Elevator & Escalator Installers & Repairers

Elevator Mechanic, Elevator Service Mechanic, Elevator Service Technician (Elevator Service Tech), Elevator Technician (Elevator Tech)

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What they do:
Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.
On the job, you would:
  • Inspect wiring connections, control panel hookups, door installations, and alignments and clearances of cars and hoistways to ensure that equipment will operate properly.
  • Assemble, install, repair, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, and dumbwaiters, using hand and power tools, and testing devices such as test lamps, ammeters, and voltmeters.
  • Disassemble defective units, and repair or replace parts such as locks, gears, cables, and electric wiring.


Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical
  • building and construction


  • customer service
  • management

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Persistence
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Analytical or scientific software

  • Elevator Controls INTERACT
  • WORLD Electronics Freedomware

Electronic mail software

  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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