The construction industry is full of careers that create the amenities and everyday conveniences the average person takes for granted. As long as it’s usable and functioning well, we don’t typically give the behind-the-scenes work much thought. That’s why today’s Friday Feature is dedicated to a career that lifts local communities unlike any other: elevator installer.
For some people, elevators are the only way to access floors above ground level. Elevators give everyone easy access to every floor, no matter if they are wheelchair-bound and trying to get into a doctor’s office or are new residents trying to move large furniture into a 3rd floor walk-up apartment.
This opportunity to create access for all is what makes a career as an elevator installer special. But it’s the balance of the day-to-day tasks completed on the job site that really sets this career apart. Yes, elevator installers may solely specialize in working with elevators, but they’re true “Jacks-of-all-trades.” On the job, an elevator installer needs muscular strength and endurance in addition to strategic thinking and problem-solving skills to lead full elevator installations and minor repairs. In one shift alone, elevator installers may go from deciphering intricate blueprints to lifting heavy equipment to reviewing safety warnings to working with hydraulics, electronics, and electricity. Every action they take, no matter what it is, supports the safety of others.
Not only do elevator installers make a difference for others with their daily work, they also see a major difference in their own lives. If you choose a career as an elevator installer, you can look forward to great pay from the start. In fact, the United States Department of Labor reported that, as of last year, elevator installers earned an average of nearly $80,000. And, your earning potential is sure to continue for years to come. The United States Department of Labor forecasts that through 2026, job growth in this field is expected to grow more quickly than the average career with a 12% growth rate.
If the potential positive impact for your local community and your own life inspires and excites you, it may be time to consider starting on your path toward this skilled trade. If you’re still in high school, sign up for classes like mechanical drawing, shop, and computer skills to make the most of your time pre-graduation. As always, starting an apprenticeship is the best first step. Click here to learn more about apprenticeship programs in your area. No matter when you begin, hone your mechanical and troubleshooting skills. You will face the expected as well as the unexpected, from scheduled service checks to emergency repair requests regularly.
Elevators really do connect communities. And you can be a part of making that connection for your neighbors and visitors. With a growing need to take care of aging elevators and install new, now is the perfect time to become an elevator installer. Are you ready to reach new heights in your career by lifting your community with your expertise? Visit our website to learn more about the exciting and rewarding career opportunities as an elevator installer.