How to become a Lift Mechanic

Lift mechanics assemble, install, adjust, maintain and repair electric and hydraulic freight and passenger lifts and escalators.

Personal requirements of a Lift Mechanic

  • Enjoy technical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Normal colour vision
  • Able to work at heights and in confined spaces
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Aptitude in mechanical and electrical reasoning
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team

Education & Training for a Lift Mechanic

To become a lift mechanic you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Electrotechnology Electrician. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Lift Mechanic

Lift mechanics may perform the following tasks:

  • study drawings and lay out the position of steelwork, guide rails, motors, pumps and cylinders
  • install lift guide rails and check that they are correctly aligned
  • install cables, counterweights, pumps, motor foundations, escalator drives, lift cars, doors, entrance frames, and safety and control devices
  • connect electrical wiring to control panels and electric motors
  • test and adjust assemblies, including cables, wiring and electric controls, and adjust safety devices such as brakes and speed governors
  • carry out regular maintenance programs on lifts and escalators
  • use laptop computers in the field for tuning and diagnostic work in fault finding
  • find the causes of faults in motors, brakes, switches, and electrical and electronic control systems
  • repair hydraulic or mechanical brakes by adjusting or replacing valves, ratchets, seals and brake linings.

Working conditions for a Lift Mechanic

Lift mechanics working on installation and modernisation projects generally work in teams on building construction sites. In these instances they work closely with building and other specialist tradespeople. Lift mechanics may need to work weekends, on call or after hours to perform emergency repairs. They may also spend a great deal of time traveling to various locations.

Employment Opportunities for a Lift Mechanic

Lift mechanics are employed by companies that require specialised electrical and mechanical work to install, maintain, modernise, service and repair lifts, escalators and moving walkway systems. Maintenance and repair is an ongoing source of work. Installation jobs depend on the construction of new buildings. Job opportunities depend on the level of multistorey construction activity, changes to building regulations and replacement or repair requirements.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,324

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 28.1%

NT 1.8%

QLD 23.3%

SA 6.1%

TAS 2.1%

VIC 21.9%

WA 15.2%

Hours worked:

40.6

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 98.8%

Proportion of female workers 1.2%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 6.3%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 12.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 74.4%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 4%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 2.3%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 46.8%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 48.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Modern lifts are controlled by computers and complex electronic systems. As a result, there is an increasing need for lift mechanics to have a knowledge of electronics. After completing your apprenticeship, you will need to apply for a licence to perform electrical work.
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