Those who are mechanically inclined enjoy learning how machines work and want to provide a necessary service in most office and apartment buildings could find a career as an elevator constructor and mechanic to be highly satisfying. Elevator constructors and mechanics put together the parts for installing escalators and elevators and they also check on their functioning and repair them when necessary. They work on electric or hydraulic elevators that service passengers or freight and they also install and repair moving walkways. According to the website www.edunetconnect.com they must be skilled at understanding blueprints reading technical specifications and following written instructions to the letter. Elevator and instruction mechanics are required to keep an organized and clear maintenance log book for every elevator and they are responsible for testing the operation of the equipment on a regular basis. Individuals who do this type of work must be able to lift and handle heavy equipment so they must be physically fit. For the most part elevator constructors and mechanics work for companies specializing in elevator construction and maintenance. Usually they belong to the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) which has a role in determining their pay and working conditions. Those who want to pursue this career must have a high school diploma followed by an apprenticeship of up to four years. The apprenticeship which is sponsored by contractors and union representatives consists of on-the job training and formal instruction in blueprint reading electronics physics and safety. According to the website www.bls.gov wages for elevator constructors and mechanics are among the highest in the construction trade and range from $20 to more than $47 per hour with the middle 50 earning between $26 and $40 per hour.
|Education Required:||High School Diploma & Apprenticeship|
|Tasks:||Assembles and installs elevators.
Fixes or replaces broken and old elevators.
Maintains elevators to keep them safe.
Studies and follows installation plans and instructions.
|Also Called:||Elevator Repair Technician
Elevator Maintenance Technician