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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7318 Occupation: Elevator constructors and mechanics
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Elevator constructors and mechanics assemble, install, maintain and repair freight and passenger elevators, escalators, moving walkways and other related equipment. They are employed by elevator construction and maintenance companies. Elevator constructors and mechanics assemble, install, maintain and repair freight and passenger elevators, escalators, moving walkways and other related equipment. They are employed by elevator construction and maintenance companies.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3

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  • Read operating instructions and precautions on the labels of power tools and other equipment. (1)
  • Read collective agreements and union handbooks to learn about the contractual rights and obligations of elevator mechanics, apprentices and employers. (2)
  • Read email from head office and technical support about updated procedures for elevator installation. For example, read about revised tolerances for guide rail installation. (2)
  • Read notes outlining tasks completed and instructions for work that needs to be done on maintenance forms and work orders. (2)
  • Read procedures in operating manuals when repairing or adjusting elevators. For example, read procedures for adjusting the operation of elevator car doors. (2)
  • Read trade magazines, bulletins and newsletters from the union. For example, read Elevator World magazine to learn about new models and technologies, stay current with industry trends and locate products and suppliers. (3)
  • Read textbooks and manuals outlining requirements for installation, operation, maintenance and repair of elevating devices. Read about the mechanical, electrical, structural and operating requirements for different elevator models. (3)
  • Read municipal by-laws for sites of new elevator installations to ensure compliance with local regulations. (3)
  • Read codebook descriptions of elevator malfunctions. The codebook descriptions are one to three sentences long and contain highly technical terminology. Interpretation is required when there is more than one diagnostic code. (3)
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  • Write comments on timesheet and in daily journals summarizing tasks completed at different job sites. (1)
  • Write about tasks performed, code procedures followed and results obtained in elevator maintenance records. For example, note that an elevator's brakes were replaced and that the performance of new equipment was verified according to specific code procedures. (2)
  • Make notes on 'as-built' drawings and construction plans outlining modifications made to original designs. For example, make notes on electrical schematics describing modifications required to add in-car televisions. (3)
  • Write notes about safety incidents. For example, write about events preceding incidents, describe what occurred at the time of failures and outline the results of inspections of machinery and circuitry afterward. (3)
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Document Use
  • Enter dates, codes and other data on forms in elevator logbooks to document repair and maintenance work conducted. (1)
  • Read elevator pre-deployment installation deficiency lists to learn about corrections or additional work that must be done prior to elevator certification. (2)
  • Enter information on elevator maintenance checklist forms describing work completed. For example, conduct door closing tests and record the results on elevator maintenance checklists. (2)
  • Scan lists of tasks prepared by supervisors. The lists are typically point-form notes about scheduled tasks. (2)
  • Review construction drawings when installing elevators. For example, scan drawings to locate measurements required to attach rails to shaft walls when constructing elevator car support structures. (3)
  • Refer to electrical and electronic schematics and wiring diagrams to understand how to connect and troubleshoot electrical components. For example, read schematics showing how to connect elevator control panels. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use Internet browser programs such as Google Chrome or Internet Explorer to view suppliers' websites for technical information about new elevator models. (2)
  • Use cellular phone-based text messaging and pager-based text-paging to send and receive information about equipment required for service calls. (2)
  • Use computer and software applications. For example, input software commands into a handheld diagnostic device containing a computer and coded programs. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Communicate with dispatchers to get concrete details about times, addresses, design changes and part numbers. (1)
  • Speak to building managers about the status of elevator repairs. For example, notify building managers that elevators will be inoperative for a number of days because of difficulties obtaining parts from suppliers. (2)
  • Discuss problems with company engineers and technical support. For example, describe problems with mechanical components such as motors that keep burning out and ask for troubleshooting and repair instructions. (2)
  • Communicate daily with co-workers while completing elevator installations or maintenance. Share information regarding site activities as a means to improving scheduling and completing installations successfully. (2)
  • Assign job tasks and instruct partners or helpers, especially when training apprentices. Demonstrate the tasks involved in maintaining and repairing mechanical and electrical systems and provide feedback on task performance. (3)
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Money Math
  • Buy tools and equipment using company charge accounts or credit cards. (1)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Prepare detailed timelines of annual, monthly and weekly maintenance requirements for elevating devices. (2)
