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.