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Elevator Constructor

Elevator constructors install, modify, service and repair electric and hydraulic elevators, personnel and man hoists, moving walkways, stagelifts, escalators and related equipment.

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  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education Apprenticeship
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  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Escalator Constructor, Service Technician

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Elevator Constructors and Mechanics (7318) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Elevator Constructors and Mechanics (H418) 
  • 2011 NOC: Elevator constructors and mechanics (7318) 
  • 2016 NOC: Elevator constructors and mechanics (7318) 
Interest Codes
The Elevator Constructor is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Elevator Constructors and Mechanics
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to adjust valves, ratchets, seals, brake linings and other components; and in performing preparatory construction work including steelwork, wiring and piping

METHODICAL

Interest in carrying out preventive maintenance to ensure public safety

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing information to troubleshoot electrical and mechanical system failures and test the operation of newly installed equipment

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Elevator constructors may specialize in construction, maintenance or repair work. In general, they read and interpret blueprints to determine the layout of cylinders, electrical connections and other system components. To follow through, they:

  • Read and interpret blueprints to determine the layout of cylinders, electrical connections and other system components
  • Do preparatory construction work including steel work, wiring and piping
  • Install doors and frames, guide rails, counterweights and elevator, escalator and walkway chassis
  • Connect elevator car frames to counterweights with cables and assemble elevator cars
  • Wire electronic control system equipment
  • Test and adjust equipment
  • Troubleshoot problems with mechanical and electrical systems and make the necessary repairs
  • Carry out preventative maintenance programs to ensure public safety
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Elevator constructors work indoors most of the time but may do some outdoor work. They usually work 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Those who do maintenance and service may be on 24-hour call at times.

There is some risk of injury working with heavy equipment and from falls and electrical shocks.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Elevator constructors need:

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • The ability to work well in a small crew without direct supervision
  • The ability to do detailed and precise work
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

To work in Alberta, an elevator constructor must be ONE of the following:

  • A registered apprentice
  • An Alberta-certified journeyperson
  • Someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate

To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train them. They must also meet ONE of the following:

  • Have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 20-2, Math 20-3, and Science 10, or equivalent
  • Have a pass mark in all 5 Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests
  • Pass an entrance exam

Electronic or mechanical training is a definite asset for anyone wishing to enter the trade.

The term of apprenticeship is 4 years (four 12-month periods) that include a minimum of 1,800 hours of on-the-job training each year. Technical training provided by the Canadian Elevator Industry Educational Program (CEIEP) is the only training presently delivered.

High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for admission, credit, or certification. Credits may reduce the period of apprenticeship.

Elevator constructors must continually keep up to date with innovations in their field.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

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Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Elevator Constructor

Elevator constructors install, modify, service and repair electric and hydraulic elevators, personnel and man hoists, moving walkways, stagelifts, escalators and related equipment. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act [pdf] and Elevator Constructor Trade Regulation [pdf], you must have a certificate that is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training or be a registered apprentice to work on elevators, escalators, moving walkways, stagelifts or related equipment in Alberta.

What You Need

The term of apprenticeship is 4 years (four 12-month periods) that include a minimum of 1,800 hours of on-the-job training each year. Technical training provided by the Canadian Elevator Industry Educational Program (CEIEP) is the only training presently delivered.

Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.

Working in Alberta

Elevator constructors from other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

Contact Details

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on “Contact Us” on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).

Additional Information

Certified tradespeople who want to build their business skills may obtain an Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) Certificate from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Elevator constructors are employed by elevator manufacturers and independent firms that contract to install, service and maintain elevator equipment. They are typically employed in cities where multi-story buildings are common.

Most elevator constructors in Alberta belong to the International Union of Elevator Constructors.

Apprentices may become crew supervisors after obtaining their journeyman certificates. Further advancement depends upon their experience and management skills.

Elevator constructors are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7318: Elevator Constructors and Mechanics. In Alberta, 89% of people employed in this classification work in the Construction [pdf] industry.

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in the Construction industry
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Journeyperson wage rates vary but generally range from $30 to $50 an hour plus benefits (2019 estimates).

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website: tradesecrets.alberta.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Mar 31, 2020. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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