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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.

Those authorized to perform the restricted activities of this designated trade include:

  • Sponsored Apprentices, and
  • Certified Journeypersons.

For complete information, see Restricted Activities and Classes of Individuals.

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.
  • Classroom instruction provided by the Canadian Elevator Industry Educational Program (CEIEP) is the only training presently recognized.
  • Apprentices are expected to demonstrate progress in their apprenticeship program within 18 months by engaging in an activity that will lead to the completion of a period of the program.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive a journeyperson certificate and an educational credential (Certificate of Achievement).
Trades Qualifier

You can earn a Journeyperson Certificate based on:

Work Experience

The requirements for an Elevator Constructor are:

Recognized Credentials

The requirements for an Elevator Constructor are:

  • A valid recognized credential from another jurisdiction.
  • A successful theory exam.

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.
Curriculum Guide Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Classroom Instruction View a list of currently scheduled 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.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.


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