An elevator mechanic may work on a team or alone, depending on the project. For example, an installation or major repair would require working on a team while one would work alone when troubleshooting a small problem.
Generally construction workers' schedules are determined by the weather. Clear days are spent on the job, while inclement ones mean time off. An elevator mechanic's schedule usually isn't dependent on the weather since he or she typically works indoors.
Apprenticeships, typically sponsored by unions and contractors, are open to high school graduates or those who have earned equivalency diplomas. Recommended high school coursework includes math, mechanical drawing and shop. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and physically able to do the job. One must pass a math, reading and mechanical aptitude test to be admitted to an apprenticeship program. The National Elevator Industry Educational Program has put together an FAQ that can answer some of the questions you may have about apprenticeships.
To work in some states elevator mechanics must be licensed. To find out if you will need a license see the Licensed Occupation Tool from careeronestop (hint: typing only the word "elevator" into search box will bring up all relevant job titles).
Although it is not required, some people working in this field choose to become certified. Voluntary certification, available from trade associations like the National Association of Elevator Contractors can make a job candidate more appealing to an employer since it demonstrates that he or she meets certain standards.
Use the Salary Wizard at Salary.com to find out how much an Elevator Mechanic currently earns in your city.
A Day in an Elevator Mechanic's Life:
On a typical day an elevator mechanic's tasks might include:
- determining what equipment is needed by reading blueprints
- installing elevators and componants including doors, cables and control systems
- connecting electrical wiring
- diagnosing problems
- keeping records of service calls and maintance
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Elevator Installers and Repairers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/elevator-installers-and-repairers.htm (visited November 26, 2012).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Elevator Installers and Repairers, on the Internet at http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/47-4021.00 (visited November 26, 2012).