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Mechanical Door Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Installs, services or repairs automatic door mechanisms and hydraulic doors, including garage door mechanics.

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


A person in this career:

  • Winds large springs with upward motion of arm.
  • Adjusts doors to open or close with the correct amount of effort or makes simple adjustments to electric openers.
  • Carries springs to tops of doors, using ladders or scaffolding, and attaches springs to tracks to install spring systems.
  • Repairs or replaces worn or broken door parts, using hand tools.
  • Completes required paperwork, such as work orders, according to services performed or required.
  • Fastens angle iron back-hangers to ceilings and tracks, using fasteners or welding equipment.
  • Collects payment upon job completion.
  • Installs door frames, rails, steel rolling curtains, electronic-eye mechanisms, or electric door openers and closers, using power tools, hand tools, and electronic test equipment.
  • Inspects job sites, assessing headroom, side room, or other conditions to determine appropriateness of door for a given location.
  • Assembles and fastens tracks to structures or bucks, using impact wrenches or welding equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupations requires climbing things such as ladders, scaffold, and poles 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 hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third 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 making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing 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
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • 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
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Regular working hours and limited travel
  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Commercial Door Installer --
  • Garage Door Installer --
  • Overhead Door Technician --
  • Residential Door Installer --