An elevator mechanic is a skilled individual who constructs, services, and modernises lifts of all types. The job description varies depending on the location, level of experience and various other factors, but If you’re interested in this career, you can find more information by reading below.
What is an elevator mechanic?
There are several areas to specialise in as an elevator mechanic. Maintenance elevator mechanics who are given specific routes, where they perform maintenance for the elevators on that route to make sure everything is in working order. There are elevator mechanics who do service work – the bigger and heavier work that requires two or more men. Then there are also elevator mechanics that modernise elevators or who build brand-new elevators in new buildings.
What qualifications do you need to become an elevator mechanic?
To become an elevator technician, you usually need an apprenticeship or relevant qualification. Although an elevator mechanic does not necessarily need a college degree, a bachelor’s degree can make the job more attractive. In addition, many colleges offer college credit for apprenticeships. You should be aware that this job is extremely physical and requires a high level of concentration. You should consider taking a math or mechanical drawing class to prepare for this position.
As an elevator mechanic, you may be in a position to learn about the industry. In addition to reading blueprints, you will have to determine where the malfunctions are. Once you’ve determined where the problem lies, the next step is to repair it. If you’re interested in working in the elevator industry, an apprenticeship could be the perfect choice for you.
What tasks does an elevator mechanic undertake?
Depending on their speciality, duties may include the following:
- Reading and interpreting blueprints
- Installation of elevators, escalators, chairlifts, moving walkways, dumbwaiters etc.
- Connection of elevator car frames to counterweights and assembling elevator cars
- Installation and wiring of electric and electronic control systems
- Installation, testing, and adjusting of safety control devices for effective function
- Taking care of electrical or mechanical system failures
- Repairing or replacing parts
- Testing equipment with meters and gauges
- Oiling and greasing moving parts
- Rolling out preventive maintenance programs
- Making sure equipment is clean
In addition to assembling elevators, an elevator technician also works with hydraulic elevators. He or she may also assemble and repair freight elevators and passenger lifts. An electrician may also be needed if you need to fix an electric elevator. A certified mechanic is able to work with all types of mechanical equipment. A technician can also repair, service, and install escalators. A great job will give you the chance to work in a variety of environments and do what you love.
Elevator mechanic services
If you’re interested in becoming an elevator mechanic, then why not get in touch with our team by calling 0800 999 1199 or getting in touch here. We have offices in Plymouth, Exeter, Truro and Taunton and are always looking for talent to expand our professional team.