Lift mechanic

What they do

Lift mechanics design, install, service and repair electric and hydraulic passenger and freight lifts (elevators), escalators, moving walkways and other lift equipment. They may need to examine blueprints and wiring diagrams to determine the methods of operation, as well as position and install electrical switchboards.  They work with both electrical and mechanical components of lift equipment. 

Working conditions

Lift mechanics work throughout Western Australia and frequently travel between sites. In some cases, they may be required to stay away from home overnight. At times they may be required to work at heights or in confined spaces, and so need to take appropriate health and safety precautions. Lift mechanics may be required to install systems in buildings that are still under construction. They need to ensure they have completed the necessary safety training required to enter an active building site.

Tools and technologies

Lift mechanics work with blueprints, wiring diagrams and specifications to plan the installation of lifting equipment and ensure client needs are met. They use specialist electronic equipment to test systems and diagnose faults. When working with electricity and on construction sites lift mechanics wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment to minimise health and safety risks. Because they are required to travel between sites, most lift mechanics need a driver’s licence and use smart phones and tablet devices to remain in contact with the company’s office.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a lift mechanic, you must first become a licensed electrical trade’s worker. To become an electrician, you usually need to complete an apprenticeship.

The electrical mechanics apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete.

Most employers will provide on-the-job training in the specific technologies and systems they use once you are employed.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend  time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

Required registration and licensing

To work as a lift mechanic in Western Australia, you will need to obtain an Electrical Licence issued by the Building and Energy Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

To work as a lift mechanic within the construction industry, you will need to obtain a Construction Induction Card (also known as a “White Card”) from a registered training organisation authorised by the WorkSafe Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.