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Elevator Technician in Toronto - Then and Now
Elevator Technician in Toronto - Then and Now
July 14, 2016

An elevator technician in Toronto had a lot of work to do in the old days when things were not automated, but technology has eliminated this kind of manual work. Technology has greatly advanced, and this means less machine breakdowns. There are two different methods of controlling elevators.

Manual control

Before World War II, most elevators used to be controlled manually by operators. There was no specific position for the cars to stop and most were controlled by switches. Adjacent ropes would be pulled, thus moving or stopping an elevator. Pushing the handle of the elevator forward would make the cab rise while pushing the handle backwards would make it descend. It also had a lever to control the energy supply to the motor so as to ensure accurate positioning. During those days, an elevator technician in Toronto used to be in high demand as there were a lot of manual operations to be done on a full-time basis.

Automatic control

As technological developments advanced, a lot has been improved in terms of how things came to be operated. Some new features have been included like overload sensors, control panel, alarm buttons, stop switch, elevator telephone, and hold buttons among others. All these features have made work easier and individuals can now use elevator cars without a technician’s assistance. With these advancements, Toronto elevator technician’s job has shifted to a more skilled operation. While a technician is no longer required to operate the elevator 24/7, he/she is crucial in maintaining the operability of the elevator by ensuring that its system remains functional. A technician is required to be increasingly specialized and knowledgeable about the computerization and mechanics of the system in order to be able to detect any bugs and resolve any issues that an untrained person will not be able to handle.

What kind of training do elevator technicians get?
Posted by: Anne Hauser | October 20, 2016, 11:39 am
I am usually nervous riding in elevators but this info has reassured me a bit. Technology has come a long way.
Posted by: Jenny | September 8, 2016, 3:51 pm
Are there specific programs written for elevator systems?
Posted by: Ben Ste. | July 25, 2016, 4:54 pm
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