Meter Reader/Mechanic

Oakland, CA posted on April 6

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Mark Martin Oakland, CA (94615)
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JOB CLASSIFICATION: Meter Reader/Mechanic

SALARY: $5,304 - $6,139 Monthly / $63,648 - $73,668 Annually

OPENING DATE: Monday, April 4, 2016

CLOSING DATE: Friday,April8,2016by4:30p.m.

OPEN TO: General Public

Only the first 800 qualified applications submitted online beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 and submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016 will be accepted for further consideration.


Meter Reader/Mechanics read water meters in an assigned area to record water consumption for a given period, investigate and resolve meter maintenance, make repairs, and complete replacements of 1” and smaller water meters.

Typical duties include:

  • Reads several styles of water meters in an assigned area, in varied neighbourhoods including residential, commercial, and industrial areas and terrains, and in all weather conditions.

  • Records meter readings.

  • Compares the current reading with prior readings to determine accuracy and appropriateness of reading.

  • Determines if there is readily apparent cause and reports the reason for unusual conditions where consumption seems out of line with seasonal demand and rate of previous consumption.

  • Checks for inoperative, defaced, or bypassed meters and for street, house, or meter number changes.

  • Completes forms to alert the customer as a courtesy, when consumption is unusually high; initiates field orders to repair damaged meters or to report street leaks or unsafe conditions for which East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is responsible.

  • Answers questions regarding meter reading, customer billing, or consumption; refers the customer to the proper EBMUD unit if additional information is requested.

  • Repairs, replaces, and tests water meters 1” in size and smaller in the field including automatic reading meters and related equipment.

  • Performs meter maintenance functions to improve meter readability.

  • Cleans, sets, and replaces meter boxes and lids.

  • Keeps records of meter repairs and replacements that are completed, in progress, and planned.

Every employee adds value to the EBMUD team as they are committed to responsible stewardship of our resources. The employee standard is to act with integrity, treat others with respect, and value a teamwork culture while fulfilling EBMUD's mission to provide reliable, high quality water and wastewater services at fair rates. Competitive candidates will share these values and also demonstrate:

  • The ability to learn methods and procedures used in order to read a variety of water meters, test and check water meters, and repair and replace water meters.
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics including fractions and decimal places.

The salary range is $5,304 per month increasing to $5,569, $5,847, $6,139 after 12, 24, and 36 months, respectively. A 3.7% salary increase is anticipated to take place effective April 18, 2016.

EBMUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


Typical means of acquiring the essential knowledge and abilities is:

  1. A high school diploma or its equivalent.
  2. A valid California driver’s license upon hire.

Must have the following:

  1. A satisfactory driving record.
  2. Physical characteristics to perform the critical and important duties of the class.
  3. Willingness to work overtime as needed.
  4. Willingness to work alone, in a variety of weather conditions, and where hostile dogs and people may be encountered.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered. To be considered under the “equivalent combination of education and experience” provision, it is your responsibility to include in your application materials written evidence of employment performed at the level of the typical duties of this position and/or coursework in subject areas directly related to this position. For more information, see our FAQ page at 

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