Elevator Constructors and Mechanics

(NOC 7318)

in All Trades and Transportation

Elevator constructors and mechanics assemble, install, maintain, and repair freight and passenger elevators, escalators, moving walkways and other related equipment. They are employed by elevator construction and maintenance companies. Elevator constructors and mechanics may specialize in construction, maintenance, or repair.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Elevator Constructors and Mechanics most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 90% of Elevator Constructors and Mechanics who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $91,885. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$90,995

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Elevator constructors and mechanics assemble, install, maintain, and repair freight and passenger elevators, escalators, moving walkways and other related equipment. They are employed by elevator construction and maintenance companies. Elevator constructors and mechanics may specialize in construction, maintenance, or repair.

Job duties

Elevator constructors and mechanics:

  • Read and interpret blueprints to determine layout of system components.
  • Perform preparatory construction work including steel work, wiring, and piping.
  • Install elevators, escalators, moving walkways, dumbwaiters, and related equipment according to specifications.
  • Connect car frames to counterweights with cables and assemble elevator cars.
  • Install and wire electric and electronic control system devices.
  • Install, test, and adjust safety control devices.
  • Test operation of newly installed equipment.
  • Troubleshoot electrical or mechanical systems failures.
  • Disassemble defective units and repair or replace worn or suspect parts.
  • Adjust valves, ratchets, seals, brake linings and other components.
  • Carry out preventative maintenance programs to ensure public safety.

Sample job titles

  • apprentice elevator mechanic
  • elevator constructor-mechanic
  • elevator installer
  • elevator mechanic
  • elevator repairer
  • escalator installer-repairer
  • escalator repairer

Skills

You should have an interest in electronics and mechanical operations. A strong background in mathematics and the sciences is important. You must be able to cooperate with others and perform routine tasks. Agility, physical strength, and hand-eye coordination are needed. You must also have good vision and hearing, and an inclination to work with tools.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A four- to five-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in elevator construction or repair is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.

Other considerations

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

110

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

19.0%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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45.8

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

68.2%

Halifax

13.6%

Annapolis Valley

9.1%

Southern

9.1%

North Shore

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

52.0%

45-54

19.0%

25-34

19.0%

35-44

10.0%

55-64

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

54.5%

College Diploma

$90,662 median annual income
40.9%

Trade Certification

$97,688 median annual income
9.1%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trade Certification

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Elevating Device Mechanic

Right to Practice: This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration, Technical Safety Division
PO Box 697
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
(844) 424-3200

Contacts

Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration, Occupational Health and Safety Division
Halifax, NS
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.