Metering Technician

Job Description


Essential Duties and Responsibilities – essential and other important duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Install, inspect, test, and repair CT and PT circuits on low and high voltage switchgear.
  • Assists engineering as required to determine type of meters and related material necessary to accurately record electrical energy consumption.
  • Install, troubleshoot, repair, calibrate, upgrade, and test electromechanical and electronic meters.
  • Wire transformer rated metering panels, pulse relays, and recorders.
  • Troubleshoot complex metering schemes.
  • Evaluate and document equipment testing performed.
  • Configure various metering software packages and program electronic meters for rate and communication requirements.
  • Install, troubleshoot, repair, upgrade, test, and program telecommunications equipment associated with electric meters.
  • Install and maintain various telecommunications equipment to provide data acquisition, i.e. ION meters and Meterlinks.
  • Perform low and high voltage work on live circuits and related equipment.
  • Install, test, and provide data interpretation for voltage and current recordings, power quality analyzers, and energy recording at customer and City owned sites.
  • Inspect and approve substation, industrial and commercial, and residential service entrance equipment, i.e. switchgear and meter panels.
  • Conducts the scheduled testing and circuit analysis of existing complex and standard revenue metering facilities for proper operation and accuracy.
  • Troubleshoot radio and television interference complaints (RFI/TVI) and work with other crews to correct issues on the Utility side.
  • Test, calibrate, and repair gas monitoring devices for use in confined spaces.
  • Responds to vandalism and energy diversion cases and recommends appropriate actions to take.


Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities, which would typically be acquired through:
  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade and
  • Completion of an accredited apprentice program  

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • General fundamentals of electrical theory, control relaying, protection relaying, control and power switching schemes.
  • Knowledge of and background in digital solid state equipment and circuits.
  • Ability to communicate with others, make sound decisions, and to assimilate and understand information in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
  • Understand electrical codes including NFPA 70E, OSHA Regulations and other codes as applicable.
  • Ability to use bench test equipment including but not limited to: TTR (Transformer Turns Ratio), Megger, AC/DC Hipot, multimeters and analyzers and other tools and equipment of the trade.
  • Safe work practices and procedures including high voltage switching procedures.
  • Safety requirements and precautions necessary while working with low medium and high voltage systems.Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other employees and the public.
  • Effectively organize information and data
  • Perform maintenance, troubleshooting and repair on a wide variety of electrical and electronic equipment commonly found in an electric utility.
  • Read, interpret, and update electrical drawings, plans, diagrams and specifications, sketch electrical drawings to reflect as built systems.
  • Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet strict deadlines.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and analyze communication systems; communicate accurately orally and written; possess the ability to read electrical and communication distribution maps.
  • Ability to keep accurate records of work using computer software when necessary. 

 Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

  • Travel from site to site; exposure to high voltage and heights; lifting, climbing and   stooping. 
  • Hazardous conditions are an extremely critical factor of this job,
  • Work in small, confined areas.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body when lifting heavy electrical equipment during installation, or when climbing in and out of the truck cab or bucket.
  • Move electrical components or fixtures weighing up to 70 pounds short distances.
  • Communicate orally both face to face and using a telephone or radio when receiving or communicating status of work assignments.
  • Sit for extended periods of time with the ability to move about at will when working on ground level electrical facilities.

Class Spec Title 6:

Special Requirements
  • May be required to work on standby and/or pre-arranged or emergency situations.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License


Company Name:
City of Palo Alto
Approximate Salary:
40.36 - 49.00 Per Hour
Palo Alto, California
United States
Lineman/Lineworker - Journey Level
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
Journey Level
Education level:
High School or equivalent
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