Smart meter installers fit gas and electricity meters in customers’ homes and businesses.
Salary range: £13,000 to £30,000
How to become a smart meter installer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a college course to learn some of the skills you need for this job. Examples include:
- Level 2 Diploma in Gas Installation
- Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You could do an intermediate apprenticeship as a dual fuel meter installer.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
There are no set requirements to start training as a smart meter installer. You may have an advantage if you’ve got experience and qualifications in a similar area like gas or electricity installation.
Some employers may prefer you to have a minimum of 3 or 4 GCSEs including maths and English or equivalent qualifications.
You can find out more about careers in the energy industry through the Talent Source Network.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- maths knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- leadership skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
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 could work at a client’s business or at a client’s home.
Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, you’ll travel often and cramped.
You may need to wear a uniform.
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.