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How Do You Become a Professional Elevator Technician?
February 25, 2016

What does it take to become an elevator technician in Toronto? You need to learn about the training and education options, license requirements and certifications, job outlook and average wages in order to ascertain if the career will be suited for you. There are also different schools who are offering Industrial Automation Engineering Technology courses or degrees.

Career information of an elevator technician

Elevator technicians do numerous jobs like installation, maintenance and repairs on escalators, elevators and other automated transport equipments. To become an elevator technician Toronto you will be required of your high school diploma or a GED or an apprenticeship program. High school courses like electronics, math and physics may be very beneficial or an associate degree in electrical engineering or mechanical technology can also be very relevant.

Who is an elevator technician?

An elevator technician Toronto is considered a technical specialist who installs, maintains and then repairs automated transport equipment. In this kind of role, you will be primarily responsible for elevators but you can also work on moving escalators, walkways and chairlifts. You install brakes, ratchets, doors and counterweights while connecting control panels, motors and wires. You may also be tasked to conduct inspections and at the same time run safety tests in order to indentify and then replace the damaged parts. Repairs can also include lubricating the moving parts or adjusting clearances and alignment. Throughout all of these different tasks, you should maintain a work log. These are the steps to become an elevator technician Toronto.

  • The first step that you need to do is prepare in high school. You need a GED or high school diploma for admission into an apprenticeship or post secondary program. The high school courses that are applicable in this type of field include those that relate to physics, mathematics, shop and electronics.
  • Next is to consider a certificate or an associate’s degree. Although this is not required, increasing the complexity of the elevator technology will make post secondary training in mechanical or electrical technology much more valuable especially if you are intending to become a technician. Community colleges as well as technical colleges and those universities offering 4 year degree colleges have certificate and associate degree program in mechanical and electrical engineering technology. Through electrical engineering technology programs, you will be taught of basic principles in electricity and you will be trained in their application to instruments, control systems, computing and communications. Courses will include analog circuits, computer aided design and digital circuits. The programs in mechanical engineering technology will teach you to apply the basic concepts in physics when giving solution to problems in construction and manufacturing. The courses which are covered include fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and technical graphics and electricity fundamentals.
  • Complete an apprenticeship. A four year program of apprenticeship will hone you in the field. A few elevator companies as well as independent contractors offer such apprenticeship. However there are local employees that sponsor most of these programs. These will then combine classroom instruction and work site experience and will give the technician aspirant some solid foundation in the field of work. 
I've heard you can do the apprenticeship in 3 years or less.
Posted by: David K. | June 27, 2016, 3:15 pm
do you guys have a careers section where I can apply?
Posted by: Loren Dannis | May 23, 2016, 2:29 pm
can a certificate be learned durign apprenticeship?
Posted by: Mike givanni | May 2, 2016, 5:13 pm
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