What Does an Elevating Devices Mechanic Do?

An Elevating Devices Mechanic (636E) may inspect, install, maintain, service and repair elevating devices. These 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
  • comfortable with working in dark, confined spaces and working at great heights
  • troubleshooting and diagnostic techniques
  • handling and identification of hazardous substances and materials
  • rigging theory and safety
  • elevator modernization and alteration
  • practice workplace safety
  • continuously learning about new techniques/equipment in order to operate safely while maintaining productivity

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/training-standards

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

In order to register as an apprentice, you must be at least 16 years of age or older in the province of Ontario and have completed Grade 12 or equivalent. In Ontario, being an Elevating Device Mechanic is an Voluntary trade; completion of an Apprenticeship requires 7280 hours of on-the-job experience plus 3 periods of in-class training (8 weeks each). Many of the requirements of this trade are governed by the Technical Standards abd Safety Authority. Additional information can be found at their website: www.tssa.org. There you can find the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

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What’s Your Future as an Elevating Device Mechanic?

Elevating Devices Mechanics generally work 40-hour weeks. However, due to the nature of the job, it may be necessary to come in after hours in the case of emergencies. Employers who hire Elevating Device Mechanics generally include elevator construction and maintenance companies.

Wage Rate

As an apprentice you would start at a wage rate less than that of a journeyperson, but this rate increases gradually as you gain competency. A fully qualified Elevating Device Mechanic can earn an average of $20.00 per hour.


Ask Yourself: Is Working as an Elevating Devices Mechanic Right For  You?

Are you able to work in dark and confined spaces?

Yes     No

Do you have good independent problem solving skills?

Yes     No

This apprenticeship requires many weeks of in-class training. Are you attentive and motivated in a classroom setting?

Yes     No

Would you be willing to respond to job-site emergencies, any time of day or night?

Yes     No

Do you like figuring out what's wrong with something and then repairing it?

Yes     No

Are you able to bend, stretch, kneel, stand; work at great heights and lift objects if required?

Yes     No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, Elevating Devices Mechanic May Be For You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Machine Fitter
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Electrical Control (Machine Builder)


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