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Smart meter installer

Alternative titles for this job include

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

Average salary (a year)

£13,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

weekends occasionally

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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You could do an intermediate apprenticeship as a dual fuel meter installer.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

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.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in the energy industry through the Talent Source Network.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • visit customers’ premises
  • remove the existing meter
  • fit the new smart meter
  • carry out tests to make sure the meter is working
  • explain to the customer how to read the meter and how to get the most from it

Working environment

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

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  • Start date: 07 May 2021
  • Location: Shrewsbury

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