Elevator mechanics put new elevators in buildings and maintain existing ones, ensuring their safe use. They perform tasks such as connecting wiring, fixing braking issues, testing for mechanical problems and recording maintenance work. They also perform routine inspections and troubleshoot computer and electrical systems.
Most of these mechanics work for building equipment contractors. This career path often starts with an apprenticeship that takes four years and provides the technical skills and hands-on experience needed to work on elevators independently. You can also expect to get a state license and complete ongoing training.
With a reported $94,320 average salary in 2022, elevator mechanics rank among the highest paying trade jobs. While projections of a 3% job growth rate expected through 2031 will mean less demand, businesses will still need mechanics to replace those leaving their companies.