The job of the Elevator Mechanic is to install, inspect, and maintain the operation of elevators during normal circumstances, as well as be able to respond quickly to trouble calls for assistance in times of emergency. Most Elevator Mechanics pass through a very involved apprenticeship as journeymen before being able to begin working without supervision. The Elevator Mechanic has a very demanding job which involves being on call extensively, at times for a straight 24 hours.
The Elevator Mechanic is called upon to use any number of tools ranging from the average spanner and soldering iron to very specialized tools such as the pneumatic hammer, meggars, voltmeter, and even a laptop equipped with diagnostics software. The job very often requires that the Elevator Mechanic manipulate large and unwieldy pieces of metal and equipment in extremely cramped spaces, in addition to carrying very heavy equipment up multiple flights of stairs.
Elevator Mechanics very often work in pairs, one trained and one apprentice, because a wide variety of tasks require work to be done in tandem. Elevator Mechanics work closely with building supervisors and safety inspectors in the course of their work, in an effort to service both the needs of the building's owner and the safety concerns of any governing body which may hold sway over installation of an elevator. Elevator Mechanics must maintain frequent communication with their fellow employees to limit downtime and maximize efficiency in terms of call-ins, which ensures that elevators under the purview of the company remain safe and operational.