Elevator installer career

Did you take electronics or shop classes at school and enjoyed them? As a child, did you always wonder how certain machinery works? Do you get a rush from being able to troubleshoot an issue and coming up with a solution to repair it? If you can identify with any of these traits above, you should consider a career as an elevator technician.
An elevator technician is someone who is responsible for not only the installation of elevator units in commercial, industrial and residential buildings, but they are also required to fix them whenever there is an issue. These specialists are usually people who enjoy working with their hands and power tools and have a good grasp of how machines and electronic circuits work.
If you are someone who do not enjoy sitting in an office, then this is an ideal career for you. On a day-to-day basis, most elevator technicians are on the road, traveling from site to site to perform repairs. Depending on the company they work for, sometimes technicians are provided with a company car so they can be mobile on their jobs. As a result, some companies will require elevator technicians to have a valid driver’s license or even have access to a vehicle (if they don’t provide one for you).
While a formal undergraduate degree is not required to be an elevator technician, students who are interested in pursuing a career in this field need to complete a college education and obtain a license before they can start practicing. According to the US Department of Labor’s US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for an elevator technician is quite positive. In fact, it is predicting a 25 percent growth from 2012 – 2022. This rate much higher than the rate of growth for most occupations (the average growth rate is about 8 percent)1. As the number of high rise buildings increase within the commercial and residential markets, the demand for elevators increase as well. As a result, elevator technicians are needed to not only install the units, but they are often called upon when issues arise due to wear and tear.
Elevator technicians tend to be in greater demand in metropolitan areas as the number of high rise buildings are greater. However, as condominium buildings become the preferred choice of living (since land prices are on the rise), elevator technicians are starting to become a popular occupation in areas beyond major cities as well.
In short, a career as an elevator technician is definitely not for everyone. In order to do well, you have to be someone who is competent with power tools and is also familiar with elevator mechanics. If you are vying for a cushy nine-to-five office job, this is definitely not it. While elevator installations may take place during regular hours, repairs can happen at any time of the day. Plus, it is also a physically demanding job which may require you to perform repairs outside of the elevator car and into the shaft.
For more information on the career path as an elevator technician, please contact your high school counselor.
Reference:
1. Elevator Installers and Repairers. US Bureau of Labor Statistics. US Department of Labor. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/elevator-installers-and-repairers.htm

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