Elevator Installers and Repairers

Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

Median Annual Wage: $78,620

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (40%); Post-secondary certificate (36%); Professional degree (9%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Elevator Mechanic; Elevator Service Mechanic; Elevator Adjuster; Elevator Service Technician; Elevator Constructor; Elevator Repair and Maintenance Technician; Elevator Technician; Elevator Serviceman; Elevator Troubleshooter; Escalator Service Mechanic

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  • Test newly installed equipment to ensure that it meets specifications, such as stopping at floors for set amounts of time.
  • Locate malfunctions in brakes, motors, switches, and signal and control systems, using test equipment.
  • Check that safety regulations and building codes are met, and complete service reports verifying conformance to standards.
  • Connect electrical wiring to control panels and electric motors.
  • Adjust safety controls, counterweights, door mechanisms, and components such as valves, ratchets, seals, and brake linings.
  • Read and interpret blueprints to determine the layout of system components, frameworks, and foundations, and to select installation equipment.
  • Inspect wiring connections, control panel hookups, door installations, and alignments and clearances of cars and hoistways to ensure that equipment will operate properly.
  • Disassemble defective units, and repair or replace parts such as locks, gears, cables, and electric wiring.
  • Maintain log books that detail all repairs and checks performed.
  • Participate in additional training to keep skills up to date.
  • Attach guide shoes and rollers to minimize the lateral motion of cars as they travel through shafts.
  • Connect car frames to counterweights, using steel cables.
  • Bolt or weld steel rails to the walls of shafts to guide elevators, working from scaffolding or platforms.
  • Assemble elevator cars, installing each car's platform, walls, and doors.
  • Install outer doors and door frames at elevator entrances on each floor of a structure.
  • Install electrical wires and controls by attaching conduit along shaft walls from floor to floor and pulling plastic-covered wires through the conduit.
  • Cut prefabricated sections of framework, rails, and other components to specified dimensions.

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  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Elevator Installers and Repairers.

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