
Probable errors of internal scope should ordinarily be detected within the department or office in which they occur, but may affect the work of others within the unit, requiring additional expenditure of time to trace errors and make all necessary corrections. Errors would require a moderate amount of time to correct.
ACCOUNTABILITY
FREEDOM TO ACT
Defined. Semi-repetitive prescribed processes and procedures with nearby supervision.
ANNUAL MONETARY IMPACT
The amount of annual dollars generated based on the job's essential duties / responsibilities. Examples would include direct dollar generation, departmental budget, proper handling of organization funds, expense control, and savings from new techniques or reduction in manpower.
None. Job does not create any dollar monetary impact for the organization.
IMPACT ON END RESULTS
Modest impact. Job has some impact on the organizations end results, but still from an indirect level. Provides assistance and support services that facilitates decision making by others.
PUBLIC CONTACT
Occasional contacts with patrons on routine matters.
EMPLOYEE CONTACT
Contacts occasionally with others beyond immediate associates, but generally of a routine nature. May obtain, present or discuss data, but only as pertains to an immediate and specific assignment. No responsibility for obtaining cooperation or approval of action or decision.
USE OF MACHINES, EQUIPMENT AND/OR COMPUTERS
Occasional use of complex machines and equipment (desktop/laptop computer and software, road and production machines and equipment, etc.)
WORKING CONDITIONS
Outside working environment, wherein there are disagreeable working conditions part of the time.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously exposed to outdoor weather conditions; occasionally exposed to work in high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.
Highly repetitive, moderately physical. Highly repetitive type of work which requires somewhat diversified physical demands of the employee.
While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously required to walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; occasionally required to stand, sit, climb or balance, talk or hear, taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; distance vision; color vision; peripheral vision; depth perception; and ability to adjust focus.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Knowledge and Abilities
High school diploma or GED equivalent required. Knowledge of local geography and locations of city streets. Ability to write legibly and operate meter reading equipment similar to a hand-held
calculator. Ability to make simple mathematical calculations rapidly and accurately. Ability to work under adverse weather conditions and frequent contact with dogs.
Experience
Six to twelve months data/information reading and recording.
$ per Employment Type: Full-Time