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Elevator Constructor

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Elevator constructors install, modify, service and repair electric and hydraulic elevators, personnel and man-hoists, moving walkways, stagelifts, escalators and related equipment.

Elevator constructors may specialize in construction, maintenance or repair work.

In general, elevator constructors and their apprentices:

  • read and interpret blueprints to determine the layout of cylinders, electrical connections and other system components,
  • do preparatory construction work including steelwork, wiring and piping,
  • install doors and frames, guide rails, counterweights, and elevator, escalator and walkway chassis,
  • connect car frames to counterweights with cables and assemble elevator cars,
  • wire electronic control system equipment,
  • test and adjust equipment,
  • trouble-shoot when mechanical or electrical systems fail and make the necessary repairs, and
  • carry-out preventative maintenance programs to ensure public safety.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
  • The term of apprenticeship for an elevator constructor is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1800 hours of on-the-job training each year.
  • Technical training provided by the Canadian Elevator Industry Educational Program (CEIEP) is the only training presently recognized.
Trade Qualifier

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit

Supporting Resources

Description / Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Course Outline Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Technical Training View a list of currently scheduled technical training classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Trade Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation.


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