Lift Mechanics design, install, maintain, service and repair electric and hydraulic passenger and freight lifts, escalators, moving walkways and other lift equipment.

    You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in electrical mechanics to work as a Lift Mechanic.

    Tasks

    • Examines blueprints, wiring diagrams and specifications to determine sequence and methods of operation.
    • Measures and lays out insulation reference points.
    • Selects, cuts and connects wire and cable to terminals and connectors.
    • Uses instruments to trace and diagnose faults.
    • Repairs and replaces faulty wiring and defective parts.
    • Positions and installs electrical switchboards.
    • Connects electrical systems to power supply.
    • Tests continuity of circuit.
    • Installs, tests and adjusts electric and mechanical parts of lifts.

    All Electricians

    • $1,823 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Lift Mechanics

    • 3,000 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Lift Mechanics (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 2,500 in 2011 to 3,000 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Lift Mechanics work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Other Services; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction58.8
    Other Services28.2
    Manufacturing7.0
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.8
    Other Industries4.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateLift MechanicsAll Jobs Average
    NSW38.131.6
    VIC27.025.6
    QLD18.120.0
    SA4.27.0
    WA9.210.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT1.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketLift MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.6-5.05.0
    20-249.1-9.39.3
    25-3427.6-22.922.9
    35-4422.9-22.022.0
    45-5424.2-21.621.6
    55-598.1-9.09.0
    60-643.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationLift MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree3.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV75.0-21.121.1
    Year 129.1-18.118.1
    Year 111.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below4.5-12.512.5

    You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in electrical mechanics to work as a Lift Mechanic.

    Membership with Master Electricians Australia may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • driver's licence
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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    Employers look for Electricians who have good people skills, are reliable and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      85% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Building and construction

      74% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    3. Customer and personal service

      71% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Technical design

      64% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    5. Physics

      60% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      100% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    2. Work at heights

      100% Important

      Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).

    3. Dangerous conditions

      99% Important

      Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

    4. Face-to-face discussions

      96% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    5. Dangerous equipment

      96% Important

      Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

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