Lift mechanic


Also known as:

  • Lift Electrician

What they do

Lift mechanics install, maintain and repair lifts (elevators), escalators, moving walkways and other lift equipment. They may perform functions such as adjusting and tuning lifts to ensure they work properly and safely. 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.http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe

How do I become one?

Education and training

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

The electrical mechanics apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

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

Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (commonly known as a “White Card”). In Western Australia, training is conducted by registered training organisations authorised by the WorkSafe Division, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

To work as a lift mechanic in Western Australia, you will need to obtain an Electrical Licence from EnergySafety.

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

You may also be interested in