What does a Elevating Devices Mechanic (636E) do?

Elevating Devices Mechanics may inspect, install, maintain, service, and repair elevating devices. Such devices can include passenger elevators, freight elevators, observation elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators, moving walkways, freight platforms, stage lifts, and others.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Knowledge of electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems
  • Ability to work in dark, confined spaces and potentially at great heights
  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, troubleshooting and diagnostic techniques
  • Understanding of the identification and safe handling of hazardous substances and materials
  • Knowledge of rigging theory and related safety, as well as elevator modernization and alteration
  • Ability to understand and practice workplace safety on a daily basis
  • Interest in continuously learning about new techniques and equipment in order to operate safely while maintaining productivity

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 12/age 16 legal minimum; secondary school diploma often required
  • While not mandatory, completion of an apprenticeship, including 7,200 hours on-the-job and three 8-week in-school training sessions, is advised

What's Your Future as a Elevating Devices Mechanic (636E)?

  • Generally 40-hour weeks; irregular/after-hours work may be needed in emergencies
  • Work conditions can be dark, confined spaces or at heights
  • Employers include elevator construction and maintenance companies

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average $20.00 per hour.


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