R&D Technician

Consumer Billing Groveland , Florida


One of the Nation's largest electric distribution cooperatives located in Central Florida



 R&D Technician


Financial & Administrative Services

Reports to:

Meter Reading Supervisor


850 Howey Rd, Groveland FL 34736

Pay Rate:

Hourly: $29.54 - $30.24


Represented/Non Exempt

Posting Date(s):

Monday, 07/25/2022 through Wednesday, 08/03/2022*

External-Until Filled **

# Of Vacancies:



 * For Internal applicants only: Per Section 8.4 of the Labor agreement, “When a job becomes open in classifications except at the entry level, the Cooperative shall post a notice of the job openings for a seven (7) working day period. Employees who desire to be considered for assignments to said openings shall notify Human Resources in writing within the above-described time limit.”           

^ SECO Energy is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving over 200,000 families and businesses across seven counties in

   Central Florida, making SECO Energy the third largest electric co-op in Florida and the sixth largest in the nation.

^ SECO Energy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment  

    without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

^ After conclusion of posting date for Internals, qualified employees will be considered on an equal basis with external applicants    **This posting will be closed and no longer available to receive applications upon the discretion of SECO Energy

General Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for performing duties associated with attaining meter readings; reconnect and disconnecting meter service due to failure to pay; detecting and reporting signs of meter tampering or theft of service; provide accurate information for billing practices; be available for call-out after regular work hours; and promote a favorable relationship between the Cooperative and the customer.


Minimum Required Qualifications and Competencies

The following includes the minimum job requirements and essential duties for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Some job requirements may exclude individuals that cannot be reasonably accommodated or who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.




High School or GED






One (1) year meter reading experience with an electric utility or related industry.



Working knowledge of electrical safety.



Experience or similar work with an electric utility or related industry.



 Other Requirements

  • Ability to operate a variety of office equipment, including a personal computer, printers, copy machines, telephone, and fax machine.
  • Ability to work irregular hours for assignment completion and flexibility to change scheduling and report to work on short notice during emergency situations.
  • A valid Florida driver’s license for regular driving privileges of a company vehicle; must have and maintain an acceptable driving record as determined by SECO Energy.
  • Frequent business travel to all areas of service territory required.
  • Normal work hours shall be eight (8) hours between 6:00 am and 12:00 am midnight, Monday through Friday.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment background check, physical and drug screen.


Living Requirement            

To ensure timely response to Call outs, must live within 40 miles radius from the assigned reporting location.  Employees who live more than a 40 mile radius from their assigned reporting location must relocate within 6 months of employment.  All employees living within the thirty (30) mile radius and are subject to call-outs, are expected to meet the one (1) hour response requirement as stated in Article 10.5. Those employees living over thirty (30) miles but no more than forty (40) miles and subject to call-outs will be required to report within ninety (90) minutes. Regardless of the living distance, employees that are on-call and provided with a SECO vehicle are required to respond within forty-five (45) minutes as detailed in Article 10.5.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Ability to acquire knowledge in meter identification by type and application; acquire technical skill in reconnecting and disconnecting energized electric meters up to 200 amps.
  • Ability to acquire proficiency in the operation of electronic meter reading equipment; possess a high level of attention to detail to capture meter readings at 100% accuracy and enter information in written or electronic form.
  • Ability to make independent decisions commensurate with responsibilities and work independently and productively and results oriented in order to complete assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, verbal and listening skills for effective interaction with employees, managers, customers, and the public; ability to deal accordingly with irate customers or animals in awkward situations arising from the disconnection of electric service.
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics and use of personal computers with ability to acquire skill and use of MS Office products and corporate software programs applicable to the position.
  • English is the primary business language. Second language in Spanish is desirable.


Verification: The above qualifications and competencies for this position may be verified through a combination of education, experience, interview questions and technical skills exercise(s).


Essential Duties and responsibilities

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the position given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of essential duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties that may be assigned based on the needs of the Cooperative.                                                                                                                                               


  • Operate personal computer devices in vehicles utilizing MS Office products, I-Vue’s App Suite, or other corporate software programs, to view daily job assignments or transfer jobs to other Technicians, as necessary.
  • Disconnect or reconnect energized electric service meters.
  • Read and accurately record meter readings from commercial, industrial, or residential meters, as directed.
  • Perform miscellaneous service orders to include, but not limited to disconnect for non-payment, meter change outs, read meter/change accounts, etc.
  • Report and replace broken or missing meter seals.
  • Observe and report damage to meters and signs of tampering; irregular or hazardous meter conditions.
  • Explain company policies and report customer questions or complaints to management on matters such as high bills, area light outages or hazardous conditions, etc.
  • May read meters inside substations or near energized facilities (when properly trained).
  • Assist Meter Readers to complete routes as needed.
  • Maintain good public relations with customers.
  • Maintain current knowledge of meter reading equipment technology.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by or those an employee encounters to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Some requirements may exclude individuals that cannot be reasonably accommodated or who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. 


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.