Elevator Installers and Repairers
SOC: 47-4021.00


Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
20,700 employed

Projected (2024):
23,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Accessibility Lift Technician
  • Building Serviceman
  • Contract Serviceman
  • Elevator Adjuster
  • Elevator Builder
  • Elevator Constructor
  • Elevator Erector
  • Elevator Examiner and Adjuster
  • Elevator Installation and Repair Maintenance Worker
  • Elevator Installer Apprentice
  • Elevator Mechanic
  • Elevator Mechanic Apprentice
  • Elevator Repair and Maintenance Technician
  • Elevator Repairer
  • Elevator Repairer Apprentice
  • Elevator Service Mechanic
  • Elevator Service Technician
  • Elevator Serviceman
  • Elevator Technician
  • Elevator Troubleshooter
  • Elevator Worker
  • Escalator Installer
  • Escalator Mechanic
  • Escalator Service Mechanic
  • Freight Elevator Erector
  • Hydraulic Elevator Constructor
  • Installer
  • Platform Power Technician

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Assemble, install, repair, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, and dumbwaiters, using hand and power tools, and testing devices such as test lamps, ammeters, and voltmeters.
  • Test newly installed equipment to ensure that it meets specifications, such as stopping at floors for set amounts of time.
  • Locate malfunctions in brakes, motors, switches, and signal and control systems, using test equipment.
  • Check that safety regulations and building codes are met, and complete service reports verifying conformance to standards.
  • Connect electrical wiring to control panels and electric motors.
  • Adjust safety controls, counterweights, door mechanisms, and components such as valves, ratchets, seals, and brake linings.
  • Read and interpret blueprints to determine the layout of system components, frameworks, and foundations, and to select installation equipment.
  • Inspect wiring connections, control panel hookups, door installations, and alignments and clearances of cars and hoistways to ensure that equipment will operate properly.
  • Disassemble defective units, and repair or replace parts such as locks, gears, cables, and electric wiring.
  • Maintain log books that detail all repairs and checks performed.
  • Participate in additional training to keep skills up to date.
  • Attach guide shoes and rollers to minimize the lateral motion of cars as they travel through shafts.
  • Connect car frames to counterweights, using steel cables.
  • Bolt or weld steel rails to the walls of shafts to guide elevators, working from scaffolding or platforms.
  • Assemble elevator cars, installing each car's platform, walls, and doors.
  • Install outer doors and door frames at elevator entrances on each floor of a structure.
  • Install electrical wires and controls by attaching conduit along shaft walls from floor to floor and pulling plastic-covered wires through the conduit.
  • Cut prefabricated sections of framework, rails, and other components to specified dimensions.
  • Operate elevators to determine power demands, and test power consumption to detect overload factors.
  • Assemble electrically powered stairs, steel frameworks, and tracks, and install associated motors and electrical wiring.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Ammeters
  • Amp meters
  • Cable tensionmeters
  • Capacity testers
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Commutator stones
  • Conduit benders
  • Cutting torches
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Disk grinders
  • Electricians' knives
  • Equipment dollies
  • Event recorders
  • Flat metal files
  • Fuse testers
  • Graphic data recording meters
  • Grease guns
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammers
  • Hoists
  • Hydraulic elevator cylinder repair kits
  • Hydraulic pressure gauges
  • Insulated pliers
  • Ladders
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser levels
  • Levels
  • Logic probes
  • Long nose pliers
  • Measuring tapes
  • Megohmmeters
  • Micrometers
  • Millivoltmeters
  • Multimeters
  • Ohmmeters
  • Open end wrenches
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Phase rotation meters
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Plumb bobs
  • Power drills
  • Power saws
  • Pressure gauges
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Pump pliers
  • Resistance testers
  • Safety harnesses
  • Scaffolding
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Signal generators
  • Slings
  • Soldering irons
  • Spring scales
  • Stick welders
  • Tablet computers
  • Tachometers
  • Temperature profile recorders
  • Test lamps
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welder
  • Two way radios
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Volt meters
  • Welders
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers
  • Work platforms
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
  • Elevator Controls INTERACT
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Troubleshooting software
  • WORLD Electronics Freedomware

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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580