Elevator installers and repairers—also called elevator constructors or elevator mechanics—assemble, install, maintain, and replace elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, moving walkways, and similar equipment in new and old buildings. They also are responsible for modernizing older equipment. Elevator installers and repairers must have a thorough knowledge of electronics, electricity, and hydraulics. Elevator installers put in electrical wires and controls, and install electrical components and related devices required at each floor and at the main control panel in the machine room. Installers bolt or weld together the steel frame of an elevator car at the bottom of the shaft; install the car´s platform, walls, and doors; and attach guide shoes and rollers and install the outer doors and door frames at the elevator entrances on each floor.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship is a four/five-year program. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 related classroom hours per year and 9,250 on-the-job training hours.
Applicants must be 18 years of age, have graduated from high school or have obtained a GED or equivalent certificate, have completed one year of high school algebra or equivalent post-high school algebra course(s) with a grade of C or better, or submit equivalent math placement test scores.
Ohio Wage Averages
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [March 31, 2017] [http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes474021.htm]