Elevator Installers and Repairers

Elevator installers and repairers, also called elevator constructors or elevator mechanics, are skilled crafts workers who assemble, install, and repair elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and similar equipment. They may also be responsible for modernizing this equipment. Approximately 19,700 elevator installers and repairers are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Assemble, install, and repair elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and similar equipment
Alternate Title(s) Elevator Constructors, Elevator Mechanics
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience 6 months of on-the-job experience are needed to become a helper; 4 years of experience are required to become a journeyman
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Mechanic-in-Charge, or Adjuster, or Estimator
  • Journeyman Elevator Installer/Repairer
  • Elevator Constructor Helper, or Assistant Mechanic, or Apprentice