Meter-Pro™ Training Saves You Money
Reading utility meters is all about accuracy—because errors cost money. Meter-Pro™ computer-based training for gas, electric and water meters is guaranteed to teach accurate meter reading—in just three days.
Meter-Pro™ makes it easier for you to:
- Objectively screen job applicants to hire only the best.
- Quickly train temps and new hires.
- Retrain employees for positions as meter readers.
- Sharpen skills of current meter readers, linemen, installers and others.
- Customize training to meet specific employee needs.
- Ensure consistent, objective performance assessment.
- Reduce the cost of errors and re-reads.
You really can train employees onsite in just three days—with minimal or no supervision—guaranteed. There’s no need to send new meter readers around with veterans for a week or to the meter shop with a supervisor. Meter-Pro™ is perfect for requalifying experienced staff and getting rid of habitual errors, too.
How Meter-Pro™ Utility Meter Training Works
Each Meter-Pro™ training package includes the following:
- Easy-to-understand manual
- Coach’s guide
- Introductory “How to Read a Meter” videotape
- Training software for PCs.
The clear and concise Meter-Pro™ video introduces basic meter reading concepts and skills. The video includes 25 practice reads to reinforce these basic skills. Then, it’s on to the software training for four-dial, five-dial and demand scale meters.
Meter Reader Training Program Identifies and Corrects Problems
Meter-Pro™ is challenging and rewarding. Our award-winning software randomly generates dial settings so trainees see a fresh set of dials in every session. Exercises include training for 9s and 0s, with no recognizable patterns. There are three levels of difficulty and trainees advance at their own pace. All sessions are fully documented to track each employee’s progress. Check out or various pricing packages for corporate or individual use.
Meter-Pro™ automatically identifies accuracy problems, builds training sessions to correct them, and tests for comprehension. Its built-in cost analysis demonstrates how even small errors can cause big dollar losses—and provides great motivation!
Meter Readers Become Experts in All Gas, Water and Electric Analog Utility Meters
Every jobsite is different. Residential and commercial buildings feature a wide variety of meter readers depending on what’s being measured. Not all gas, water and electric meters read similarly. While there may be overlap in a few cases, your employees need to be prepared for any meter they come across in the field and read it with 100% accuracy.
Meter reader training centers around the familiar 5-dial display found on an analog electric meter, called an electromechanical induction watt-hour meter. The meter uses electrical conductivity and a set of coils forming an induction motor to generate an estimate of power usage, typically in kilowatt-hours.
The 5-dial display on an analog electric meter is what meter readers must read absolutely accurately to ensure proper customer billing and keep the company from carelessly tossing aside revenue. The rotary design of the mechanisms behind the display mean each dial alternates in direction—the first (1/10 kWh) moves clockwise, the second (1 kWh) counterclockwise, the third (10 kWh) clockwise, and so on.
Read Electric Meters Right and Save Money
When meter readers try to read too quickly, mistakes are made and money is lost. An inaccurate reading may lead to significant billing errors or costly re-reads. While some electric meters may feature an easy-to-read odometer style dial, like a three-phase electromechanical induction meter, analog meter readers will most often be faced with reading the standard 5-dial displays.
The Meter-Pro™ meter reading training system from Professional Training Solutions offers a clear, concise methodology for learning the correct process of meter reading. The sensibly designed and executed instructional program lays out a succinct set of rules and a rigid process readers need to maintain 100% accuracy.
Utilize the Meter-Pro™ program and never miss another reading of an electric utility meter.
Most residential and small commercial locations use diaphragm or “bellows” meters to measure gas consumption. The multi-chamber design moves gas continuously, directed by the coordination of internal valves. The linear motion of the diaphragms turns into a rotary motion, driving a counting mechanism resembling an odometer.
In some cases, the gas meter will look almost exactly like an odometer you’d find on the dashboard of a car. However, many gas meters feature 4 or 5 individual dials functioning as an odometer, but not appearing as one. Some dials appearing on a gas meter have nothing to do with the reading.
The Meter-Pro™ training program prepares you for encounters with orifice, Coriolis, turbine and rotary gas meters, among others, giving you the skills necessary to read them with 100% accuracy.
When water meter readers reach the jobsite, they must be able to quickly locate the water line and find the water meter for reading in as little time as possible.
In most cases, meter readers will come across displacement water meters, featuring a circular measurement with a sweep arm indicating flow, and an odometer-like total usage indicator, typically in gallons. A displacement meter measures how much water passes through the meter, while velocity water meters measure based on the velocity of flow. A turbine meter allows for higher flow rate sacrificing some accuracy, and may be found in large commercial or industrial sites.
No matter the meter used on location, meter readers must be familiar with every kind and know how to measure water use. The Meter-Pro™ training system readies employees with no previous experience to face every kind of situation in the field, whether they are measuring water usage on multi-jet, compound, ultrasonic or electromagnetic water meters.