Elevator constructors and mechanics assemble, install, maintain and repair freight and passenger elevators, escalators, moving walkways and other related equipment. In this career, they are most often employed by elevator construction and maintenance companies. They may specialize in installation, maintenance or repair.

You like machines.

You are skilled at working with your hands and small tools.

You’re comfortable working in dark, confined spaces.


  • Install and wire electric and electronic control system devices.
  • Adjust valves, seals, brake linings and other components.
  • Install, test and adjust safety control devices.
  • Troubleshoot mechanical or electrical systems failures.
  • Test equipment and repair or replace parts.
  • Carry out preventative maintenance programs to ensure public safety.
  • Maintain logbooks that detail all repairs and checks performed.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Reading, communication and numeracy skills.
  • Problem-solving and planning.
  • Ability to use specialized instrumentation & equipment.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints.
  • Ability to do detailed, precise work indoors and out.
  • Physical fitness.

Entering the Trade

  • Is there a training pathway for this trade?: Yes
  • Number of Apprenticeship Years: 4
  • Apprenticeship Program: Canadian Elevator Industry Education Program (administered through the Union)

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Salary Range


*Based on 2023 collective agreement Journeyperson hourly rate

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~6,500 by 2032*

*BuildForce Canada 10-Year Workforce Outlook for NB

Did You Know?

Sometimes elevator constructors ride on the top of elevators moving at high speeds, so comfort with heights is important in this career! They can also be seen as heroes when they free people stuck in elevators.