Elevator Installers and Repairers

Workers Repair Elevator

Elevator installers and repairers, also called elevator constructors or elevator mechanics, are skilled crafts workers who assemble, install, and repair elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, automated people movers, and similar equipment. They may also be responsible for modernizing this equipment. Approximately 21,000 elevator installers and repairers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Elevator Constructors, Elevator Mechanics
Duties Assemble, install, and repair elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and similar equipment
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Six months' on-the-job experience for helpers; four years' experience for a journeyman
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Mechanic-in-Charge, or Adjuster, or Estimator
  • Journeyman Elevator Installer/Repairer
  • Elevator Constructor Helper, or Assistant Mechanic, or Apprentice

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