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Elevator Installer/Repairer  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assembles, installs, repairs, and maintains electric and hydraulic freight and passenger elevators, escalators, and dumbwaiters.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway, Maintenance/Operations pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Assembles, installs, repairs, and maintains elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, and dumbwaiters, using hand and power tools, and testing devices such as test lamps, ammeters, and voltmeters.
  • Tests newly installed equipment to ensure that it meets specifications, such as stopping at floors for set amounts of time.
  • Locates malfunctions in brakes, motors, switches, and signal and control systems, using test equipment.
  • Checks that safety regulations and building codes are met, and completes service reports verifying conformance to standards.
  • Connects electrical wiring to control panels and electric motors.
  • Reads and interprets blueprints to determine the layout of system components, frameworks, and foundations, and to select installation equipment.
  • Adjusts safety controls, counterweights, door mechanisms, and components such as valves, ratchets, seals, and brake linings.
  • Inspects wiring connections, control panel hookups, door installations, and alignments and clearances of cars and hoistways to ensure that equipment will operate properly.
  • Disassembles defective units, and repairs or replaces parts such as locks, gears, cables, and electric wiring.
  • Maintains log books that detail all repairs and checks performed.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Maintaining a body position that prevents falling when in an unstable position
  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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