Meter Tester I

Idaho Power Company    Boise, ID
Job Description

**If you are a current Idaho Power employee, please apply through the Employee Portal .

Application Deadline:

01/22/2020 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time

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Pay Range:

23.63 - 28.46 Hourly

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Job Description:

Idaho Power - headquartered in vibrant Boise, Idaho – is looking for a Meter Tester I to join our Customer Operations department.

It’s an exciting time to bring your skills to Idaho Power. We recently announced a goal of 100% clean energy by 2045, and our work plays a critical role in the communities we serve across Idaho and Oregon. We re looking for hard-working, hands-on problem solvers to keep our equipment and systems running smoothly as we continue to provide safe, reliable, affordable energy.

What does a Meter Tester do for us? They receive, inspect, and test various electric revenue meters and current transformers (CTs) for accuracy and quality using an automated, computer-controlled test board. They interpret results to determine whether each meter or CT should be returned to inventory or retired. Meter testers maintain accurate and detailed records of meters, CTs and corresponding test results in computerized system with minimum supervision and coordinate the meter testing program, including reporting, under general direction of area leadership. They also plan and execute routine compliance testing and special projects related to the implementation of new technology or control of nonconformance.

In addition to the meaningful work we do, we offer work-life balance, competitive pay and benefits, and both a 401k employer-match and a pension plan, making Idaho Power one of the best employers in the state.


  • Receiving – Coordinate with Stores personnel on delivery of electric revenue meters and related equipment to the facility. Ensure that incoming meters are catalogued and stored properly for processing
  • Cleaning – Sort meters by type, wash them, and set them up on racks for drying. Keep test shop clean and orderly
  • Retiring – Identify meters that are obsolete or deficient. Flag meters as retired with an appropriate Action Taken and Defect Code in the CR&B system. Ensure proper steps are taken for disposal/recycling
  • Testing – Use computerized test equipment to test various electric revenue meters. Perform testing for related equipment including instrument transformers and program meters for Net Metering applications
  • Analysis – Analyze meter and related equipment test results to ensure meters returned to inventory are compliant with IPC, ANSI and Public Utilities Commission (PUC) requirements. Review test records in CR&B and make manual updates as necessary
  • Module Changeout – Troubleshoot non-communicating meters and replace communication modules on three-phase units. Ensure proper communication is achieved prior to returning meters to inventory
  • Programming – Programs electronic meters and data recording devices
  • Quality Control – Follow documented work procedures and promptly report quality issues to leadership
  • Record keeping – Maintain accurate electronic records of serviceable meter inventory, spare parts, test results, failure reports, and other pertinent metering data
  • Inventory Support – Prepare meters and related equipment for return to inventory or shipment throughout the Company. Organize meters by type and load pallets
  • Managing Work – Coordinate meter testing program, including report, under general direction of area leadership. Prioritize meter processing with consideration for compliance requirements, customer impact, and inventory levels
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance and perform other duties as assigned


Knowledge of:

  • Basic electrical principles including power (kWH), energy (kW), 3-phase vs 1-phase power, and Ohm’s law.


  • Testing principles
  • IPC metering practices including AMI
  • Power triangle and applicable algebraic/trigonometric formulas
  • Database systems
  • Quality assurance programs

Skills in:

  • Verbal and written communication
  • Operation of a personal computer and software


  • Electronic trouble shooting and repair
  • Microsoft Excel and SQL

Ability to:

  • Organize work and work independently and in a team environment
  • Perform repetitive tasks
  • Keep detailed and accurate records
  • Operate test equipment such as multi-meters



  • Associates degree in electronics or equivalent combination of formal technical training and work experience


  • Associates degree in electronics


  • 2 years of experience in electrical industry


  • 3 years of experience in testing, troubleshooting and repair of electronic/electrical devices including operation of test equipment, record keeping, compliance testing and working with quality assurance requirements

The position consists of testing, sorting, cleaning, and taking of inventory of meters before shipping into the field for use. This requires lifting up to 30 lbs., pushing of up to 17.5 lbs, pulling of up to 20 lbs, and reaching to shoulder level/ overhead. Manual dexterity is required for manipulation of handtools, gripping, and removing glass cover from meters. Prolonged sitting is required for computer use and meter testing, (up to 75% of a typical work week). Prolonged standing of up to 2 hours daily is required for washing the meters. Tasks can be alternated to take sitting/standing breaks when needed. The above is a summary of the primary essential functions of the position. This job may require the performance of additional tasks assigned by company leaders or management. Questions regarding job requirements or accommodation requests should be directed to Human Resources.


Applied Learning, Decision Making, Managing Work, Quality Orientation, Safety Focus, Work Standards


Need Assistance Completing Your Application?

Please contact our Recruiting Office if you have questions, require assistance or accommodation while applying for employment with Idaho Power Company: Phone : 208-388-2965 or Email : [email protected]

Idaho Power is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We re proud to be an equal opportunity employer . All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, and any other status protected by applicable federal and state laws.

Please note: Idaho Power will not provide sponsorship for obtaining an employment visa, such as an H-1B visa.

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