Trades & Services

Lift Mechanic

Lift mechanics install, maintain and repair freight and passenger lifts and escalators.

  • Entry-level education


  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Lift Mechanic do?

Lift mechanics install, maintain and repair freight and passenger lifts and escalators. install, service and repair all types of lifts and escalators. Lift mechanics may also be known as life technicians, lift electricians or lift engineers


Work activities

As a lift mechanic, you would:

  • study blueprints and drawings to determine the position of building structures and services
  • install and repair lift doors, guide rails, cables, counterweights and drives
  • determine the cause of malfunctions in brakes, motors, switches, and control systems
  • adjust counterweights, door mechanisms, and safety controls
  • connect all wiring and motors
  • conduct tests on the finished lift
  • ensure installations or repairs comply with all safety regulations and building codes
  • carry out regular maintenance programs on lifts and escalators.
  • keep detailed records of all maintenance and repair tasks.

Key skills and interests

To become a lift mechanic, you would need:

  • good technical skills
  • electrical and/or mechanical skills
  • teamwork skills
  • the ability to read blueprints and engineering drawings
  • an ability to work at heights and in confined spaces
  • communication skills
  • good health and safety awareness.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a lift mechanic you would work a standard number of hours per week. You may need to work on a roster to cover on-call emergencies.


Lift mechanics work for specialist lift maintenance companies, building services contractors, and government authorities.


How to become an Lift Mechanic?

Entry Level Education

To become a lift mechanic you have to complete an apprenticeship as an electrotechnology electrician. Generally, employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

After completing your apprenticeship, you would need to apply for a licence to perform electrical work.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of lift mechanics is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

The growth in multi-story residential apartments and commercial construction will mean that more lifts and escalators will be installed and need to be maintained, leading to greater opportunities for lift mechanics. Despite advances in technologies to monitor lift functionality and diagnose problems, lifts have many moving parts and will still need to be serviced regularly and repaired promptly when they break down.

Opportunities will be best for those with knowledge of electronics relating to lifts and escalators.


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