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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
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Escalator Constructor, Service Technician

NOC & Interest Codes
The Elevator Constructor is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Elevator Constructors and Mechanics
NOC code: 7318

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


Interest in carrying out preventive maintenance to ensure public safety


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.

Learn More

Updated Aug 18, 2016

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
  • do preparatory construction work including steel work, wiring and piping
  • install doors and frames, guide rails, counterweights and elevator, escalator and walkway chassis
  • connect car frames to counterweights with cables and assemble elevator cars
  • wire electronic control system equipment
  • test and adjust equipment
  • trouble-shoot problems with mechanical and electrical systems and make the necessary repairs 
  • carry out preventative maintenance programs to ensure public safety.
Working Conditions
Updated Aug 18, 2016

Elevator constructors work indoors most of the time but may do some outdoor work. They usually work eight hours a day, Monday through Friday. Maintenance and service personnel may be on 24 hour call for specified periods of time.

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 Aug 18, 2016

Elevator constructors need the following characteristics:

  • mechanical aptitude
  • the ability to work well in a small crew without direct supervision
  • the ability to do detailed and precise work
  • a willingness to keep up to date with innovations in the field.
Educational Requirements
Updated Aug 18, 2016

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:

  • have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 20-2, Math 20-3 and Science 10, or equivalent, or pass an entrance exam.
  • find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Electronic or mechanical training is a definite asset for anyone wishing to enter the trade. 

The term of apprenticeship is four 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 credit or certification.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Aug 18, 2016

This is an Apprenticeship trade. For full details, see the related certification profile

Employment & Advancement
Updated Aug 18, 2016

Elevator constructors are employed by elevator manufacturers and independent firms that contract to install, service and maintain elevator equipment. They are generally employed in cities where multi-storey 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 the person's experience and management skills. Alberta certified journeyperson elevator constructors who have the supervisory or management skills required by industry may apply for an Achievement in Business Competencies Blue Seal by contacting Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

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 in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Construction industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • 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 Aug 18, 2016

Journeyperson wage rates vary but generally range from $30 to $50 an hour plus benefits (2014 estimates).

Related High School Subjects
  • Science
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Construction
    • Electro-Technologies
    • Fabrication
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Aug 18, 2016

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website:

BuildForce Canada website:

Calgary Construction Association website:

Canadian Elevator Industry Educational Program (CEIEP) website:


For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 30, 2015. 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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