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Elevator Constructor Job Overview
Elevator Constructors or elevator mechanics assemble, install and replace elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, moving walkways and similar equipment in new and old buildings. Once the equipment is in service, they maintain and repair it. They are also responsible for modernizing older equipment. In order to install, repair and maintain modern elevators, which are almost all electronically controlled, elevator constructors must have a thorough knowledge of electronics, electricity and hydraulics. Many elevators today are installed with microprocessors, which are programmed to constantly analyze traffic condition in order to dispatch elevators in the most efficient manner. With these computer controls, it is now possible to get the greatest amount of service with the least number of cars.
Must be at least 18 years old; must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate; and must pass an aptitude test.
The apprenticeship program runs four to five years. Generally, apprenticeships must complete a six-month probationary period. After completion, they work toward becoming fully qualified mechanics within four to five years. To be classified as a fully qualified mechanic, apprentices must pass a standard mechanics examination administered by the National Elevator Industry Educational Program.
Mathematics, electricity and physics.
Elevator Constructors usually work indoors. They may work in cramped spaces or awkward positions. Hazards include falls, electrical shock, muscle strains and other injuries related to handling heavy equipment.
Must be able to lift and carry heavy equipment and parts. Must be able to work in small cramped spaces.
Apprentices start at a percentage of scale:
- $47.72/hr Base Wage, plus
- $15.72/hr Health and Welfare, Plus
- $18.41/hr Annuity and Pension.
(subject to change)
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