Elevator constructors and mechanics assemble, install, maintain and repair freight and passenger elevators, escalators, moving walkways and other related equipment. In this career, they are most often employed by elevator construction and maintenance companies. They may specialize in installation, maintenance or repair.
Install and wire electric and electronic control system devices
Adjust valves, seals, brake linings and other components
Install, test and adjust safety control devices
Troubleshoot mechanical or electrical systems failures
Test equipment and repair or replace parts
Carry out preventative maintenance programs to ensure public safety
Maintain logbooks that detail all repairs and checks performed
What You’ll Need
Usually a combination of 4+ years of work experience in the trade, plus some high school, college or industry courses in elevator construction or repair to be eligible for certification.
4 to 5 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.
Key Skills & Attributes
(technical training and on the job)
Reading, communication and numeracy skills
Problem-solving and planning
Ability to use specialized instrumentation & equipment
Ability to read and interpret blueprints
Ability to do detailed, precise work indoors and out
You are skilled at working with your hands and small tools.
You like machines.
You’re comfortable working in dark, confined spaces.
Did You Know?
Sometimes elevator constructors ride on the top of elevators moving at high speeds, so comfort with heights is important in this career! They can also be seen as heroes when they free people stuck in elevators.
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Read blueprints and drawings for plumbing system layouts, water supply networks and waste and drainage systems
Determine piping system requirements and pipe sizing
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Detect and troubleshoot mechanical problems
Repair or replace defective machinery parts Assemble and install machinery and equipment using tools
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Operate and drive straight or articulated trucks and lighter, special purpose trucks
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Install supports, valves, piping and control systems
Measure, cut, thread, bend and install metal, plastic and fiberglass pipes, valves and fittings