  • Establish budgets and schedules for installation, repair and maintenance projects. For example, elevator constructors and mechanics determine the cost of the elevator, as well as quantities and costs of parts and supplies required for an installation. They schedule the time required based on established production rates. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Use measuring tapes to determine dimensions of elevator shafts to position other components such as brackets, rail and car-cab parts precisely before proceeding with installations. (1)
  • Install shims to adjust rail positions in elevator shafts that are not straight. (2)
  • Measure elevator operating performance characteristics. For example, measure the speed at which motors rotate or doors open and close. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Analyze the results of diagnostic tests to determine how to make correct adjustments. For example, analyze acceleration and deceleration rates and adjust them to speeds that are comfortable for elevator riders. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate times that elevators will be out of commission. (1)
  • Estimate the time required to complete new installations considering the number of floors, cars and rails that need to be installed. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Elevator constructors and mechanics are usually assigned work by supervisors or crew leaders. Repair and service work is usually assigned on a daily basis, while work on large installation projects may be scheduled for longer periods of time. They adjust their schedules frequently to carry out emergency repairs. Self-employed elevator constructors and mechanics plan their own job tasks. They may plan installations several weeks or months in advance. Elevator constructors and mechanics plan and assign sequences of job tasks to apprentices according to their skill levels. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide which tools or procedures to use for specific tasks. For example, decide to use grinders with cutting wheels rather than cutting torches to cut mounting brackets or decide to add additional spacer brackets in order to better align the rails of new elevator cars. (2)
  • Decide to modify existing installations. For example, when working on older installations decide to add additional circuits and use heavier gauge wire to decrease the risks of malfunction and possible fires. (3)
  • Decide to bid on contracts based on reviews of the specifications and drawings. For example, self-employed elevator constructors and mechanics bid on projects that appear to be safe and profitable installation jobs. They follow established procedures and rely on past experience to make cost-effective bids. (3)
  • Decide to shut down elevators indefinitely due to unsafe conditions. These decisions are difficult because safety considerations must be weighed against the needs of the building tenants. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Elevators have broken down with passengers inside. Consider whether a sub-floor entry is possible and the potential risks to the passengers. Get the passengers out and then repair the elevator. (2)
  • Discover that elevator users are angry because repair work requires lock-down procedures. Explain to them that lock-downs are necessary to ensure safety and efficiency and that the repair will be completed as soon as possible. (2)
  • There are malfunctions involving undocumented trouble codes. Call technical support, describe the problems and receive information on how to rectify them. (2)
  • Discover unauthorized and unsafe modifications. For example, discover wiring that is not in accordance with safety regulations. Shut off elevators, complete investigation reports describing the unauthorized modifications and correct the wiring errors. (2)
  • Encounter customers who give inaccurate information. For example, an elevator constructor may be misinformed by a prospective customer who wants to install an illegal, automatic lift for a handicapped family member. The elevator constructor proposes an easy-to-operate chair lift that is comparably priced, appropriate for the handicapped individual and can be installed and operated legally. (3)
  • Apprentices are not making progress. For example, an elevator mechanic may see that an apprentice is unable to perform many measurement tasks independently. The mechanic discusses the deficiency with the apprentice and finds that lack of basic mathematical skills is causing the difficulties. The mechanic recommends remedial resources and offers to spend additional time to help the apprentice develop better mathematics skills. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Find information about an elevator malfunction. For example, look at service records, visually inspect the elevator machinery and ask building managers about events preceding the breakdown. (1)
  • Retrieve information about elevator installation parameters from various sources. For example, refer to project specifications, building blueprints and provincial code books to find information on subjects such as elevator shaft dimensions or tolerance settings for elevator rail-to-shaft wall clearance requirements. (2)
  • Find elevator service and repair information in product maintenance manuals. For example, refer to error codes and troubleshooting procedures when diagnosing electrical faults. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the condition of elevators when planning maintenance. Look for variations in operational measurements for parameters such as response time and speed, and check for visible damage to the equipment. (1)
  • Assess the readiness of elevator installations for certification inspections. Assess conformance with Canadian Standards Association code regulations, operating manuals and Technical Standard and Safety Association requirements. (2)
  • Evaluate possible dangers created by unauthorized wiring modifications. Look for variations in voltage and current of circuits affected by the modification, inspect solder joints and check the gauge of wire used. (3)
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