Elevator Mechanic

Your career as an Elevator Mechanic

Your career as an elevator mechanic involves the installation, maintenance and fixing of elevators, escalators and other related machinery. Let’s take a look what a career as an elevator mechanic actually involves and where your career as an elevator mechanic can take you.

Working as an Elevator Mechanic

A career in this field requires a host of different technical skill sets depending on what type of work, and what type of machinery you are working on. Some of the core roles you will perform include:

  • Examining, diagnosing maintaining and repairing elevators
  • Determining the need for and perform major overhaul or replacement of defective equipment
  • Performing proper time keeping and accounting of materials and expenses for assigned projects
  • Reading and interpreting blueprints and other technical documentation
  • Following appropriate maintenance and service procedures
  • Meeting and assisting with external regulatory inspections
  • Having a detailed knowledge of health and safety procedures and protocols and having a detailed response plan in place.

Career Path

A career as an elevator mechanic involves work of a large scale technical nature, that will impact on elements such as logistics and supply, just some of the other roles you would expect to work alongside in your career as an elevator mechanic include:

  • Electrical engineer
  • Foreperson
  • Site manager
  • Electrician
  • Building services engineer
  • CAD technician
  • BIM manager
  • Project engineer
  • Purchaser
  • Logistics technician
  • Instrumentation technician
  • HSE officer
  • Health & Safety
  • Construction plant fitter
  • Heavy equipment operator

Professional qualifications

Considerable training is necessary to ensure you can safely and efficiently operate a complex piece of machinery. A qualifation at third level oer iva industry in engineering, particularly mechanical engineering, would be particularly relevant for this area. Whatever education you choose to pursue, courses need to be certified and recognised by relevant bodies such as SOLAS and adhere to Irish Health & Safety legislation. One of the most common routes would be the apprenticeship structure, which will blend on-the-job learning with the necessary mechanical and technical knowledge at college level.

How your career can develop?

As an elevator mechanic, you can continue to advance your skills up to instructor level, where you will be an asset to your employer in terms of training other personnel. You can also offer your advanced driving or instructional training to companies which run courses in this area. Experienced elevator mechanics can also take on supervisory or management roles and specialise in particular types of elevators and work alongside the manufacturers of this equipment.