An elevator mechanic / technician installs, maintains or fixes vertical transportation equipment i.e. passenger elevators, freight elevators, residential elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators and moving walkways. He or she usually specializes in one of these jobs and may be called an elevator installer, repairer or constructor.
Preparing for this occupation involves completing paid on-the-job training and technical classes. One will learn electrical and electronic theory, complex mechanical structures, technical computer skill, mathematics, physics, safety and how to read architectural blueprints.
Recommended high school coursework includes math, mechanical drawing and shop. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and physically able to do the job. One must pass a math, reading and mechanical aptitude test or have sufficient accreditation.
Because an elevator mechanic must lift heavy equipment and do hard work for long periods of time, he or she must be physically strong and have good stamina. Being detail-oriented allows one to carefully keep track of service schedules. A repair person needs to have good troubleshooting skills. To work in some states elevator mechanics must be licensed.
Although it is not required, some people working in this field choose to become certified. Voluntary certification, available from trade associations like the National Association of Elevator Contractors can make a job candidate more appealing to an employer since it demonstrates that he or she meets certain standards.
In 2016 elevator mechanics earned a median salary of $76,490 and hourly wages of $36.77 (US). The US Bureau of Labor Statistics says it is one of the highest paying occupations for which a high school diploma is the highest level of education required.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this occupation will grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2020.
In 2016 there were almost 25,000 working elevator mechanics. Most were employed in the building equipment contractors industry. Few were self-employed. Jobs in this occupation are usually full-time. To deal with emergencies, some mechanics are on call 24/7.
An elevator mechanic may work on a team or alone, depending on the project. For example, an installation or major repair would require working on a team while one would work alone when troubleshooting a small problem.
Generally construction workers' schedules are determined by the weather. Clear days are spent on the job, while inclement ones mean time off. An elevator mechanic's schedule usually isn't dependent on the weather since he or she typically works indoors.
A Day in an Elevator Mechanic's Life:
On a typical day an elevator mechanic's tasks might include:
determining what equipment is needed by reading blueprints
installing elevators and components including rails, cabs, doors, cables and control systems
connecting electrical wiring
diagnosing/ troubleshooting problems
keeping records of service calls and maintenance
The most important skills for someone entering the elevator profession is to have an electrical background coupled with a knowledge of the mechanical interaction of equipment. A few of the most challenging aspects to becoming a skilled elevator technician is the ability to read electrical schematics, architectural blue prints, technical manuals, along with multiple code & safety books and apply that knowledge to everyday on the job processes. An elevator technician needs to be able to think quickly, possess keen problem solving abilities, utilize project management skills, all while keeping safety at the forefront of their decisions. In real world applications challenges may not happen exactly as they are explained in books. The ability to process knowledge which has been acquired through class rooms, online study and on the job training must then be applied to a technicians day to day tasks.
Successful candidates may possess a certification from a Megatronics program or comparable technical courses or have prior technical and mechanical experience.
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