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Elevator Installers and Repairers

Elevator Installers and Repairers
Quick Facts : Elevator Installers and Repairers*
2010 Median Pay$70,910
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201219,900
Job Outlook11% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change2,300

Elevator installers and repairers install, fix, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and other lifts. They usually specialize in installation, maintenance, or repair work. Maintenance and repair workers generally need greater knowledge of electronics, hydraulics, and electricity than do installers because a large part of maintenance and repair work is troubleshooting. In fact, most elevators today have computerized control systems, resulting in more complex systems and troubleshooting than in the past.

What Elevator Installers and Repairers Do

  • Locate malfunctions in brakes, motors, switches, and control systems
  • Connect electrical wiring to control panels and electric motors
  • Test newly installed equipment to ensure that it meets specifications
  • Comply with safety regulations and building codes
  • Keep service records of all maintenance and repair tasks

Work Environment

Elevator installers and repairers must lift and carry heavy equipment and parts. Workers may be required to work overtime when essential equipment must be repaired, and some workers are on call 24 hours.
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Job Outlook

Employment of elevator installers and repairers is expected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020. This sector of the construction industry is expected to grow rapidly during the projections decade as the economy rebounds from the recent recession.
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The average salary for elevator installers and repairers was $70,910 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Elevator Installers and Repairers

Nearly all elevator installers and repairers learn through a formal apprenticeship. A few states require licensure. Elevator installers and repairers learn their trade through a 4-year apprenticeship and accumulate at least 144 hours of related technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. During training, apprentices learn blueprint reading, electrical and electronic theory, mathematics, applied physics, and safety.
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