Meter Reader/ Apprentice Lineman

Description :




Class Title: METER READER/ APPRENTICE LINEMAN                    Cost Code #37-02

Department:  Joint Utility                                                         Grade No: GS-4

Division:  Electric                                                                     Status:  Classified



As a Meter Reader performs routine clerical work in the reading of electric meters.  As an Apprentice Lineman position that, through on-the-job and classroom training, receives instructions in the general use of materials and equipment dealing with the construction and maintenance of an electrical distribution system.


Under the Electric Director and/or the close supervision of the assigned supervisor.




1)  Reads and records electric meter readings for billing purposes in a timely manner with a minimum amount of errors

2)  Reports services not conforming to City standards to Division Supervisor; inspects meters and meter bases for suspected signs of tampering and damage.

3)  Assists in the analysis and improvement of meter reading routes and maps.

4)  Required to learn the identification and usage of materials or tools associated with the construction of an electric distribution system.

5)  Works with or around de-energized lines or equipment, loads and unloads trucks or trailers, digs holes for poles, anchors.

6)  Follows all safety rules, regulations, and policies established within the City and the Electric Division.

7)  Keeps the appearance of the shop and grounds in an orderly manner by general housekeeping.

8)  Helps maintain vehicles by cleaning, servicing and housekeeping.


The above listed duties are intended to be general in nature and level of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.




Education and Experience:

A)    High school diploma or GED equivalent.

B)     No experience necessary.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

A)    Ability to maintain a pleasant working relationship with fellow employees and the general public.

B)    Ability to become familiar with Division and City Rules and Regulations.

C)    Skill in operating listed tools and equipment.

D)    Knowledge pertaining to the application of basic First-Aid including CPR.

E)     Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

F)     Ability to communicate in both oral and written English.

G)    Must possess good hearing and sight (aided or unaided).



  1. Valid New Mexico Drivers’ License. Ability to obtain a New Mexico Class “B” CLD License within six months of hire.
  2. Must fulfill Apprentice requirements.
  3. Must successfully pass the pre-employment drug and alcohol screening test, and the post offer employment medical examination.



  1. Equipment and tools typically used:  Division vehicles, Data Cap H (hand held      reading unit), portable radio, wide variety of forms and office supplies      various hand tools and when needed, appropriate personal protective      equipment.
  2. Materials and products handled:  all materials dealing with the      construction and maintenance of electric distribution lines or equipment;      all chemicals dealing with the maintenance of Division vehicles and the      general housekeeping of Division buildings and grounds; including aerosol      insecticides.



  1. All essential duties are performed outdoors with      exposure to natural weather conditions with extremes in temperatures.
  2. Normally works alone (certain duties are performed as      part of a team or group of workers).
  3. Works closely with other employees.
  4. Exposure to various fumes, odors, mists or dusts.
  5. Exposure to moderate noise levels.
  6. Job hazards or potential job hazards include cuts,      bruises, animal or insect bites or stings, sprains, strains, broken bones,      exposure to electrical shock and operation of Division vehicles or      equipment, falling objects. 
  7. Duties involve walking, standing, or kneeling for      long periods of time on even, uneven, hard, soft, wet or dry surfaces.
  8. Duties may involve lifting of objects up to 100      pounds, with assistance.
  9. Essential duties are normally performed during      weekdays, although emergencies may require working all hours of the day or      night, including weekends and holidays.


The work environment characteristics described above are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job



  1. Duties require use of hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls, grasp, manipulate, reach with hands and arms, overall and finger dexterity.
  2. Duties require ability to talk and hear.
  3. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perceptions, and ability to adjust focus, bilateral coordination eye and hand coordination.


The physical demands 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 job functions when notified of said disability.




Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be requested.


This Position Description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Contact :




The City of Truth or Consequences has two opening for the position of METER READER/ APPRENTICE LINEMAN with the ELECTRIC DIVISION.

 See Job Description for full requirements and representative duties.


Grade GS-4 pay rate commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus Benefits

Application and Job Description are available from Human Resources Office,505 Sims Street, T or C., NM, 87901, tel.#575-894-6673 Ext. 314 fax #575-894-0363 Deadline for applications to be returned to the City’s HR Office is Until filled  E.O.E.


PUBLISH:     January 24, 2018 -   Herald

                     February 2, 2018 -   Sentinel



POSTED:        WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS   (01/24/18 – Until filled)

                        CITY’S WEBSITE         (01/24/18 – Until filled)

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled