To work as an elevator installer and repairer, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete an apprenticeship program.
Education after high school
Most elevator installers and repairers learn their skills through apprenticeship training programs. Admission to apprenticeship programs is competitive. To apply for an apprenticeship, you must:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- be at least 18 years old; and
- be in good physical condition.
Apprenticeship programs usually consist of four years of on-the-job training. You are paid for the time you spend on the job. In addition, each year you receive at least 144 hours of classroom training.
To learn about specific apprenticeship opportunities in your area, consult the US Department of Labor State Apprenticeship Information website.
You can prepare for an apprenticeship by taking courses at a professional-technical or two-year school. Courses in electronics, electricity, general math, and drafting prepare students to enter apprenticeship programs. However, these courses are not required to qualify for an apprenticeship.
Some elevator installers and repairers receive informal on-the-job training from an experienced worker. Trainees must complete a six-month probationary period. It takes four to five years to become fully trained.
Some branches of the military train people to be mechanics and repairers. They offer training in several types of engines, such as boat, auto, and heavy equipment. They don't offer training in elevators though. However, some of the training you receive will transfer over to repairing elevators. Training lasts eight to 29 weeks, depending on your specialty. Further training occurs on the job.