Lift Mechanic/Lift Electrician

Lift mechanics and lift electricians assemble, install, adjust, maintain and repair electric and hydraulic freight and passenger lifts and escalators.

Personal requirements of a lift electrician or mechanic may include:

  • Enjoy technical work
  • Physically fit
  • Able to work at heights and in confined spaces
  • Good interpersonal and good communication skills
  • Aptitude in mechanical and electrical reasoning
  • Able to work without supervision and as part of a team

Lift electricians and mechanics may complete the following tasks:

  • Study drawings and lay out the position of steelwork, guide rails, motors, pumps and cylinders
  • Install cables, counterweights, pumps, motor foundations, escalator drives, lift cars, doors, entrance frames and safety and control devices
  • Correction of electrical wiring to control panels and electric motors
  • Install lift guide rails and check for correct alignment
  • Test and adjust assemblies, including cables, wiring and electric controls, and adjust safety devices such as brakes and speed governors
  • Use laptop computers in the field for tuning and diagnostic work in fault finding
  • Find the causes of faults in motors, brakes, switches and electrical and electronic control systems
  • Repair hydraulic or mechanical brakes by adjusting or replacing valves, ratchets, seals and brake linings

This job usually requires the completion of an apprenticeship in Electrotechnology Electrician. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require the completion of Year 10.

There is an increasing demand for lift electricians as modern lifts are controlled by computers and complex electronic systems. There is an increasing need for lift electricians and mechanics to have knowledge of electronics.

Lift electricians are employed by companies that require specialised electrical and mechanical work to install, maintain, modernise, service and repair lifts, escalators and moving walk systems.