Elevator constructors and mechanics assemble, install, maintain and repair freight and passenger elevators, escalators, moving walkways and other related equipment. They are employed by elevator construction and maintenance companies.
Elevator constructors and mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:
Read and interpret blueprints to determine layout of system components
Perform preparatory construction work including steel work, wiring and piping
Install elevators, escalators, moving walkways, dumbwaiters and related equipment according to specifications
Connect car frames to counterweights with cables and assemble elevator cars
Install and wire electric and electronic control system devices
Install, test and adjust safety control devices
Test operation of newly installed equipment
Troubleshoot electrical or mechanical systems failures
Disassemble defective units and repair or replace worn or suspect parts
Adjust valves, ratchets, seals, brake linings and other components
Carry out preventative maintenance programs to ensure public safety.
Elevator constructors and mechanics may specialize in construction, maintenance or repair.
Completion of secondary school is usually required.
Completion of a four- to five-year apprenticeship program
A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in elevator construction or repair is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
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