Elevator Installers and Repairers

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Elevator Installers and Repairers

Elevator Installers and Repairers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, elevator installers and repairers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of responsibility for the health and safety of the people who use the elevators they work on.
  • Communicate mostly on the phone and in person.
  • Have a medium level of social interaction with others. They often work alone but also spend time talking with other workers and supervisors.
  • May work as part of a team.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors.
  • Always wear protective or safety attire, such as hard hats, gloves, and safety glasses.
  • Are exposed to hazardous conditions on a daily basis, such as unfinished building sites.
  • Daily are exposed to hazardous equipment, such as welding torches.
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  • Are regularly exposed to contaminants.
  • Are often exposed to extremely bright or dim lighting conditions.
  • May work in hot or cold temperatures, depending on the work site.
  • Sometimes get into awkward positions to reach cramped work spaces.
  • Are occasionally exposed to loud sounds and distracting noise levels.
  • Sometimes are exposed to hazardous situations that may cause cuts or burns.
  • May travel to and from work sites in a vehicle, such as a truck or van.
  • May work physically close to others, such as within several feet.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work so that elevators function properly. Errors could seriously injure passengers if the elevator were to fall.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
  • Often make decisions that greatly impact other workers and elevator passengers.
  • They nearly make all of their decisions and set most of their daily tasks and goals without checking with a supervisor first.
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  • Work in a moderately stressful atmosphere in which weekly deadlines must be met.


  • Travel to different sites to install or repair elevators.
  • May work nights or weekends to maintain elevators in busy buildings.
  • Usually work full time.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.