Elevator and escalator training is usually a combined program and provided primarily through apprenticeship programs, either by the state or local union. A state apprenticeship program or local union partners with different schools to accomplish the classroom training required by the apprenticeship program.
Qualifications for an elevator and escalator technician apprenticeship program depends upon the state, but all have basic requirements. The student has to be a high school graduate or have a general education diploma. The international student can have the equivalent of a high school diploma to be accepted into the apprenticeship program.
Elevator Mechanical Training :
Mechanical training is part of any elevator and escalator apprenticeship program in all over World. All elevators and escalators utilize mechanical components to operate. The schools that train elevator technicians spend a lot of course time on the types of mechanics used in escalators and elevators.
Elevator Electrical Training :
All elevators and escalators utilize electrical components to operate, and like the mechanical side of the apprenticeship program, a technician requires electrical training. The apprenticeship program offers courses in electrical blueprints, wiring diagrams, electrical troubleshooting and other electrical components used on the elevator and escalator.
Elevator Technician Licensing :
Many states require elevator and escalator technicians to pass a state licensing examination to become a qualified elevator technician -- also called a conveyance mechanic. The best way to qualify for a state licensing examination is to complete an apprenticeship program, but experience can qualify individuals for state licensing.